When you think of sport fishing you think of what you see on TV: men in boats catching big mouth bass holding them like trophies, but there is so much more to sport fishing than anyone would ever think. The methods people use for sport fishing vary according to the area they are fishing in, the type of fish they are going after, and the angler personal fishing strategies. There is fly fishing and the regular angler. Then there is the marlin and tuna methods which are far more high-tech and involved. But at the end of the day, sport fishing is generally about a hook, line and rod.
If you are fishing in salt water, there is marlin, tuna, sailfish and shark. If you are fishing in North America, where there are more freshwater fish, then that includes salmon, trout, bass, pike, and catfish. But sport fishing has gone through so many changes over the years. There was a time when the sport fisherman, even if they were unwilling to eat their catch, would kill the fish and bring them back to shore so they could keep them as trophies of their ability. Nowadays, there is more of a compassion for the fish. Many people feel that if they aren’t going to eat the fish, they should do everything in their power to put it back in the water safe and sound. Sometimes though they will do something called “tag and release” which will involve fitting the fish with a special identity tag, then recording vital statistics and then have them sent to a government agency. The sport of fishing has grown 10 fold since its introduction into the lives of the common man. Fishing has not only grown in popularity but in skill as well. And it should continue to grow for many more years.