The phrase "sport fishing" is constantly heard. Especially for those who are really passionate about fishing. What does it mean, how does sport fishing differ from amateur fishing? This is what this article is about. However, first we will make a small excursion into the history of fishing sport, then we will talk about the prospects for its development and, finally, we will talk about how to become a sports angler.
At the beginning of the century before last, millions of citizens of the Russian Empire, which, as you know, included Ukraine, were fond of fishing. In order to unite the efforts of amateurs and direct them in a constructive direction, the Russian Union of Angler Fishermen was founded. Mind you, not nets, hookers and dynamite mufflers, but anglers! In parallel, various societies and clubs of amateur fishermen began to emerge throughout the territory of the then empire, which held various events vaguely reminiscent of competitions. After the revolution of 1917, the fishing movement came to naught and was revived only in 1937, when the “Fisherman-Sportsman” society arose in Moscow, uniting more than 30,000 fishermen! It was a really powerful community of like-minded people who held lectures, meetings with the public, promoted a healthy lifestyle, respect for nature, and even erected fishing bases.
The war interrupted the development of sport fishing in the Soviet Union, which was revived only in 1958, with the emergence of the "Union of Societies of Hunters and Fishers of the USSR". At the same time, a document called "Regulations on sport fishing of the USSR" saw the light, which became the normative basis for the activities of numerous circles, sections and organizations of fishermen-athletes. The first "Rules for Fishing Sports Competitions in Ukraine" were approved in the 70s. At the same time, the Kiev Federation of Fishing Sports was founded, which gave a powerful impetus to the development of fishing sports throughout the republic. Practically in all large and small cities of Ukraine fishing sections, circles worked, regional and republican, all-Union tournaments in fishing sport were held, the winners of which were sent to world and European championships.
After the collapse of the Union, another black streak began in the history of sport fishing in our country. But already at the end of 1998, the Kiev Federation of Fishing Sports officially began its activities. And in the fall of 2002, through the efforts of S. I. Burdak, the Fishing Sports Federation of Ukraine (FRSU) was registered.
From this moment, the newest history of sport fishing in our country begins, in which there are more victories and achievements than defeats. Our athletes win prizes at the most prestigious competitions in Europe and the World. Of course, there are plenty of problems too. They are mainly associated with a meager material base, lack of adequate infrastructure and support from the state.
It's no secret that fishing is a very popular type of active recreation among Ukrainians. Almost every family has a pair of fishing rods or even a spinning rod, which from time to time are used during a picnic on the shore of a lake or a nearby pond. More enthusiastic people often go to water bodies to fish - once or twice a month or even every weekend. But there are those who cannot imagine their life without a fishing rod. However, despite the degree of passion, these anglers are amateurs, since fishing for them is a way to relax, escape from monotonous everyday life, get rid of stress, etc.
An athlete-fisherman, in principle, is also passionate about fishing and his goal is to catch as many fish as possible, but not just for fun, but to win the competition. The second important difference is that all the fish caught by the athletes returns to their native element. Lovers can take, within the limits permitted by law, or several fish for fish soup.
At the same time, manufacturers of tackle and equipment are constantly looking for new technologies and materials to offer even more advanced rods, reels, lures, clothing, with the help of which athletes achieve ever higher results. As a result, in addition to the development of the industry itself, amateurs get access to high-quality gear. Moreover, manufacturers, realizing that there are more amateurs than professionals, offer inexpensive products with characteristics comparable to top-end models. Part of the profits earned goes to new developments. In short, sport fishing and recreational fishing stimulate each other's development.
But these are not just pieces of rope tied together. Tying a rope tightly and beautifully is a real maritime art, fanned with antiquity. Do you think that sea knots are not needed in the modern world?