Bass angling is by far most popular choice among the over 46 million license-carrying men and women who fish in the United States. That’s a pretty big deal. To put that into more perspective, angling accounts for nearly $48 billion in retail sales each year. The overall annual economic impact of fishing is $115 billion. $1.3 billion of those dollars go towards environmental protection and sustainability. Anglers spend 554 million days on the water annually. Most of us can think of a pretty long list of people we know smitten by the angling bug.
The popularity of competitive bass fishing is steadily growing thanks to continued shifts towards reality-based, hands-on content. ESPN2, NBC Sports, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman’s Channel, World Fishing Network, and others deliver hundreds of hours in weekly programming. Fishing fans follow and interact with the sport and its players daily on popular industry news sites and on social media. Professional anglers are good people who fish and that’s interesting to a lot of folks. Remember — Good People. Fish.
Fishing fans are brand loyal. Four out of five say they buy products and support brands that support competitive fishing. They want to see their favorites do well and know strong corporate support is vital to their careers.
The following sites offer a peek into the passionate pursuit of professional bass fishing: