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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.
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.
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.