Fishing History - Historical Background of Fishing
We catch fish for food since 40,000 years ago. Since then we invented many different methods of fishing which depend on how much fish we want to catch, which fish we want to catch, where we are catching it and what for. Here you can read more about fishing history and techniques.
Spearfishing is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Since human could sharpen a stick, he used it to hunt fish, among other things, to survive. Today we us spears to fish for sport. Read more about history of spearfishing.
When people noticed that they can catch more fish than they can eat they started partaking in commercial fishing – catching fish for trade. From then on even the people who didn’t catch fish could have it on their menu. Read more about history of commercial fishing.
Gillnetting is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Almost every known civilization that had access to water, and fish in it, invented a variant of gillnet during its history in which fish would get caught.
Fishing nets are fishing tool for catching larger amount of fish and other sea life. They are invented very early in human history and they didn’t change much except in material from which they are made. Read more about fishing net history and types.
Fly fishing is an old technique of fishing. It was at first used as one of the methods of obtaining food while it is today more of a sport and method of relaxation. Find out more about history of fly fishing.
We catch fish by angling for some 20 millennia (give or take a year). At first, catching a fish with hook line and rod was a way to survive but today is mostly sport. Learn more about history of angling.
Recreational fishing is an old sport. Noble man and women practiced it since the 15th century and all that because of one woman – Dame Juliana Berners, which wrote a book with all needed instructions. Read more about history of recreational fishing.
Ice fishing was a method of obtaining fish for food during the winter months of the North and one of the few ways to survive when everything is covered in ice. Today it is a sport and a way of recreation for many who don’t depend on fish to live.
Fish traps are more efficient way of fishing than angling and allow the fisherman to have other activities than just fishing because they need not to be controlled – just emptied every now and then. Read more about fish trap history, facts and types.