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Fishing, boating: America's No. 1 choice for family fun vacationing

The results are in: Fishing and boating are America's favorite ways to spend quality family time together.

In a recent national survey by the Rec-reational Boating and Fishing Foundation, 87 percent of Americans said that fishing and boating have a positive effect on family relationships — more than any other activity.

"Fishing and boating are favorite Amer-ican traditions that promote family values and cohesiveness as well as wholesome recreational outdoor activities,'' said Bruce Matthews, RBFF President and chief executive officer. is a great re-source that provides all the information families need to learn where and how to boat and fish. This public service Web site makes it easy for beginners to get started spending time on the water. Visitors can learn basics such as:

• Where to obtain a fishing license.

• How to select baits and lures.

• How to tie a fishing knot.

• Tips on casting.

• How to identify their catch.

• How to register a boat.

• Guide to boat-buying.

A section titled Family Fun features:

• Puzzles and games.

• Vacation planning facts and information.

• Tips for spending time on the water with youngsters.

The Web site includes tens of thousands of boat ramps, marinas, and other places to access the water, such as fishing piers.

Visitors can search by state, county or even body of water. It also provides tips for protecting the nation's aquatic resources.

Fishing and boating are activities that the whole family can enjoy. Visit for more ideas and event listings.

New additions to the web site include a women's resources page and year-round gift guides. Additionally, the site includes listings for fishing-and-boating related services across the country such as:

• Marinas and tackle shops.

• Fishing charters and guides.

• Boat and equipment retailers.

• Canoe and kayak liveries.

• Campgrounds.

• Conservation organizations.

The site also features year-round listings of hands-on fishing and boating events happening across the country.

"We want to provide a comprehensive re-source so all American families can enjoy the benefits of recreational boating and fishing,'' Matthews said.

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