We love to throw in a line
PEOPLE on the Fraser Coast love to fish more than just about anyone else in Queensland - at least that's what the latest figures show.
As part of the largest recreational fishing survey in the state's history, about 700,000 people were questioned on their angling passion, or lack of it.
What the Fisheries Queensland results showed was people living in the Wide Bay Burnett region had the second highest recreational fishing participation rate anywhere in Queensland with 26% of its population.
The only region where people enjoyed the activity more was Mackay which finished with the highest participation rate at 28%.
Overall, Queensland had one of the most commanding rates of participation anywhere in the world with 17% of the state's residents likely to recreationally wet a line.
Fisheries Queensland senior fisheries scientist Dr Stephen Taylor said angling remained more popular than many other commonly played sports.
"The current number of recreational fishers in Queensland represents 17% of the Queensland population aged five years or older," Dr Taylor said.
"This participation rate of 17% is much higher than that of other popular outdoor activities such as golf, cycling and swimming," he said.
"This is a great result for the fishing sector, given people have so many choices now as to how they spend their time."
Not surprisingly, Brisbane had the highest recreational fishing population - 260,000 - and accounted for almost a third of all anglers across the state.