The recreational fishing industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that will leave you in awe. There are huge enterprises and conglomerates that are dedicated to the art and sport of fishing.
You have already read about the fishing sports and tournaments that are held across the country every year, but that is not all. There is more to it then meets the eye. There are manufacturers of fishing boats, equipment, and accessories that are bought and sold in the millions every year. These equipment include hooks, lures, baits, artificial flies, boats, boat related equipment, and more Then there is the guide and tourism industry where beginners and enthusiasts are taken to secluded spots for fishing. They are guided and provided with maps to make them familiar with the land.
There is a concept called “pay to fish”. Under this, sports fishing enterprises and companies will provide you with anglers that will further provide you with controlled access to canals, lakes, and ponds. Their job is to provide you with an opportunity to fish in the best possible location and under the best possible circumstances.
You cannot fish anywhere and everywhere and anytime. There are areas where it is legally allowed to fish and not fish. You need to understand the permissions. Then there is the fishing season. So you may have to wait a month or two before you can go and fish. This is why there are “pay to fish” concepts.
As you have previously read and already understand the magnitude of this industry and the far-reaching effects that it can have- sports and recreational fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. Here are some numbers. The commercial fishing industry generated $141 billion in the year 2014 in the US while over 11 million saltwater fishers were able to generate $58 billion in sales. Amazing.