Sport fishing is the activity of catching fish in a competitive setting or for entertainment purposes. If compared to commercial fishing, sport fishing falls in the category of hobbies that put very little pressure on the environment: we are talking about an activity that demands nothing for the joy it gives in return. The sheer leisure pursuit, this is the main trait of sport fishing, as it has nothing to do with profit or survival issues.
The most basic of sport fishing form requires nothing else but lots of hooks, a rod, a line and a reel. Of course, there are other additional devices, known as terminal tackle, that people use so as to alter or complete the way the bait attracts fish. Some common tackle items for commercial and sport fishing, floats, swivels and weights deserve a first mention. Sometimes, instead of baits fishermen rely on different types of lures, thus, sport fishing incorporates handcrafter applications as well as plastic artificial flies and imitations of crawlers.
Though a male occupation first and foremost, sport fishing has left room enough for women too. Some hobbyists are disatisfied with the way some issues are dealt with in the fishing circles and the big paradox refers to the lack of apparent purpose for the sport. What’s the point of fishing if you eventually release the catch anyway? And yet, this is the very purpose of sport fishing. Relaxation and fun define a sport that can be easily defined as a catch-release game.
There are different ways of doing sport fishing. The reasons why people have come up with this diversity were mainly invented to set competition standards and move the practice to a more peaceful environment friendly level. Thus, you should know that some of the sport fishing types include noodling, big-game fishing, kayak fishing and trout tickling. For example, in the case of kayak fishing people depend on stealthy sea kayaks that allow fishermen to reach areas that are unfishable under regular circumstances. In big-game fishing the main action is carried out in boats, too, and the catch is represented by large open-water fishes such as sharks, malin or tuna. Anyway, individual fishing contests are run on land while team competitions depend on boats.