When it comes to dating—particularly bad luck in dating—we often hear that there are “plenty more fish in the sea.” The latest trend on Tinder seems to be taking that old adage quite literally, with 22 percent of the dating app’s male users between the ages of 18 and 35 in Florida posing alongside a recently caught fish in their profile photos.
In light of this data, the folks at FishBrain—a social media network and app for anglers—surveyed more than 1000 members of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority to determine whether there’s something to this whole “guy with a fish” strategy. Of the young women (who were all in their late teens to mid-20s) surveyed, 46 percent of them kind of liked it.
“In the U.S., many men choose angling photos as their dating app profile picture, and we are naturally keen to celebrate this phenomenon and encourage pride in the world’s most popular hobby,” said FishBrain CEO Johan Attby. “Dating app photos are bringing angling upstream and into the mainstream, so by polling the sorority, we are trying to help single anglers increase their chances of being considered a hot catch.”
In an effort to help these single anglers, FishBrain dug deeper with its survey: The women who gave a thumbs up to the catch-of-the-day pics were then shown a series of 10 photos of specific fish and asked to pick out the most attractive one. Nearly a quarter of the women (21 percent) chose the great northern tilefish (pictured below) as the “most alluring,” with sailfish (18 percent) and African pompano (16 percent) rounding out the top three.
The least attractive fish, according to the women polled, was the “humble” juvenile common carp. The fish, which FishBrain notes is “common in freshwater lakes and large rivers across Europe, Asia, North America, and Australasia, and usually around a length of four to six inches,” earned less than one percent of the vote. Which may suggest that size does matter after all.