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    • Recreational fishing

    • Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition. It can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is fishing for profit, or subsistence fishing, which is fishing for survival. The most common form of recreational fishing is done with a rod, reel, line, hooks and any one of a ... Read »


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    • Angling

    • Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. The hook itself can be dre ... Read »


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    • Angling records in the UK

    • Goldfish (Carassius auratus) European Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) Gudgeon (Gobio gobio)) Ide (natural) (Leuciscus idus) Former British Record Wels Catfish 1970 This is an impartial (not biased only to the BRFC) and comprehensive record list of 273 British record freshwater fi ... Read »


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    • Angling records of Europe

    • This list is of the heaviest European freshwater fish caught using the traditional angling method of rod and line. The criteria for inclusion on this list is that the species, weight, date and venue have been published by a recognized publisher with a genuine photograph and a link to that publication is referenced her ... Read »


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    • Fish in Australia

    • Fish in Australia

      Australia has over 5000 described species of fish, a quarter of which are endemic.Seafood and aquaculture are major and highly regulated industries, and fishing for marine and freshwater native and stoked fish is popular. For its land-size, Australia has a low diversity of native freshwater fish with only 280 describe ... Read »


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    • Bag limits

    • A bag limit is a law imposed on hunters and fishermen restricting the number of animals within a specific species or group of species they may kill and keep. Size limits and hunting seasons sometimes accompany bag limits which place restrictions on the size of those animals and the time of year during which hunters may ... Read »


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    • Bass fishing

    • Bass fishing is the activity of angling for the North American gamefish known colloquially as the black bass. There are numerous black bass species considered as gamefish in North America, including largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui), spotted bass or Kentucky bass (Micropte ... Read »


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    • Best Angler ESPY Award

    • The Best Angler ESPY Award has been presented annually since 2006 to the amateur or professional angling sport fisherman, irrespective of gender or nationality, adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year; although the award may technically be presented to an angler of any fish, in practice only bass fishermen are ... Read »


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    • Big-game fishing

    • Big-game fishing, also known as offshore sportfishing, offshore gamefishing, or blue-water fishing is a form of recreational fishing, targeting large fish such as tuna and marlin which game fisherman regard as having "sporting qualities". Big-game fishing started as a sport after the invention of the motor boat. ... Read »


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    • Bowfishing

    • Bowfishing is a method of fishing that uses specialized archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish. Fish are shot with a barbed arrow that is attached with special line to a reel mounted on the bow. Some freshwater species commonly hunted include common carp, grass carp, bighead carp, alligator gar, and paddlefish. I ... Read »


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    • Catch and release

    • Catch and release is a practice within recreational fishing intended as a technique of conservation. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water. Often, a fast measurement and weighing of the fish is worthwhile. Using barbless hooks, it is often possible to release the fish without removing it from t ... Read »


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    • Chautla Hacienda

    • The Chautla Hacienda was a formerly vast extension of farmland located in the San Martin Texmelucan Valley in the state of Puebla, northwest of the city of Puebla in Mexico. It was established in the 18th century, primarily producing grain. In the 19th century, it became the property of an Englishman by the name of Tho ... Read »


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    • Clam digging

    • Clam digging is a North American term for a common way to harvest clams (edible infaunal bivalve mollusks) from below the surface of the tidal sand flats or mud flats where they live. It is done both recreationally (for enjoyment or as a source of food) and commercially (as a source of income). Commercial digging in th ... Read »


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    • Coarse fishing

    • Coarse fishing is a term used in the United Kingdom and Ireland for angling for coarse fish. Coarse fish are freshwater fish that are distinguished from game fish. Freshwater game fish are all salmonids – most particularly salmon, trout and char – so generally coarse fish are freshwater fish that are not salm ... Read »


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    • Cuttyhunk Island

    • Cuttyhunk

      Cuttyhunk Island is the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. A small outpost for the harvesting of sassafras was occupied for a few weeks in 1602, arguably making it the first English settlement in New England. Cuttyhunk is located between Buzzards Bay to the north and Vineyard Sound to the south. Peni ... Read »


