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  • Yes it is

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  • It depends on skills and smarts.

    Catching fish depends on skills, smarts, and strategy. If someone buys a $600 dollar Shakespeare, but doesn't know what they are doing, they will catch nothing. Yet if I were to buy a $20 Walmart pole, I can catch fish all day. It depends nothing on gear, and all on the fisherman.

  • YES fishing is a sport,

    To make a more logical explanation, let’s examine some points that make an activity a sport. What would you call a sport? The dictionary says, a sport is something that needs physical exertion, something that requires a skill set and something that is competed by an individual or a team against another for entertainment.
    Now let’s look at fishing. Fishing is of different types. Leisurely fishing involves taking a rod out to the shore and casting it into the water while you spend some quality time with your best buddy or your beloved ones. It can also be going out on a boat and basking in the sun with a few drinks and casting your line out in the water and grabbing any fish that comes along. This doesn’t need any special physical exertion or skill set. Sportfishing on the other hand, unlike the leisure fishing requires a skill set and it demands physical exertion. Imagine reeling in a Marlin over 100 pounds into your boat.
    Fishing may not be a very appealing to the spectators, but I bet the ones that are out fishing will love every bit of it. The moments of expectation of when a fish bites, the fight with the fish when you pull at it and finally the exertion that goes into pulling the fish into your boat. Just the thought of it gives me an adrenaline rush. Like any other sport, fishing involves a lot of physical exertion. Pulling a huge Marlin out of the water can make even the strongest angler knock himself out. It needs an array of skill set to lure in one of the big monsters from the sea and get them into your boat. Like other sportsmen, fishermen (sport fishermen or otherwise) have to practice and straighten out their fishing techniques.

    The more you fish the more you learn. It is not all about a fishing rod and some bait. You have to know where, when and how to look for the fish. What bait and lure to use. And the technique to hold and pull the reel so that you do not lose the fish. It is all a skill that has to be perfected through regular training. And of course there is competition. You can compete to catch the biggest fish or the most fish, that depends on you. You can compete with your fellow anglers or with anglers from other boats or even from other seas. The possibilities are endless.

    This all boils down to the point that fishing is indeed a sport and not just an outdoor activity. There could be many who would like to differ from this, please feel free to put down your comments and views.

  • Fishing is a Sport

    If you are fighting big fish it takes a large amount of energy to pull it in and a considerable amount of skill to get it hooked in the first place. Since this is the true definition of a sport, something that requires physical exertion and skill, it definitely is a sport.

  • Yes, fishing is a sport.

    Fishing is in fact a sport. There can be great merit in the sport of fishing, especially when the "athlete" is going after larger fish that dwell in the ocean. When trawling or deep sea fishing, the goal is to go after larger fish such as dolphin, marlin, or grouper. Given the immense size and power of these fish the fisherman will have to fight for minutes, even hours to tire the fish out and bring it in. The fisherman will have to have immense stamina and determination if there is a hope of catching a large, even record breaking fish. Because of this great show of strength and endurance fishing is to be considered a sport.

  • Fishing is not a sport.

    Fishing is not a sport because it depends on the quality of tools rather than personal skill. Today there are many sophisticated types of bait with make fishing easier. Also, it's easier to fish in rivers and lakes that are better supplied with fish. The success of a fisherman doesn't always depend on his skill.


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