Did you know ... that one in every 10 dollars spent in the United States on fishing, is spent in Florida?

Did you know ... that even more impressive is the fact that 43 percent of anglers in the United States call the southeast region home?

Did you know ... that overall, nearly $20 billion in fishing retail sales are realized annually in the southeastern market?

Did you know ... that more than half of the United States sportfishing dollars are spent east of the Mississippi River?

Did you know ... that the sportfishing industry generates more state revenue for Florida than the citrus and cattle industries combined?

Did you know ... 93 percent of Americans support legal recreational fishing?

Did you know ... signed in 1995, Presidential Executive Order 12962 directs federal agencies to promote and protect sportfishing opportunities?

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"My biggest worry is that my wife, when I'm dead, will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."
Koos Brandt

"Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl."
Ernest Hemingway


"Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration."
 Izaac Walton

"When I am home alone I like to scatter my tackle across the floor and play with it. I may pretend I am working on it, performing preventative maintenance, but really it is playing."
Howell Raines, author of Fly Fishing Through The Midlife Crisis in 1993


"It is just possible that nice guys don't catch the most fish. But they find far more pleasure in those they do get."
Roderick Haig-Brown 1960

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him/her the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
Rachel Carson


"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”
David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia

"Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once"
Lee Wulf


"Anglers are born hones, but they get over it"
Ed Zern

"For the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish."
John H. Bradley


"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."
John Buchan

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
Irish Blessing


"The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming"
Leonardo Da Vinci

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
Henry David Thoreau


"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn."
Chuck Clark

"i'd rather be fishing"

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