Texarkana Gazette

Make someone fall for you by taking them fishing or boating

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water.

A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationsh­ips on behalf of the Recreation­al Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significan­t other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful and romantic. Of the one-third of couples who have never been fishing or boating on a date, 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men would be game to try.

“We like to say that couples who fish and boat together stay together. The survey also confirmed what we have been taking note of—that women are more interested than ever in fishing and boating,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson.

According to the results, half of both men and women consider it important that their significan­t other shows interest in outdoor activities. Approximat­ely a third of men and women prefer nontraditi­onal dates that involve outdoor activity or adventure, like fishing or boating, due to the excitement and spontaneit­y they create. They also reported that getting outdoors allows them to disconnect from technology. The Thrill of the Catch:

38 percent of men are impressed by a woman who can bait a hook.

One-third of people in a relationsh­ip prefer non-traditiona­l dates such as hiking and fishing.

60 percent of women and 58 percent of men would be game for going fishing on a date.

70 percent of women and 68 percent of men would go on a boating date.

The top five outdoor dates are boating, hiking, camping, fishing and biking.

In addition, overall fishing participat­ion is on the rise, with 33.1 million Americans picking up a rod in 2012. Of this, more than a quarter were female. Americans who went boating in 2012 was also up, with 88 million hitting the water.

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