Fishing is both big business and a sport enjoyed by millions of people. Fishing started over 40,000 years ago but at that time it was for food rather than sport. The Egyptians were one of the first to use fishing tools to catch fish. The river Nile was an obvious source of fish for them. Fish were caught in all sorts of different ways using our hands or weapons such as spears until more sophisticated ways of fishing were tried. These include nets and traps.
Sport fishing is extremely popular and is generally done using a rod and various baits or hooks following set competition rules that control how the fish should be caught etc. Usually the winner of such a competition is the angler who catches the most weight of fish rather than the amount of fish. A very popular carp fishing competition is the British carp angling championships or BCAS for sort. It attracts anglers from all over the world and on top of the prestige of becoming the best fisherman there is also a prize of £10,000 to the winner.
Carp fishing is increasing in popularity and there are lots of competitions popping up around the world with large amounts of money at stake. To fish for carp you would use fishing carp bait or boilies as they can be called in the UK. The word boilies comes from the fact that the carp bait ingredients are boiled in water. Carp fishing is also very popular in other countries such as France and Spain and there are lots of anglers that go on fishing holidays to these countries. Types of carp include common carp, grass carp and silver carp.
Carp fishing in France is very popular with anglers from the UK due to how close France is to us of course. Popular fishing destinations include Paris, Calais, Limoges and Domaine de la Vallée. There are lots of companies offering organised fishing holidays to France. Popular fishing destinations in the UK include the Cotswold, Devon and Yorkshire. If you are happy to travel further for your fishing there are some fantastic places to go including Thailand, Madeira and Australia.
Fishing bait is something that is used to attract the fish to the equipment being used to catch it i.e. a rod. Fishing baits can range from small insects such as worms or maggots to hand made baits such as boilies.
Fishing tackle is the name given to practically every bit of clothing or equipment used in fishing. This can be anything from fishing nets and rods to reels and clothing items such as waders and boots. Popular brand names include Fox, Nash, Daiwa for carp rods and more, Greys for everything to do with fishing and Dynamite Baits for fishing bait. Leading brands of carp baits include Cotswold baits and Richworth baits.
Commercial fishing is huge business and is done all around the world but China accounts for the most fish caught on a commercial basis. In the UK we are well known for our love of fish and chips!