I know its hard to believe but there are actually people who are new to the sport of fishing. Because of that it is important to point out that there are some basic rules that need to be followed. Just like hunting and other outdoor sports you need to understand you are dealing with environment and people around you. As long as you respect both the outdoors and other people you will be fine and you will very much love fishing. It is hard to believe but fishing can be dated back over 10 000 years.
As the years rolled by different parts of fishing have changed including techniques and equipment. While technology has changed greatly many of the rules and regulations have stayed the same or close to the same. One of the biggest things is to be a good sport and act accordingly around others while fishing. Also remember that the shores you are standing on or the water you are fishing on has been around for hundreds and thpusands of years before you. Also know and understand when you are long gone the waterways will still be around. It is up to us to take care of the waterways so that everyone can enjoy the water for many years to come.
There are certain things that you and others can do to make sure places for fishing are around for a long time to come. One thing that is very easy to deal with is littering. Just make sure you always deal with and take your litter with you when you leave your fishing area. Just take your garbage and get rid of it properly. The biggest thing is refrain from throwing your garbage in the water. It really is a no brainer to see how this really hurts the environment.
When you set out to do some fishing make sure you use the proper gear and bait for what you are intending to catch. Every area will have different rules and regulations as to the types of bait and gear you are allowed to use. It is your responsibility to know and obey the rules. Take time to do your homework and not wait until you are at the fishing spot to try and understand the rules. Figure out where you will be fishing and check the regulations before going there. Another thing to look at carefully are the rules about boats and types of boats if you plan on using one.
Every place you fish is different and that means that rules and regulations will be different everywhere you go. Cleaning your boat is important so that when you go to a different lake you dont take diseases with you. If fishing is not allowed then its quite simple, just dont fish. If it is posted no fishing there is usually a reason like spawning or protection of wildlife and vegetation in the area. When you take a look in the long run this is good for everyone involved. It ensures your safety and future fishing for generations to come.
Bottom line when it comes to doing things outdoors safety has to be the first priority. Little things like wearing your life jacket in your boat and making sure all other riders are wearing one as well. Hooks are very sharp so be careful when you have to deal with them when baiting or unhooking fish. Fishing where you shouldnt be could also put you in a dangerous situation because you dont know what to expect and if anything should happen people wont look for you there. Again, when in a boat only go as fast as is safe and never go over posted speed limits. Of course there are a number of safety items that are required in your boat. Make sure you know what they are and make sure you have them with you.
When it comes to fishing it just gets more and more popular every year. We see almost 30% of the North American population taking up fishing and loving it. The number of people 16 years and older went from fishing an average of 16 days a year in 2002 to over twenty days a year in 2010. It is up to you to enjoy the fun associated with fishing. It is also up to you to follow the rules that are set out. Take the time and go out and discover that fishing really is the best pastime available to people around the globe.
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