February 17, 2010
Cermele: A Current Portrait of the Angling Public
By Joe Cermele
Yesterday I received an interesting tidbit from the PR firm that represents Ask.com. If you're unfamiliar with this website, it's a search engine that lets you pose questions instead of just search terms, i.e. "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" The site is pretty popular and widely used, so it was cool to get an inside look at the top ten fishing questions asked in the last 30 days. I think the info paints a neat little picture of anglers at large.
Top Fishing Questions Asked on Ask.com
1. How do you tie the best fishing knots?
2. When is the best time to go fishing?
3. What bait do you use for bass fishing?
4. Who invented the fishing pole?
5. How much is a fishing license?
6. How do you put new line on a fishing rod?
7. How does barometric pressure affect fishing?
8. What is the biggest state for fishing?
9. How do you fish for bass?
10. How do I start my own fishing guide service?
Question one doesn't surprise me. If I had to guess, I'd say a strong percentage of fishing books sold every year are knot books, or at least knot-heavy. If you haven't noticed, there are thousands of knot sites online. People love fishing knots, but this also suggests that a whole bunch of anglers don't know how to tie them.
Notice the only species mentioned by name is bass? There you go...the largemouth will always be America's number one most popular gamefish.
"Who invented the fishing pole" was kind of a shocker, especially since it ranked number four. To be honest, I don't think I've ever thought much about it. Guess I have to go look that one up, though I imagine the true answer is "the first guy to break a branch off a tree and tie a string to the end."
Finally, I found number ten most intriguing. I can't help but wonder if this is a popular question because in these hard economic times, anglers are thinking of supplimenting income by guiding in the areas they've been fishing for years.
Anything missing you figured would have been on the list? Do any of these questions surprise you? -- JC