Time to grab your fishing pole and some bait. June 18 is National Go Fishing Day! Let’s head to the outdoors for some good old fashioned fun.
Fishing is a great way to enjoy some family time. Many fond memories, later in life, are those of a father and son (or daughter) spending quality time learning to fish.
Another great day for parents and their children to share is Be a Kid Again Day. It is a day to let out your inner child in all sorts of ways. Fishing is just one of them!
This has been quite a year for all of us, but one thing has not changed – being outdoors is good for us.
Today is the day to take some time out to head to your favorite lake or pond and try your hand at fishing.
If being near the water is attractive to you, be sure to also check out National Oyster Day on August 5.
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What is fishing?
Fishing is the act of catching fish, and can be considered either a sport or as a means of procuring food.
When we think of fishing, an image of a person with a fishing line comes to mind, but there are actually many means of catching fish, including gathering by hand, spearing fish, netting, trapping and fishing with a rod and fishing line.
The act of fishing can be divided into two categories: commercial fishing and sport fishing. Entire industries are centered around procuring fish for human consumption.
While we may not have all the equipment on hand that a commercial fisherman, or true sport fisherman may have, we can still take to the outdoors with a fishing rod, and some bait to try and catch a fish or two to celebrate national go fishing day.
Fun facts about fishing
Brush up on your knowledge of fishing with these interesting facts.
- There’s a popular knot called “the fisherman’s knot”, which also goes by the name “true lovers knot”. This knot is a symbol of Valentine’s Day.
- A person who goes fishing with a rod and line is known as an angler.
- When you go sport fishing, the fish is often thrown back into the water.
- According to the American Sportfishing Association, the sport of fishing supports more than 800,000 jobs in America.
- World Atlas tells us that there are 33,600 species of fish in the world.
- Fly fishing dates back to about 200 AD.
- Fish fossils found on archaeological digs seem to indicate that some of the first fishermen existed 500,000 years ago.
- The largest fishing industry in the world comes from China.
- The most popular type of sport fishing is fly fishing.
- What do you think? Is it really true that hungry fish are easier to catch?
- Sunfish or “sunnies” are on the list of one of the easiest fish to catch.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest fishing lure measures 40 ft, 5 inches long x 8 feet, 1 inch wide!
How to observe National Go Fishing Day
There are plenty of obvious ways to celebrate National Go Fishing Day – just go fishing! Here are a few creative ideas to also help honor this day.
- Read Field and Stream’s Total Fishing Manual to find out how to catch big fish.
- Listing to some fun country music fishing songs.
- Watch the movie Gone Fishin’ for a fun look at a day of fishing.
- If you can’t go fishing, try making one of your favorite fish recipes today. Barramundi with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce is a great one.
- Read the Book H is for Hook to your toddler to help them learn the alphabet.
- Do the word search puzzle for June to see if you can find Go Fishing Day in it.
- Use the hashtag #NationalGoFishingDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
What is a national day of the year?
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.
Be sure to have a look at my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are about 2000 national days in the year and approximately 150 of them are celebrated in June.
To see them all, check out this post to discover more about the national days in June.
Is learning about food your thing? Each day of this month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the June food holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these other national days that happen this month:
- National Ballpoint Pen Day
- National Rotisserie Chicken Day
- National Corn on the Cob Day
- Color TV Day
- National Garfield the Cat Day
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