Fishing is an ancient art that predates to over 40, 000 years ago and is still held in high regard today. Evidence from the Paleolithic period suggest it was originally used as a form of survival, as a way in which hunter-gathers collected food, in Egypt and India. In contemporary culture, the occurrence of the task may be due to a vast myriad of reasons. First and foremost, it is held in high regard as a leisurely activity or a competitive sport; so much so, that there are fishing companies dedicated purely to organising fishing tours purely for this purpose.
Beyond this, it may be an activity that is used for fisherman to gain money, and hence earn a living, thus meaning it is a commericialised activity. In some small coastal groups, it continues to be a way to collect food; this is often referred to as artisan fishing. The action today, however, is restricted by specific laws, dependent on which geographical location you are in. These geographical locations may comprise of different water types, which offer a variety of types of fishing. These bodies comprise of saltwater, otherwise known as marine, or freshwater.
Saltwater fishing includes deep sea fishing, surfcasting and netting, whereas freshwater includes angling and trapping. Ice fishing is another form of fishing, along with Kite fishing. In this practice, the line may be made of out either synthetic or organic material, sometimes even made out of cobwebs. This line is that attached to a kite. Kite fishing is a good alternative for those who do not have access to a vessel to accommodate fishing trips. The activity can also be classified according to what equipment is being used to catch the fish.
For artisan fishing, it may be that only a person’s hands are used to collect fish. A person may tickle a fish with their hands to stun them, and then pull them out of the water as part of their catch. This method occurs most frequently in streams. The most familiar equipment used in this activity includes a rod with a line. The line is used in order to hook fish on. Normally, the hook has some live bait on it, to entice the fish to bite it. Nets have also been used in order as an alternative.
These nets may be simply crafted hand nets thrown into the water to scoop up any animals. Or, these nets may be a trawl , where the net sits in the ocean behind the vessel used for fishing and then is pulled out of the water once the nets are full. Other tools used for this activity include arrows and spears, which can be used for both freshwater and marine. Despite fishing being an ancient art, the will and want to fish survives very much today and so continues, with a myriad of ways to achieve the activity, it provides many possibilities.