ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Casting a wide net this year, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) hooked celebrities, fishing pros, federal and state representatives to curate the official 2017 Best Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ unveiled the full list today.
New this year, an exciting group of distinguished contributors and experts have sourced the list, sharing their favorite family-friendly fishing and boating spots. Country music star Luke Bryan headlines this year's contributors, alongside fellow musician Justin Moore, pro football player Alejandro Villanueva and a host of industry experts. The news comes just ahead of an event-filled National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3 – 11.
The full list of 2017 Best Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat is available at www.takemefishing.org/bestplaces and highlights include:
- Percy Priest Lake, Tenn.– Country music star Luke Bryan admits "a good fisherman never shares his best spot," but still offers up his favorite place to escape his fast-paced world for some relaxing time on the water. Known for "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," Bryan's favorite spot near Nashville is a natural addition to this year's list. Bryan has a clothing line of the same name available at Cabela's, and fans can catch the country music megastar on his HFE tour this summer.
- Presque Isle Bay, Pa.– Professional offensive lineman and former Army Ranger Alejandro "Big Al" Villanueva picked this popular spot on Lake Erie, and knows a thing or two about the importance of good tackle and a strong line. When he's not protecting the quarterback, Al says, "I spend a lot of my free time fishing and really cherish any time on the water."
- Degray Lake, Ark.– Having grown up in nearby Poyen, Ark., country music singer Justin Moore frequented Degray Lake as a young boy, and passed down his love of fishing to his own kids. He remembers, "watching my oldest daughter catch her first fish all by herself has to be my favorite moment out there."
- Texas City Dyke, Texas– Professional angler Cindy Nguyen added this spot, noting, "I grew up fishing in Texas City Dyke and the surrounding areas. It's still one of my favorite places to bring the family."
- Central Park, N.Y.– Host of South Bend's Lunkerville, Michael de Avila, better known to his fans as Mike D., picked an unexpected fishing oasis in the middle of the nation's largest city. Central Park offers three unique family-friendly spots at the lake, the pond and the Harlem Meer.
- Webb Lake, Fla.– Women's sportfishing advocate and outdoor writer Debbie Hanson loves the fishing at wildlife at Webb Lake. "Not only is Webb Lake great for numbers of largemouth bass and bluegill, but there are also some fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. I've spotted sandhill cranes, great blue herons and white-tailed deer on my visits."
- South Padre Island, Texas– Pedro Sors, professional angler and Mexico's most popular fishing TV show host, chose this popular spot for its ability to provide him and his sons with "a sense of freedom and a way to connect with nature and myself."
- Buckeye Creek, Calif. – Chelsea Day of the Someday I'll Learn blog, fondly recalls memories at this picturesque spot in the eastern Sierras. "Our oldest son caught his first fish at this spot, and it was really special to be able to cook it right up and serve it for dinner at the campsite. Such a sense of accomplishment for him!"
"This year we decided to ask some of our friends and partners where they like to go fishing, and the response has been overwhelming," said RBFF President and CEO, Frank Peterson. "While the locations are as diverse as the people who shared them, some key themes emerged. From the busiest cities to the smallest fishing holes, you're never too far from a place to make memories with loved-ones. Fishing and boating are easy ways to escape life's tensions, so whether you're getting over a stressful week at the office or simply trying to cut back on screen time, this is the year to get out on the water together to conserve and restore our nation's aquatic resources."
To see if your favorite spot made this year's list or to find new places to explore, visit our interactive map.
About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic resources. RBFF's recently announced 60-in-60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org, and VamosAPescar.org, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.
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