Sport fishing is a form of recreational fishing
where the primary reward is the challenge of finding
and catching the fish rather than the culinary or
financial value of the fish's flesh. The distincion
is not completely rigid - in many cases, sport fishers
will also eat their captures. However, the philosophies
and tactics used for sport fishing are usually sufficiently
different from "feed fishing" to make
the distinction clear enough.
Sport fishing methods vary according to the area
being fished, the species being targeted, the personal
strategies of the angler, and the resources available,
ranging from the aristocratic art of fly fishing
invented in Great Britain, to the high-tech, incredibly
expensive methods used to chase marlin
. However, in virtually every case, the fishing
is done with rod and reel rather than with nets
or other aids.
In the past, sport fishers, even if they did not
eat their captures, almost always killed them to
bring them to shore for weighing. However, pressure
from outside combined with genuine concern about
fish stocks have seen many sport fishers releasing
their captures alive, usually after fitting them
with identifying tags and recording their details
so as to aid fisheries research (known as tag-and-release).
Sportfishing competitions give competitors (individuals
if the fishing occurs from land, usually teams where
conducted from boats) a specified time and area
to where they are to catch fish from. Scores are
awarded for each fish caught, the points depending
on the fish's weight and species, and then divided
by the strength of the fishing line used (so catching
fish on thinner, weaker line scores additional points).
In tag-and-release competition a flat score per
fish, divided by the line strength, is awarded for
each species caught.
Notable forms of sport fishing include:
Trolling for fish
• Trinidad & Tobago Fishing
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