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Take Me Fishing Research Reveals Women Who Fish Are Happier and Healthier

Take Me Fishing™ Research Reveals Women Who Fish Are Happier and Healthier

Integrated Marketing Campaign Spotlights Life-Changing Benefits of Fishing for Women

Women who fish are happier and healthier, according to new research from Take Me Fishing™, a national brand from the non-profit Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The research, a first to take a deep dive into female attitudes and behaviors around fishing, is driving a new integrated marketing campaign that shines a light on the life-changing benefits of fishing and helps women to “Find Your Best Self on the Water.”


Key highlights from the study include: 


  • Among women who fish, 1 in 4 say it improves their mood, brings them peace, and helps them manage their mental health and long-term stress. 
  • Women who fish have greater perseverance and are more likely to say that setbacks do not discourage them.
  • Almost half of women who fish say that fishing teaches them patience and helps to develop their confidence.
  • Women who fish have higher self-esteem and a clear mind (mindfulness).
  • Seventy-five percent of women who fish do not feel well-represented in marketing and advertising.


“Fishing has a profound impact on a woman’s life”, said Rachel Piacenza, Senior Director of Marketing, RBFF. “Our research shows this and our newest campaign is going a long way to accurately and inclusively depict this key audience, ideally inspiring more females to feel comfortable trying this life-enhancing activity.”


Despite record levels of female participation in fishing, almost half of female anglers do not feel respected by the broader angling community with more than 1 in 3 feeling stereotyped. Lack of representation is intimidating and prohibitive for at least one in every four female anglers, and women of color tend to agree even more with this statement.


Take Me Fishing ‘s 2023 campaign aims to confront these barriers and inspire women everywhere to challenge themselves to try something new to help them find their best self while supporting a more inclusive fishing and boating environment.


The research, conducted in partnership with global market research firm IPSOS, consisted of a survey of active and lapsed female and non-anglers to better understand the benefits, behaviors, and barriers they experience.


A women-led team conceived and developed the “Find Your Best Self on the Water” campaign. In addition to the research findings, the campaign includes 60- and 30-second ads, public service announcements, print, digital, and social media extensions, integrated media partnerships, influencer partnerships, and earned media activations.


For additional insights and to help inspire more women to try on the benefits of fishing and boating, visit takemefishing.org/find-your-best-self.



For further information: Bruna Carincotte, bcarincotte@rbff.org