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Women who fish are happier, study finds

'You're focused on being out there in the water trying to fish'
Posted at 9:51 AM, Jul 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-24 14:09:07-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A recent study by found women who fish are happier.

Alex Zacharias isn't surprised. On a whim about five years ago, she went fishing with a friend and hasn't stopped since.

"I caught a huge (fish) and I was like, 'Oh, I'm hooked,'" Zacharias said.

The study of about 1,000 women found that one in four says recreational fishing improves their mood, helps to manage stress and gives them peace.

Women & Fishing study

"You're focused on being out there on the water trying to fish," Rachel Piacenza, with, said. "You really can't focus on anything else. If you have other things on your mind, sometimes those just go away."

Zacharias turned her passion into a platform for other amateur female fishers to share their adventures. Her Instagram page @bassthumb_babes has amassed more than 8,000 followers.

Many women agree the benefits of fishing for fun extend beyond happiness. The study found those who take up the hobby, once primarily dominated by men, tend to develop perseverance, patience and grit to tackle other areas of life with confidence.