Fishing is a well-known and indulged hobby. Fishing is also undertaken in competitive sports and for commercial purposes.
Recreational fishing is, however, the most popular form and globally recognised as an excellent way to relax, enjoy nature and possibly indulge your inner caveman by providing fresh fish for dinner!
Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping. Recreational, commercial and artisanal fishers use a variety of different techniques. Recreational fishers fish for pleasure or sport, whilst commercial fishers fish for profit. Fishing for survival is usually undertaken using low-tech methods, for survival in third-world countries. For communities like fishing villages, fisheries provide not only a source of food and work but also a community and cultural identity. Recreational fishers generally use angling methods whilst commercial fishers use netting methods.There is an intricate link between various fishing techniques and knowledge about the fish and their behaviour. The effective use of fishing techniques often depends on this additional knowledge, often passed down through families or commercial training.
Recreational fishing has numerous conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that curb the ways in which fish may be caught. These are created to protect endangered species and ensure that both animal and human have enough fish to eat. The most common form of recreational fishing is done with a rod, reel, line, hooks and any one of a wide range of baits or lures. The practice of catching or attempting to catch fish with a hook is generally known as angling. In angling, it is sometimes expected or required that fish be returned to the water. This technique is also known as “catch and release”.
Recreational or sport fishermen may log their catches or participate in fishing competitions. Big-game fishing describes fishing from boats to catch large open-water species such as sharks and marlin. Sport or game fishing is undertaken where the primary reward is the challenge of finding and catching the fish rather than the culinary or financial value of the fish’s flesh. Fish sought after include marlin, tuna, sailfish, shark and mackerel.
Fishing tackle is a general term that refers to the equipment and gear used by fishermen when fishing. Some examples are hooks, lines, sinkers, floats, rods, reels, baits, spears, nets, gaffs, traps and tackle boxes. Tackle that is attached to the end of a fishing line is called terminal tackle, and includes hooks, sinkers, beads and
Fishing can be fun for the whole family so, sit back and enjoy the scenery whilst you cast your line.
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