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How Many Calories are Burned by Fishing?


Last modified 4th January 2016

Welcome to the fishing section of DietandFitnessToday and the associated calories burned and weight lost. Here we present a list of 18 activities based on the general description of fishing and the calories burnt for a typical man and woman.

These fishing activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'fishing, commercial, vigorous effort' which burns 302 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'fishing, jog or line, standing, general' which has the lowest calorie burn of 78 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common fishing activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour

We also cover the predicted weight loss from fishing, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©

For fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660), which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of fishing activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 151 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 302 Calories.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for fishing, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.

Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Fishing

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different fishing activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.

The calorie rank is the rank of the activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical fishing Activity

As we have previously mentioned Fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) is a moderate and typical level of intensity for fishing and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by fishing. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 151 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 129 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) is 5 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 4 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 302 calories for a typical man, and 259 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 20 minutes of the activity fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) and to burn 100 calories with the same fishing activity for a typical female would take 25 minutes.

Score and Rank

Fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) has a Calorie Burned Score© of 12.4 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 12.4 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 80 out of 100 ie it is in the top 80 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 486 activities that have a higher calorie burn than fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660)

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) -

  • bicycling for leisure at 5.5 mph
  • bicycling, stationary, 30-50 watts, very light to light effort
  • calisthenics, light or moderate effort, general (e.g., back exercises), going up & down from floor (Taylor Code 150)
  • canoeing, rowing, for pleasure, general (Taylor Code 250)
  • Caribbean dance (Abakua, Beguine, Bellair, Bongo, Brukin's, Caribbean Quadrills, Dinki Mini, Gere, Gumbay, Ibo, Jonkonnu, Kumina, Oreisha, Jambu)

Comparison with Inactivity

30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) burns 3.8 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 3.5 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 151 calories burnt by an average man fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.5 snickers bar, 1.3 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.5 cheeseburgers, 0.5 slices of pizza or 0.4 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 129 calories is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.5 snickers bar, 1.1 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.4 cheeseburgers, 0.5 slices of pizza or 0.3 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Fishing

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity fishing? Taking this example of fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.02 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.02 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 13 weeks for a man and 13 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 5 weeks for a man and 6 weeks for a woman.

Fishing Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by fishing, commercial, vigorous effort. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 302 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 259 Calories.

This activity of fishing, commercial, vigorous effort has a Calories Burned Score© of 28.2 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 28.2 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 57 out of 100 ie it is in the top 57 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 177 activities that have a higher calorie burn than fishing, commercial, vigorous effort

Fishing Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The fishing activity with the lowest calories burnt is fishing, jog or line, standing, general, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 78 Calories, and for an average woman burns 67 Calories.

This activity of fishing, jog or line, standing, general has a Calories Burned Score© of 4.8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 4.8 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 94 out of 100 ie it is in the top 94 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 757 activities that have a higher calorie burn than fishing, jog or line, standing, general

Average Calories Burned by Fishing

Based on the the list of 18 fishing activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 157 Calories for 30 minutes of fishing. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 135 Calories for 30 minutes of fishing.

Fishing for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of fishing for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
fishing, commercial, vigorous effort - calories  Male=302 kcal, Female=259 kcal.
fishing in stream, in waders (Taylor Code 670) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
fishing, commercial, moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
fishing, crab fishing - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
fishing related, digging worms, with shovel - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
fishing from river bank and walking - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
fishing, catching fish with hands - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
fishing, set net, setting net and retrieving fish, general - calories  Male=164 kcal, Female=140 kcal.
fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
fishing, commercial, light effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
fishing, dip net, setting net and retrieving fish, general - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
general fishing - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
fishing, fishing wheel, setting net and retrieving fish, general - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
fishing with a spear, standing - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
fishing from boat or canoe, sitting - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
fishing, ice, sitting - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
ice fishing, sitting - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
fishing, jog or line, standing, general - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.

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