Sport fishing may never go out of style

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Sport fishers around the world—rwhatever their language and nationality-are united by one thing: the passion for rod, line and hook fishing.

I believe the source of this pleasure can be traced to our old inherited instincts.


When we count, few generations separate us from our primitive ancestors.

And although our clothes and customs are synonymous with culture, we are still quite wild in genetic terms.

Perhaps it is for this reason that we as civilized savages derive deep satisfaction from feeling a fish gobble up our deceptive lures.

Maybe that’s what drives us to fight fish with everything our age has to offer: rods, reels, lines and bait.

I think it would be nice to do some time travel.

Say, 6,000 or 7,000 years ago.

Wouldn’t it be fun to go down to our favorite fishing holeGreenbrier or Glade Creek, Bluestone or Guyandotte, Cranberry or Second Creek-and peek into the past?

Given that man has been catching fish since 30,000 or 40,000 BC, chances are someone probably used their primitive skills on our favorite waterways many thousands of years before Christopher Columbus. does not discover America.

It is true that the enterprising fisherman may have used a spear, a trap or a net to get the job done, but he did it.

It’s also just as likely that the primitive sportsman used a hook and line like you and me, only his tackle was probably handcrafted for a specific fishing task.

It is not known exactly when and where hooks were adopted, but it was probably in southern Europe around 30,000 BC. These barbed hooks were mostly made of bone, but probably also of wood.

The hooks were probably attached to a line made of animal sinew or thin, tough plant material such as roots, vines, and various grasses.

They would certainly have been baited with similar types of bait materials still in use today.—welms, mussels, small fish, or anything that might attract the big ones to strike.

Archeology proves that the art of angling was relatively refined 7,000 years ago.

Among some archaeological finds are floats that were cut from the bark and used for fishing with hooks.

Three thousand years later, Egyptian paintings showed how to fish with a rod, topknot line and hook.

This is the first evidence that people practiced a type of fishing that, at least superficially, was quite As angling today.

From natural bait fishing, using artificial bait is not a big step.

Another likelihood is that people soon realized how closely the natural prey of fish can be mimicked by hair and feathers.

Was it not the old Greek Theocritus who, around 300 BC. J.-C., wrote the first literary description of fishing with hook and rod?

The ancient writer and his social class in Greece certainly did not need to fish for food.

In the year 200 BC. BC, the Chinese had developed sport fishing so much that silk lines and metal hooks were used.

The Macedonians fished with artificial bait made of hair and feathers; and, although the lures probably looked more like jigs than flies, they were arguably as effective as the ones we use now.

How advanced were these peoples that iron hooks did not begin to be made in Europe until three centuries later, in the middle of the Iron Age.

It would be fun to step through a time warp and observe firsthand the methods of these ancient fishermen on the waters we now call our own, as if we had only recently discovered the sport of fishing.

We might be surprised to see a wild old fisherman-the The mound builders certainly knew fishing as a facet of their diverse livelihoods—hretrieving the catch of a lifetime (but probably not to hang on the wall).

It’s fun to speculate.

And to some extent, we are blessed with good fortune many thousands of years later, blessed with the resources and the leisure to pursue one of mankind’s most popular pastimes.

In the United States, many states, federal and private organizations spend millions of dollars each year to maintain an abundant supply of fish available to sports enthusiasts.

Catching fish in oceans, lakes or streams is not only the most popular hobby, but probably the oldest practiced by man.

Thousands of years ago, people caught fish in nets and traps woven with vines. They also made hooks out of bone, stone and thorns and baited them with worms, larvae or insects.

The term fishing applies to the act of catching a fish in its natural habitat, the water.

Fishing is a popular sport because anyone can do it, regardless of age, gender or income. It can be enjoyed from infancy to old age, individually or in groups, with little more investment than a cane pole and a few hooks.

Within an hour of most homes there is usually a place to fish.

Perhaps the greatest attractions of fishing for fun are the opportunities it provides to get outside, enjoy the company of friends, learn interesting facts about nature, and use new and varied skills. to outsmart the fish.

Morning top!

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