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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.
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.
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.
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.