Fishing As A Modern Recreational Sport

Fishing activities have grown from a traditional collecting food effort into a part of a recreational activity known as sportfishing. This enhancement brings a great impact on the world economy. High demand for fishing tools, types of equipment, apparels, and tour services bringing a huge enhancement in fisheries technology. What are the differences between traditional and the sportfishing?

Fishing as a recreational sport was getting popular since the 16th century. There are few characters that specifically distinguishes these activities between traditional, commercial food industry and recreational. The most common characteristic is the use of manufacturing rods, braided strings, reels, and artificial baits in fishing. A man who took fishing as a recreational sport has their own name, an angler, rather than a fisherman.

Angler sometimes does not bring all of their catches home. They bring their catches to land only for the sake of weight measurement and documentation in some fishing competition. Target fish species are usually big fish such as swordfish, tunas, shark, mackerel, giant trevally, and threadfin. But, there are also small and rare fishes taken as target fish.

As the recording technology grows and a rapid decline of target fish populations happens, anglers start to concern about fish preservation. This population decline triggering the catch and release methods. Catches weight measurement only being held for fishing competition purpose. In order to assist research fisheries scientists, there is also a method of tagging and release. In doing this method, the cathed fish is only tagged and then immediately released. This tagging is perfect for population recording, migration pattern recording, and feeding ground mapping.

The booming on sportfishing enthusiasts gives a great impact on tools and equipment manufacturer. Fishermen make their traditional rods from a natural material which are rigid in character and single segmented. New technology on building rods has now grown toward involving a manufacturing process. They produce rods from chemical materials. These rods are available in various characters, both rigid and flexible, and more than one segment. Anglers now use multifilament (braided) strings rather than the monofilament strings. The traditional fishing bait such as sliced fish, live fish, shrimp, worms, and shellfish, have moved to the use of artificial bait.

The traditional vessel was not comforting enough for a fishing trip. The anglers then make some modification to change it into a comfort fishing boats. These boats were equipt with cabins consists of bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen. Some rich fishers even spent lots of money to have their own designed boats to meet their needs.


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