What is sport fishing?
To those who are unaware, sport fishing or recreational fishing is a water sport for frequent anglers who regularly engage in competing to catch the most amounts of fish in terms of quantity and variety.
There are two major classifications of sports fishing made on the basis on the type of water bodies:
- Fishing in salt water and
- Fishing in fresh water
Some of the most popular fresh water fishes include salmon, catfish, bass and snook whereas saltwater varieties include chinook, marlin and tuna. There have been various government responses and initiatives to ensure that recreational fishing has several benefits for the industry as well as the ecology.
The Variety of Fish
One of the most popular places to enjoy recreational fishing whether or not you’re interested in competing is Cabo San Lucas. Not only is the weather ideal for the sport all year round, but there more fish to catch as well!
Find the perfect time to take a fishing trip out in the scenic waters and you’re likely to discover the widest variety of fish including but not limited to a noteworthy blue marlin or even a trout that you can hang up as a trophy. Keep an eye out for sport fishing tournaments that you can participate in to enjoy your favorite sport!
There are approximately 20 species of blue water fish that you can be lucky enough to snag, provided you take the right measures for your fishing trip. These include bonito, marlin, jack cravelle, yellow fin tuna, and ladyfish. It also depends when you decide to go fishing because each month has its own treats in store.
March offers striped marlin and yellowtail and soon after in April you can expect grouper, shark, snapper, striped marlin, grouper, and yellowtail. The month of May offers a range of the same kind as well as cabrilla, jack crevalie, amber jack, rooster fish and yellowtail, so definitely a good time to hit the waters!
Evolution of Fishing Equipment Used in Sport fishing Over the Years
Conventional means of fishing have developed and changed over time to adapt to the conditions of each locality such as the type of coast and the distance to the shore.
The size and species of the desired catch also impacts the kind of equipment people have preferred to use over the years. Of course, with the development in the kinds of vessels used for fishing, the kind of equipment you use also needs to catch up.
For example, with the advent of modernization and mass industrialization in the developed world, the fishing industry was introduced to boats powered by diesel and steam. Commercial fishermen used wide troll nets to cast fish and catch them in bulk.
Let’s take a look at some vintage fishing items used in the past.
Thousands of years ago lures were actually made with either animal bones or metals like bronze. Vintage lures today are some of the most valuable items on the market. These are meant to serve as a replacement for live bait by design because fish are attracted to the smell and shine.
Eventually, these were manufactured commercially in the United States from either wooden or metallic materials. One of the first artificial manufacturers of these wooden lures was the Heddon Company who made them using broomsticks. They were also decorated elaborately and made to look like they were live bait such as either baitfish or frogs.
Classic cane rods
The most innovative fishing rod designs currently are made with high-tech equipment using materials like fiberglass and high modulus carbon fiber. However, once upon a time, fishing poles were made largely with either bamboo or other wooden materials.
Split cane rods were and continue to be the highest in demand fishing rods. They were a class of their own since they’re crafted by hand and then made even more appealing by varnishing them.
Offering more than great value for money, split cane and bamboo fly rods are some of the finest for casting and placing lures with precision. There’s simply another kind of power when fishing with one of these old but golden fishing rods.
Some of the most popular vintage reels include centre pin reels with a following of their own. They’re not just exquisitely made but require a special knowledge of technique and prowess to be able to use them effectively.
If you practice with these you’re bound to become an expert angler, especially if you use them as a beginner. It helps you to be able to maneuver a more modern fishing reel which has become even easier to use. Some of the most commonly known types of reels that followed as a development of fishing reels include fly-reels, spinning reels, and big-game reels.
Older styles of tackle boxes are still widely used as part of tackle till this day and age. There’s a special kind of thrill you get when rummaging through an old tackle box to look through the collection of fishing gear that only a seasoned angler will be able to understand.
The oldest kind of tackle boxes were made with a wide range of materials, but wood and metal were the most popular. Since not many people could afford to carry a tackle box, it’s considered almost a treasure find. Plastic tackle boxes became popular in the 1930’s and now there are all kinds of boxes available.
The author is an experienced angler and fishing enthusiast and contributes regularly to the blog. He has been a part of the fishing industry for more than thirty years.