Learn a little bit about fishing with Mr. Steven in this video. Do you like to fish? Let us know in the comments below.

What is fishing?

Fishing is a practice that usually consists of using a rod and reel to catch a wide variety of saltwater and freshwater fish.  Fishing can also be practiced in the form of hand gathering, netting, snaring, and more.  The act of fishing is believed to date back to at least 40,000 years in the past. Fishing can be used to catch fish to keep as food, but it is widely accepted as a sport.  With the correct knowledge, tools, and experience, fishermen, or anglers, are able to catch and release all kinds of fish without harming them.  Fishermen can also help scientists study fish behavior, migration patterns, and more.

Different types of fishing:

  • Bait fishing: Bait is suspended in the water.  It can rest at different levels of the water depending on the equipment that the fisherman is using.  Usually, the bait calmly suspends in the water until a fish is attracted to it.  Common bait includes worms, anchovies, and power bait.  
  • Fly-fishing: Lightweight, artificial flies are casted into a body of water with the intent of imitating the natural food source of the fish that live there.  The flies are meant to land gently into the water to avoid startling or surprising the fish.  Special equipment is needed to perform fly-fishing.
  • Bait casting: Natural or artificial bait is casted into an area that is likely to be full of fish.  The bait is then retrieved in a manner that will attract the fish.
  • Trolling: Natural or artificial bait is let out on a line behind a slow-moving marine vessel.  The bait follows the vessel and mimics the movements of prey that a predatory fish will hopefully be attracted to.

What you’ll need:

  • Fishing rod and reel (used to cast and retrieve fishing line in the water)
  • Fishing tackle (equipment or bait used to attract and hook the fish)
  • Fishing net (used to help catch the fish after it has been reeled in)
  • Gloves (optional, depends on the fish)
  • Pliers (optional, many uses)

Mr. Steven holding a 14½ lb common carp before safely releasing it back into the water.