Sport Fishing

Sport fishing

Sport fishing methods vary according to the area fished, the species targeted, the personal strategies of the angler, and the resources available. It ranges from the aristocratic art of fly fishing elaborated in Great Britain, to the high-tech methods used to chase marlin and tuna. Sport fishing is usually done with hook, line, rod and reel rather than with nets or other aids.

The most common salt water game fish are marlintunatarponsailfishshark, and mackerel.

In North America, freshwater fish include snookredfishsalmontroutbasspikecatfishwalleye and muskellunge. The smallest fish are called panfish, because they can fit whole in a normal cooking pan. Examples are perch andsunfish.

In the past, sport fishers, even if they did not eat their catch, almost always killed them to bring them to shore to be weighed or for preservation as trophies. In order to protect recreational fisheries sport fishermen now often catch and release, and sometimes tag and release, which involves fitting the fish with identity tags, recording vital statistics, and sending a record to a government agency.

Reference: Wikipedia Sport Fishing