But not just any fish will do.
In the survey, the women who considered a man with a fish attractive were then presented with 10 images of men with their catches — and the great northern tilefish came out on top, deemed the “hottest catch.” They’re stunning, iridescent creatures — and apparently a pretty fish can make the person holding it look pretty good, too.
The second most-popular fish was the sailfish, which the FishBrain study calls “lean, powerful and independent” and the “marine embodiment of grace and virility.”
That could be a bit of a leap, but here’s an image of Ernest Hemingway with two sailfish. You have to admit: He looks pretty dashing. With the pithiness of Tinder profiles and messaging, I trust that Hemingway would do very well in the online-dating age.
The least attractive fish, on the other hand, was the common carp. In online dating, you want to stand out and be anything but common.
“A diminutive young common carp is unlikely to help woo a woman,” the study found, “suggesting that, in the aquatic world at least, perhaps size does matter.”
Notably, the study did not include pictures of men with catfish.