“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.”

That’s right, romantic.

What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and relationship movies with couples walking along the beach, waves crashing into shoreline rocks, and the reflection of the sunset over water. Every boat is a convertible. And while you are sharing a sunset cruise, why not troll for a striped bass?

About 88 million people boated in 2012, and 33 million went fishing either on a boat or from shore. However, the U.S. population is over 320 million so these figures also show that there are many people who maybe just haven’t tried boating and/or fishing together yet and might enjoy this non-traditional romantic date. And if the weather is too cold for a boat ride, a basket of snacks and little propane heater could help turn an ice hut into a cozy, unique date experience for the right, adventuresome person.

Have you been on a date and gone fishing or boating?

Sources: Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation (RBFF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Manufactures Association.


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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.