The History of Fishing

The History of Fishing

Fishing is one of those activities that people do for either a living or leisure. It can be done at any body of water as long as there is life in it. 

Fishing, in definition, is the practice of catching fish. It can be done in various ways. At shallow waters, it could be done by hand gathering or spearing. When the water is at a deeper level, catching fish is usually done by net or traps. Angling is another and it is usually done by those who fish as a sport which is catching fish with a rod, line, and hook. 

When did fishing started and how? Well, fishing has been a practice many times ago. It is essential because they did it to provide food for survival. It even became a commercial activity in Antiquity and mostly done by hand gathering or any kind of tool they would make. Fishing tools such as spear, net, line, and rod appeared to be started at Egypt and is used until today. It was seen Deep-sea fishing emerged in the 15th century and trading of fish became bigger. But it really took a toll on the 19th century when steam boats was invented and got big. 

Fishing as a sport also started long ago. It is said that in the 15th century, fishing is not only a means for getting food but also a recreational activity. In the 18th century, it was a  sport reserved for wealthy classes. As equipments became more advanced and also cheap, it became more accessible to all. In the 19th century though, motor boats appeared and big game fishing started and became popular.

Today, fishing is still popular and part of our economy. Some would have fishing as the means for a living but it is a popular sport. Fishing may be a way for some to experience quiet and to relax but for others, it is not just about that. Fishing can also be competitive and there are competitions held around the world. They would be looking to catch for a specific fish that are called sport fish and there would be a prize involved with it. Many would fly around the world hoping to catch a specific fish. At first, sports fishing would involve not involve eating them bu preserving their catch as trophies. But nowadays, they would either sell it for a high price of release them for preservation. Angling may be the most popular type of recreational fishing but there is also big game fishing which involves catching larger open-water fish with motor boats as their vehicle.

Fishing started out as a means of providing food, and it is still done even now. But because of many changes happening including fishes getting extinct and endangered. Because of that, there are laws and regulations that are to be followed. You cannot even fish without a license and before fishing at a place, you have to get a permit. All of these are done for protection not just for prevention and protection of the sport but also for your children.