Fishing is one of America’s great pastimes. It is a great hobby shared by professional anglers fishing for a living and 8-year-old kids fishing with their dads in the neighborhood pond. That broad appeal means it is even a hobby for some celebrities. Whether they are actors, singers, or athletes, everyone needs some time to unwind and get out on the water and feel fishing’s cathartic effects. Here are 10 famous people you probably didn’t know were big-time anglers.
1. Liam Neeson
The Irish actor is sure to leave 2 months off his acting schedule per year in order to travel and explore his hobbies. One of those hobbies: fly fishing. IrishCentral reports the actor saying: “I try to take July and August off every year, do a little bit of fly fishing, I went trekking with my eldest through Utah which was so much fun. It’s beautiful. There’s a place in Southern Utah called the Grand Steppes, very very, America is so beautiful.”
2. Lindsey Vonn
As if her World Cup and Olympic gold medals weren’t enough, Vonn even participates in the GoPro Mountain Games accuracy casting competition.
3. Dwight Howard
NBA superstar and current resident of fisherman’s paradise Texas, Dwight Howard spent his free agency fishing in Lake Tahoe to cope with the stress of deciding where to play next. Lake Tahoe is one of the most active fishing spots in all of California.
4. Tiger Woods
Tiger loves fishing so much he even mixed fishing into one of his endorsements, casting a mile in an American Express commercial from the early 2000s. He stays active outdoors and enjoys fishing in his downtime away from the golf course.
5. Jack Nicklaus
The man known as “The Golden Bear” has been an angler since his prime playing days. He once even reeled in a 1,358-pound marlin! Hopefully he has more time to unwind and fish now that he is retired from playing professional golf.
6. Kevin Costner
Especially since he hit middle age, Kevin Costner has said fishing is his most cathartic hobby, freeing him of all of the stresses of fatherhood and Hollywood. He also has been known to bring the family and make a vacation out of his fishing trips.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the best soccer players in the world, Ronaldo likes to unwind by taking his boat out. He spends most of his fishing time on his personal boat, touring the world’s oceans and seas, especially in Europe.
8. Brad Pitt
Learning how to fly fish for his iconic role in A River Runs Through It, Brad Pitt fell in love with the sport and still fishes leisurely. This is proof that no matter when or how you learn, you can fall in love with fishing!
9. Randy Moss
Randy Moss used bass fishing with his friends in his home of Rand, W.V., as his way to decompress and get away from the stresses of life in the NFL. Randy was an avid bass fisherman during his playing days and still loves to unwind with time out on the water. He even hosted a fishing show with Bassmaster.
10. Luke Bryan
This list could include any number of country music stars, but Luke Bryan takes the cake. He’s said in the past that fishing is his one true love, and his stops between tour cities to chase bass are proof of his passion.
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