As stated above, fishing was probably started out of necessity. Early
Egyptians fished in order to provide a stable diet to their families. Other
cultures have documented the same by through drawings and writings about
how to catch fish. Using animal bones that were sharpened, these cultures
created spears that were used to catch fish.
Ancient Greeks also documented fishing activities and perfecting fishing
techniques, but it wasn’t until the early 1500’s in England that books began
to surface that included fishing techniques, the use of artificial lures, and
other equipment for fishing.
This is when fishing started to become more sophisticated. While spears were
still being used, in some regions this technique was not as useful. Fishing
poles that used string and raw meat on the end of hooks were now used to
In 1653, a book by Izaak Walton, an authority on fishing, was published
which described how fishing poles were made and how artificial tackle was
being used to bait fish. Fishing was starting to become more than just a
resource for food. People began taking pride in their equipment and saw the
possibilities of fishing as more than just a way to catch their dinner.
As technology advanced, canning processes became more widely used,
fishing companies that caught fish to sell were established, and other types
of food was more readily available, fishing for sport become more of a
pastime for many. Leisure fishing, as it is referred to today, is done purely for
the sport of it. While those who fish may enjoy feasting on their catch,
survival is no longer the main purpose.
Today, fishing for leisure or for sport is popular. There are many competitions
all over the world that measure the size of fish, catching rare breeds of fish,
and catching the most fish. While in some countries fishing is still used as a
way to feed families and villages, for many regions, it has become just
another way to enjoy being outdoors and spending time with friends and