Instead, schedule a fun fishing date instead of the usual “husky” Valentine’s Day dinner routine. In fact, since the holiday falls on a Sunday, this is the perfect year to come up with some ideas for Valentine’s Day fishing dates. That means you don’t have to limit your Valentine’s Day fishing date to just a few hours.
If you’re not sure how a fishing appointment will be received by your significant other, don’t worry, as research shows it will likely go down well. According to a survey of a third of couples who have never fished or boated on a date, 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men would be a game to try.
Do you need help coming up with ideas for fishing dates or are you concerned about a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate? Check out these five ideas that include both exterior and interior options.
Plan a last minute weekend getaway using our interactive map to find fishing and boating spots. You might want to pay special attention to the warm-weather destinations that were on the list, like Everglades National Park or Bahia Honda State Park. When you go, be sure to watch a romantic sunrise or sunset on the water.
If you live in the northern United States and want to stay close to home, consider renting an ice fishing cabin or house. There are fish camps and fishing resorts where ice fishing shanties are rented weekly or during the day. Plan to pour hot cocoa and relax by the fireplace after ice fishing.
Take a fly casting lesson together. There are professional fly casting instructors who can customize a lesson or series of lessons for couples who want to learn how to fly.
Pick your dream boat at a local boat show or explore a romantic fishing trip for couples at a fishing show near you. For example, this year the Miami International Boat Show takes place on Valentine’s Day weekend (February 15-19).
Find a local fishing seminar or class and learn some new fishing techniques together. Or learn how to prepare your catch by taking a couples cooking class.
Now that you have five clever fishing date ideas to use for Valentine’s Day, make sure you’ve renewed your fishing license for this year and check the rules for any new areas you plan to visit.
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.