Fishing for leisure, otherwise known as recreational or sport fishing, is a predominantly male activity. It first became popular in the 16th and 17th century, when a series of literature was published regarding the topic. The invention of boats promoted the beginnings of ‘big-game fishing,’ where the person would try and catch large fish in order to win the sport. In the past , the catch was usually always killed before the fishermen were enabled to weigh them.
Today, in most places, there is a preference to preserve the sea creatures, and as such, the preferred method is now catch and release. Recreational fishing embodies a variety of different methods, which alternate depending on geographical location, equipment used to lure fish, the type of fish wanting to be caught and the personal context of the fisherman. The most common form is completed by hook, line, rod and reel. Alternatively, hand gathering may be used.
Hand gathering is as simple as having a brief feel around in the water or perhaps completing some minimal digging, in order to find anything to catch. Spears are another alternative to the reel. In Australia, spears are common for recreational fishing, when diving. For recreational fishing, the aim of the task at hand may be to win. In order to win, a person must have the heaviest catch within a certain time frame. As there are rules and regulations against fishing in certain areas, competitions usually involve a fishing tour of sorts in which eager participants get on a boat that will take them to the best location to fish.
Fisherman are keeping an eye out to catch any sort of fish. If the competition is held in saltwater, the fish may include marlin, tarpoon, sailfish, mackerel or tuna. Conversely, in freshwater the fish include salmon, snook, redfish, bass, pike, catfish and walleye. It is not uncommon for recreational fishing to be extended to a fishing trip. There is a big market for this sort of industry. A vessel will pick up passengers from their specified dock, and will take them to areas that are good for fishing.
In laymen’s terms, the area that the passengers are taken to will be stocked with fish, providing more chances for those participating to catch them. Passengers may weigh what they collect and write the results in a logbook to keep track of their success. However, these trips are not available all the time. They are subject to the rules and regulations of the particular geographic location that the sport is undertaken within, which varies from country to country. Overall, a leisurely time spent fishing provides one with a chance to spend time with nature. There are no harmful political, environmental or economic repercussions of recreational fishing when using the catch-and- release method. Merely an opportunity for some quiet time to reflect.