Sport fishing is a beloved pastime the world over. Depending on the type of excursion chosen, sport fishing can be a leisurely, relaxing experience; a test of precision and skill; or a high-intensity, thrilling chase.
In the scheme of human history, fishing for sport is a relatively new concept. Historically, people have generally fished for sustenance or for profit.
It is difficult to pinpoint when fishing shifted from a necessity to a sport. One of the earliest known records of sport fishing is an English essay published in 1496, called “Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle.” The work was widely read by British nobility throughout the 16th century. As with hunting, falconing and other sports, fishing was considered an activity only fit for gentlemen; they were the only ones with the leisure time and the means to pursue it.
Sport fishing grew in popularity during the 17th and 18th century. The 18th century brought about the commercialization of the sport fishing industry, and in the 19th century, sport fishing caught on among the lower classes, where it gained mass appeal. While early sport fishing focused on smaller fish that were more easily caught, the invention of the motorboat in the late 1800s led to big game fishing.
Today, recreational fishing is practiced in lakes, rivers and oceans all over the world, in a variety of different ways. From the disciplined art of fly fishing to the exciting challenge of big game fishing, people of every socioeconomic status have succumbed to the lure of the sport.
For many, fishing is a quiet activity that offers a chance to reflect and unwind in a beautiful natural setting, as well as an opportunity to catch some dinner. For others, it offers a chance to prove their skill and mettle. In the past, many fishing enthusiasts killed their catch whether they planned to eat them or not, so that they could be weighed and mounted. Today, fish not used as food is typically released back into the wild to preserve populations. In some cases, the released fish are tagged so that scientists can track them for study.
Successful fishing takes considerable skill and knowledge. Successful fishermen must know how to get the best use out of their rod and reel, and must be well-acquainted with the habitats and habits of their quarry. That said, fishing is something even a novice can enjoy – in all likelihood the thrill of that first catch will have them “hooked.”
Fishing competitions have grown in popularity by leaps and bounds. Individual competitions typically take place on shore, while team competitions are held on boats. Winnings can be anything from simple bragging rights to generous cash purses. Some of the more popular competitions are backed by sponsors who offer substantial cash prizes.
Costa Rica is one of the world’s best destinations for sport fishing. The waters are packed with game, and, because the country features both a Caribbean and a Pacific coast, fishing opportunities are very diverse – you can catch everything from small fish like snapper, flounder and trout, to big game fish like wahoo, tuna, sailfish and dolphin.
Chartering a fishing boat in Costa Rica is incredibly easy – whether you want to take a leisurely, quiet fishing trip or an adrenaline-pumping big game chase, boats are available and accessible. And, if you prefer to watch the pros in action, the country hosts some of the world’s most famous fishing tournaments.
Whether novice, seasoned professional, or somewhere in between, most everyone can have a great time sport fishing, and Costa Rica is the place to come for a great experience. We hope to see you here soon!
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