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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.
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.
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.
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.