"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Chinese Proverb~" There are not that many things I am an expert on, but I do know about fishing. Fishing was ranked 8th in sports popularity - www.sfia.org. There are many different techniques to fishing, but it still takes skill.
Fishing has evolved since thousands of years ago. According to www.oldmaster85.com “Like hunting, fishing originated as a means of providing food for survival.” People started to fish for food and survival, but now it is mostly for food and recreation. Just like today, people had to find out where the fish were, what the weather is like, how to approach them, and what kind of bait that. should be used. “The first rudimentary reel had consisted of a wooden spool with a metal ring that fitted over the angler's thumb” according to www.oldmaster85.com. Fishing reels were co improved by stronger fishing which held a fish on the hook. Rods were also improved from wood long ago, and now into glass, graphite, carbon, sometimes fiberglass, and even composite.
When people started fishing they had to test different methods, and most of the time they failed. One thing that has been improved over thousands of years is the rod. You should have your hand right up to the reel. You need to hold the end of the rod in your elbow, so you have maximum control of the rod. Your rod length will determine your distance and accuracy. A longer rod improves your distance, and a shorter improves your accuracy. You should always face your target while casting. While your motion needs to be nice and smooth, then close up your arch when aligned with your target. When you are putting your rod into the water, you need to know what you are casting. A spoon is a piece of metal like a spoon with a hook on the back, and these are used for pikes and trout and sometimes in rare occasions bass. A spinner is another type of bait that is flashy underwater to attract fish. This bait is most effective in a river. Soft baits are made to look like real prey, and great for bass. The jig has a skirt, and sometimes a trailer hook with a skirt. Plugs are made to look like fish. Buzzbait is like a jig but is the combination with a spinner. When you cast you can control a bait in a certain way to attract fish.
It is always good to know how to fish if you find yourself in a certain situation. "Alvarenga had been fishing since he was a child. That ingrained skill would now keep him and Córdoba alive."-according to www.cnn.com. This man survived 438 days without a hook or line but still used fishing techniques to survive. There is always small chance that there might be a life or death situation. Fishing is also very fun for recreation and is a competitive sport. You can compete in MLF fishing tournaments and much more for prize money. “My first three years in the sport were around $130,000 a year.”- Professional Bass Fisherman Greg Bohannan
There are many different techniques to fishing, but it still takes skill. Fishing has been mastered over thousands of years for survival, and today it is mostly for recreation. The technique is key to your success in fishing. Just holding the rod wrong will mess up your experience. It is always good to know how to fish if you find yourself in a certain situation. The man named “Alvarenga”, only survived because he knew a lot of fishing techniques. I like fishing, and you should try it too.
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