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    • Dapping

    • in nature, workshop practice, and in angling describes special examples of dipping, dabbing, or bouncing actions. The Oxford English Dictionary defined dap in part as follows: "daps" meaning "ways, modes of action"; hence in dialect, "likeness, image". A dap can be a bounce of a ball, etc. Correspondingly, as a v ... Read »


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    • Fishing float

    • A float, also called a bobber in the United States, is an item of angling equipment that is attached to the fishing line which serves several purposes. Firstly, it can suspend the bait at a predetermined depth; secondly, due to its buoyancy, it can carry the baited hook to otherwise inaccessible areas of water by allow ... Read »


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    • Fishing gaff

    • In fishing, a gaff is a pole with a sharp hook on the end that is used to stab a large fish and then lift the fish into the boat or onto shore. Ideally, the hook is placed under the backbone. Gaffs are used when the weight of the fish exceeds the breaking point of the fishing line or the fishing pole. A gaff cannot be ... Read »


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    • Fishing lure

    • A fishing lure is a type of artificial fishing bait which is designed to attract a fish's attention. The lure uses movement, vibration, flash and color to bait fish. Many lures are equipped with one or more hooks that are used to catch fish when they strike the lure. Some lures are placed to attract fish so a spear can ... Read »


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    • FishingBooker

    • FishingBooker.com

      FishingBooker is an internet startup built around an online booking site for fishing charters. In 2014, FishingBooker won the Audience Choice award at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. The site has been described as “Airbnb for fishing charters”. The startup’s site serves as a portal that deals with a disparat ... Read »


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    • Fly fishing

    • Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or "lure" requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that res ... Read »


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    • Fly Tyer

    • Fly Tyer is an American magazine dedicated to the subject of fly tying, the art of tying materials to a hook for the purposes of fly fishing. Published four times a year, Fly Tyer is currently the largest fly-tying magazine in terms of circulation. It employs "perfect binding" instead of stapled pages, and usually feat ... Read »


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    • Game fish

    • Game fish are fish pursued for sport by recreational anglers. They can be freshwater or saltwater fish. Game fish can be eaten after being caught, though increasingly anglers practice catch and release to improve fish populations. Some game fish are also targeted commercially, particularly salmon. The species of f ... Read »


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    • The Golden Mile (angling)

    • The Golden Mile is a term used by Recreational Sea Anglers (RSAs) to describe the close inshore area that is exceptionally important to the Recreational Sea Angling sector, and of importance to the close inshore marine ecology, with implications for the health of the marine ecology further offshore. First used by Recr ... Read »


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    • Hollowell

    • Hollowell

      Hollowell is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population, including the nearby hamlet of Teeton, was 353 people, increasing to 385 at the 2011 Census. The village was originally a hamlet of Guilsborough, becom ... Read »


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    • Hookset

    • In recreational fishing terminology, the hookset (setting the hook or striking) is a motion made with a fishing rod in order to "set" a fish hook into the mouth of a fish once it has bitten a fishing lure or bait. That is, in order to secure the fish on the hook, a sharp motion is performed to push the barb of the hook ... Read »


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    • Kayak fishing

    • Kayak fishing is fishing from a kayak. The kayak has long been a means of transportation and a stealth means of approaching easily spooked fish, such as cobia and flounder. Kayak fishing has gained popularity in recent times due to its broad appeal as an environmentally friendly and healthy method of transportation, as ... Read »


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    • Lakeland Bassmasters

    • The Lakeland Bassmasters is the largest federated fishing club in North America. The club is composed of anglers of all levels of ability which affords an ample supply of "seasoned pros" to assist newcomers. Aside from providing a venue for learning, the club also provides a resource for community related activities. ... Read »


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    • Land-based game fishing

    • Land-based game fishing is a form of sport fishing in which anglers attempt to catch big-game fish from shore rather than from ocean-going boats. The locations for such activities are generally rock platforms, though wharfs, jetties and beaches are also common. Some species such as sharks can be targeted in shallow wat ... Read »


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    • Lobster fishing

    • Lobsters are widely fished around the world for their meat. They are often hard to catch in large numbers, but their large size can make them a profitable catch. Although the majority of the targeted species are tropical, the majority of the global catch is in temperate waters. Several methods are used to catch lo ... Read »


