Fishing is a past time that many enjoy, but just like all those other hobbies, there are many rumors that float around that are simply not true. Here are some clarifications on some popular myths.
- There are plenty of fish in the water. This one would seem to make sense- you see people tossing their lines into water and everyone is catching fish. It tends to actually be the opposite. Anglers will go where the fish go. This could mean breeding or feeding ground, but generally those who are catching the most fish are doing their research to find the fish themselves.
- Fishing recreationally does not have an ecological impact. This isn’t true either. With fishing being a relatively cheap hobby, many have been making the trip to enjoy the waters and with the rise of technology, even more fish are being caught. Not to mention, many of the fish that are caught are not released, and the ones that are released could have serious injuries.
- The government is keeping close tabs on recreational fishing. It would make sense that in order for there to be sustainable fishing, then there needs to be order and a cap on how much fishing can be done in order to not target a specific species too much. This can be seen by others as another way that the government is getting involved in the daily lives of the people, but in reality it is just a way to help preserve a past time that many love.
- The science for current fisheries isn’t very reliable. There is some information on each species that is federally managed. The information that is used from surveys, fish biology, local stories and historical catch levels will help to determine if there will be a cap on a certain species.
- Conservationist groups want to put an end to recreational fishing. This is simply untrue. Many of those who are conservation advocates are also anglers. The whole point of the conservation is to help let fishing continue in a way that doesn’t do severe ecological damage.