Here is some info I compiled for kayak fishing magazine.net - I thought I would share it
and please feel free to correct the info or add to it,
Kayak Fishing is Bigger than you think, did you knowâ€¦?
1. Between 90,000 and 105,000 canoes and 350,000 kayaks are sold annually, according to the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
2. The NMMA says canoe sales in the U.S. have been dropping in recent years, and that more than 70 percent of the kayaks sold in the U.S. are sit-in or sit-on plastic recreational craft.
3. Fishing from a Kayak has become prevalent in the state of Florida. Kayak fishing tournaments have become more popular each and every year. Many of the Kayak manufactures have started sponsoring anglers in efforts to increase sales. This was all started when Team Pro Bass hit the scene. They have nailed down virtually all honors and awards over the past several years and have started a local phenomenon. Peter Goesinya from Team Wilderness reports kayak sales from all brands have gone up 10 fold since Team Pro Bass started. Team Pro Bass donates all winnings to charity.
4. The following is a list of kayak fishing forum active members; the data was supplied by the owners of these sites. There are many, many other sites and forums not accounted for.
a. TKAA.org 2,500
b. Kayak Fishing Stuff 10,000
c. TKA Texas 10,000
d. Kayak Sport Fishing, CA 7,000
e. UK Forums 3,000
f. ECKF 500
g. New England 3,000
h. misc factor 3,000
i. Flordia Kayak Forums 15,000
j. KFM 18,000
k. kayak only forums 15,000
l. fishing only forums 100,000
m. Total 187,000
5. Paddler Magazine has a total circulation (US only)
a. 50,000 newsstands, subscriptions, event & show
b. 77% earn $55,000
c. 36% earn $100,000
d. 96% have internet
e. 42% are involved with kayak fishing
f. $867 is the average these 50,000 will spend next year
6. PPA - Paddle Sport Industry Association has 50,000 current members
7. Canoe and Kayak Magazine
a. 80,000 total distribution
b. 49,140 paid circulation
c. 36,260 paid subscribers
d. 3,250 newsstand sales
e. 199,082 total readers
8. First appeared in Paddle Sports Business - By Mike Kogan â€“ â€œSelling Fishing Kayaks, Fishing for Paddlersâ€
Al aka "YAKMAN"