Fishing has been around since the dawn of history, when people fished for food
in order to survive. While few of us today need to know how to fish
to survive, it is still a favorite pastime of many. Fishing is
relaxing, allows you to enjoy nature, and can be a very satisfying sport.
Fishing is the sport of catching freshwater or saltwater fish with a
fishing rod, reel, line, and hook.
Early civilizations fished with spears and traps, but also caught fish
with more primitive versions of the hook and line that we use today.
How did fishing go from food to fun? Well, as people became more
proficient at gathering food, they could spend more time doing what
they enjoyed. And as anyone who has battled a fish on the end of
a line knows, fishing is fun. While fishing equipment improved
throughout the ages, the Industrial Revolution brought the most changes,
mass-producing rods and reels, as well as synthetic lines, that would make
fishing easier and more productive.
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Fishing is considered a great sport as you don't need a specific kind of
athletic ability to master it, and it is suitable for men, women, and
children. Fishing is a wonderful family sport that is affordable,
and you can fish wherever there are bodies of water.
While some people enjoy fishing as a way to calm nerves and relax, others
love the competitive spirit of fishing. Bass tournaments started in
the 1960s, and are still enjoyed today by competitive fishermen. As
a matter of fact, tournaments made popular today's common practice of
catching and releasing fish. Today, many fishers don't catch fish
to eat, but just for the sport of it. These fishers religiously
throw their fish back into the water once they are caught.
Whether you are looking to put dinner on the table or want to relax,
whether you are fishing competitively or just want to enjoy nature with
your family, fishing is a growing pastime. In fact, according to the
American Sport Fishing Association, there are an estimated 50 million
recreational anglers in the United States today.
Single source for information on fishing, boating and
water conservation. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
seeks to increase participation in recreational angling and boating,
thereby increasing public awareness and appreciation of the need
to protect, conserve and restore our aquatic resources. www.TakeMeFishing.org