VIDEO: Mercury Marine joins on youth boating promotions

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Mercury Marine is partnering with Bill Dance, host of “Bill Dance Outdoors,” and “Fox Sports Outdoors” host Barry Stokes to create videos that promote the value of boating and the importance of getting children to experience life on the water.

“I’ve never seen a child who didn’t like to fish and I’ve never seen one that didn’t enjoy it twice as much when it was done from a boat,” Dance said. “It was sure that way for me when I was a child.”

Dance and Stokes released videos promoting the boating and fishing lifestyle for children.

According to new statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, fishing is the No. 1 boating activity, followed by tubing and water skiing. Stokes and Dance, with the help of Mercury Marine, encourage families to experience the water and teach youngsters the importance of family time at an early age.

"My dad lit my fishing fuse when I was only 6 years old,” Stokes said. “I still vividly remember trout fishing in small streams in Colorado and fishing for bass from our aluminum fishing boat all over Texas. I looked forward to him tugging on my big toe to wake me up at 5 a.m. to go fishing almost every weekend. Those snapshots are forever freeze-framed in my memory and I still call them up frequently."