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    • Marlin (magazine)

    • Marlin: The International Sportfishing Magazine, is a digital and print magazine that covers big game fishing around the world. Its headquarters are in Winter Park, Florida, and is published by the Bonnier Corporation. John Brownlee is the editor-in-chief of the magazine.Marlin contains updates on the world's hottest ... Read »


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    • Marlin fishing

    • Marlin fishing (also called billfishing) is considered by some game fishermen to be a pinnacle of offshore game fishing, due to the size and power of the four marlin species and their relative rareness. Fishing for marlin captured the imagination of some sport fishermen in the 1930s, when well-known angler/authors Zane ... Read »


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    • Noodling

    • Noodling is fishing for catfish using only bare hands, practiced primarily in the southern United States. The noodler places their hand inside a discovered catfish hole. Many other names are used in different regions for the same activity. The term noodling, although today used primarily towards the capture of flathea ... Read »


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    • Panfish

    • A panfish, also spelled pan-fish or pan fish, is an edible game fish that usually doesn't outgrow the size of a frying pan. The term is also commonly used by anglers to refer to any small catch that will fit in a pan, but is large enough to be legal. However its definition and usage varies with geographical region. Acc ... Read »


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    • Peacock bass

    • Peacock bass

      Peacock bass is the common name in English for a group of closely related species of tropical, freshwater fish of the genus Cichla. There are 15 known species of peacock bass, others will surely be described (but see the results based on DNA data). Their common names vary greatly depending on the country, region, ... Read »


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    • Pilar (boat)

    • Pilar (boat)

      Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named Pilar. It was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495. "Pilar" was a nickname for Hemingway's wife Pauline and also the name of the woman leader of the partisan band in his 1940 novel of the Spanish Civil War, For W ... Read »


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    • Piscatorial Society

    • The Piscatorial Society is one of the oldest angling societies in England, if not the world. It was founded in 1836 and still flourishes today. It leases fly fishing water on a number of chalk streams in Hampshire and Wiltshire, including the Wylye, the Test, the Itchen and the Hampshire Avon. It no longer has a base i ... Read »


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    • Porgie fishing

    • Porgy is the common name in the US for any fish which belongs to the family Sparidae. They are also called bream. Porgies live in shallow temperate marine waters and are bottom-dwelling carnivores. Most species possess grinding, molar-like teeth. They are often good eating fish, particularly the gilt-head bream and the ... Read »


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    • Redmire pool

    • Redmire Pool is near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, England. At only 3 acres (1.2 ha) in size it is considered by angling experts to be the home of carp fishing. The earliest sign of its potential was unveiled on 3 October, 1951 when a British record carp of 31.25 lb (14.17 kg) was caught by Bob Richards. The w ... Read »


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    • Rock fishing

    • Rock fishing is fishing from rocky outcrops into the sea. It is a popular pastime in Australia and New Zealand. It can be a dangerous pastime and claims many lives each year, although this may improve as more fishermen are beginning to wear life jackets. According to Surf Life Saving Australia's 2009 Coastal Repor ... Read »


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    • Salt Water Sportsman

    • Salt Water Sportsman is a magazine about recreational marine fishing in the United States and throughout the world. Originally published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1939, Salt Water Sportsman expanded from its roots covering New England waters to address saltwater fishing issues throughout the world. The magazine is ba ... Read »


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    • Sea Witch (lure)

    • The Sea Witch is a record setting artificial fishing lure made by C&H Lures. It has been in production since 1925. It is recommended for trolling for billfish and dolphin. ... Read »


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    • Simms Fishing Products

      Simms Fishing Products is a high end fishing equipment, accessories and apparel manufacturer in Bozeman, Montana. Simms was founded in 1980 by John Simms, a Jackson, Wyoming fishing guide and outfitter. John Simms established the company to manufacture a higher quality of waders and wading equipment than was avail ... Read »


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    • Smelt-whiting fishing

    • Smelt-whiting is the common name for various species of the family Sillaginidae. The Sillaginidae are distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from the west coast of Africa to Japan and Taiwan in the east, as well occupying as a number of small islands including New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. Well k ... Read »


