Fishing ranked as one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States every year from 2009 to 2016, which is the last year of data available at this time. Nearly 50 million Americans take at least one fishing trip every year. Anyone that has not tried out the sport may not understand its popularity. They owe it to themselves to take the time to discover the joy of fishing.
Whether you are new to the sport or have enjoyed it for years, read this article to learn about the beginnings of fishing and why it continues to be popular today.
A Lengthy History
Humans fished for food long before recorded history. Lines made of vine and hooks carved from bones were the fishing gear of ancient civilizations. Over 4,000 years ago, paintings depicted men using rods to catch fish, and over 2,000 years ago, both Plato and Aristotle put their fishing tips in writing.
Recreational fishing took off in the 16th century, and its popularity grew in 1653 when writer Izaak Walton published his work, The Complete Angler. However, it was not until the 18th century that recreational fishing (particularly fly fishing) was accessible to anyone but the wealthy.
Fishing provided sustenance for poor rural families in the U.S. through the early part of the 20th century, but by the 1960s the popularity of it as a sport had grown large enough that competitions began around the country. By 1968, fishing programs were on TV and sportsmen's clubs gathered hundreds of thousands of members. Many of these clubs still have large memberships today.
An Appealing Sport
People have their own personal reasons for why they fish. Some do so because it was a family tradition and their childhood memories include many summer afternoons fishing with their parents and grandparents. Others chose the sport because it was affordable and easy to learn. People can start even when they have little knowledge of the sport and learn while they have fun.
An almost endless list of reasons exists for why people fish and why those that do not should give this sport a try. Fishing takes people to places they may never have gone otherwise. It is calming, almost meditative. The beauty of the surroundings, the fresh air, and the sunshine help people relax, release their stress, and learn the importance of patience and staying focused.
Unlike most other sports, fishing can be just as enjoyable when practiced alone as it is when shared with others. It is also the great equalizer. Regardless of age, gender, or physical ability, everyone new to the sport has the same opportunity to learn and have success.
An Affordable Activity
Department stores sell plenty of low-cost fishing gear that is suitable for beginners. Even less-expensive locations for buying the tools of the trade include auctions, thrift shops, and yard sales. Some people may even have friends or family members that have upgraded their equipment and now have unused gear in their garages or attics they will give away or lend out.
Most people live a short walk or drive away from a suitable fishing spot, and recreational fishing licenses are easy to obtain and affordable. It doesn't take much money or effort to pick up this sport.
Sometimes the best way to begin is where the most excitement and opportunity exist. A chartered fishing trip puts beginners with experts so they can learn the right tactics from the start. It shows people why fishing is the beloved sport it is and gives them the opportunity to have a great adventure at the same time. Contact us at Carolina Princess to learn more.