HOUSTON - Texans are known for a lot of things and one of them is how much they love being outdoors fishing.
A new study by Lawn Love recently proved that by ranking Texas as the 5th best state for fishing. The report looked at community interest, access to gear and bait shops as well as license affordability, and its proximity to water sources.
Its findings showed Texas to have the best number of fishing contests, derbies, and tournaments. The Lone Star State also was ranked fourth for having the number of fishing charters and guides.
Avid fishermen like Houston-native, Willard Franklin III with Four W's Fishing Team LLC, Four W's Outdoor nonprofit, and the Fish Florida TV show are not surprised by these findings. In an email interview, Franklin said part of it has to do with there being "several places to fish fresh and saltwater from the shore piers kayaks or boats."
"Texas has a year-round fishery; different fish each month," he added. "The number one fishing spot in Texas is the Galveston North and South Texas."
As someone who has been fishing since 1966 when he was 3 years old, Franklin said even the record-breaking heat is not enough to deter him from doing what he loves. He also offered tips to other people looking to go fishing and want to beat the heat.
"We hydrate before going out on the water then stay hydrated while fishing," Franklin said. "Taking breaks if needed. Staying in the shade of my T/Top on my boat."
And as the host of an upcoming series that highlights fishing in Florida, which the study ranked the best place for fishing, he'll be able to showcase his enthusiasm for a wider audience.
"We start filming The Fish Florida show showcasing fishing in Florida, but we will travel to Texas to show off its great fishery in 2023," he explained. It will be on local TV in Florida cable programming and availability will be on YouTube as well."
You can look at the full report and how other states fared in comparison by clicking here.