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    • Snagging

    • Snagging, also known as snag fishing, snatching, snatch fishing, jagging (Australia), or foul hooking, is a method of fishing that entails catching a fish using hooks without the fish having to take the bait with their mouth. This is achieved by pulling the fishing line out of the water very quickly as soon as any move ... Read »


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    • Spearfishing

    • Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks. Today modern spearfishing makes use of elastic powered spearguns and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic ... Read »


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    • Striped bass fishing

    • Striped bass are perciform fish found all along the Atlantic coast, from Florida to Nova Scotia, and are caught as far north as Hudson Bay. They are of significant value as sporting fish, and have been introduced to many areas outside their native range. Striped bass anadromous (Morone saxatilis, also called rock ... Read »


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    • Surface lure

    • A surface lure is a fishing lure designed to waddle, pop, lock, drop, pulse, twitch or fizz across the surface of the water as it is retrieved, and in doing so imitate surface prey for fish such as mice, lizards, frogs, cicadas, moths and small injured fish. A typical surface lure has a solid body made out of wood or p ... Read »


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    • Tench

    • Tench

      The tench or doctor fish (Tinca tinca) is a fresh- and brackish-water fish of the cyprinid family found throughout Eurasia from Western Europe including the British Isles east into Asia as far as the Ob and Yenisei Rivers. It is also found in Lake Baikal. It normally inhabits slow-moving freshwater habitats, particular ... Read »


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    • Texas rig

    • The Texas rig is a technique used for fishing with soft plastic lures. It involves a bullet-shaped weight being threaded onto the fishing line first, followed by a glass or plastic bead, and then the line is secured to a hook, usually an offset worm hook. The hook is then inserted into the head region of the worm and ... Read »


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    • Trolling (fishing)

    • Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water. This may be behind a moving boat, or by slowly winding the line in when fishing from a static position, or even sweeping the line from side-to-side, e.g. when fishing from a jetty. Trolling is u ... Read »


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    • Trout bum

    • Trout bum is an affectionate nickname for dedicated trout anglers, particularly those who practice fly fishing. Use of the term is similar in tone and meaning to the antiquated term, "Surf Bum." The term was popularized by author John Gierach, whose first book, Trout Bum is an anthology of informal, narrative essays on ... Read »


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    • Trout tickling

    • Trout tickling is the art of rubbing the underbelly of a trout with fingers. If done properly, the trout will go into a trance after a minute or so, and can then easily be thrown onto the nearest bit of dry land. Trout tickling has been practiced for many centuries. It is mentioned in Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth ... Read »


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    • Jeremy Wade

    • Jeremy Wade

      Jeremy John Wade (born 23 March 1956) is a British television presenter and author of books on angling. He is known for his television series River Monsters and Jungle Hooks. Wade was born in Ipswich and brought up in Nayland where his father was a vicar. He attended Dean Close School and has a degree in zoology f ... Read »


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    • Wholesale Sports

    • Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is a Canadian owned and operated retailer in western Canada of hunting, fishing and camping gear and apparel, that provides expert advice and merchandise for outdoor sports and activities. Wholesale Sports offers equipment, clothing and accessories in the camping, hunting, and f ... Read »


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    • World Fly Fishing Championships

    • The World Fly Fishing Championship is organised by the Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive (FIPS Mouche) and takes place annually between 27 teams of five individuals per country (in 2013), over three days. Five rounds with a duration of three hours of fly fishing are fished at five differen ... Read »


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    • World Freshwater Angling Championships

    • The World Freshwater Angling Championships is a freshwater angling competition. Participating countries fish in teams of six with titles awarded to the team with the highest aggregate weight and for the highest individual weight. Since its inception in 1954, the competition has been staged on rivers, canals and still w ... Read »


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    • Worm charming

    • Worm charming, worm grunting, and worm fiddling are methods of attracting earthworms from the ground. The activity is usually performed to collect bait for fishing but can also take the form of a competitive sport in areas such as east Texas. As a skill and profession worm charming is now very rare, with the art being ... Read »


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