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Troop 721 Milford, CT -  Fishing
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Introduction Catching fishes from the oceans, lakes, or streams is not only the most popular but probably the oldest pastime pursued by man. Thousands of years ago men caught fishes in nets and traps woven out of vines. They also fashioned hooks from bone, stone, and thorns and baited them with worms, grubs, or insects. The term fishing applies to the act of catching a fish from its natural home, the water. Taking fishes with nets and seines for food is called commercial fishing; with hook and line for fun, it is called sport fishing. Fishing is a popular sport because anyone can engage in it, regardless of age, sex, or income. Fishing can be enjoyed from childhood to old age, individually or in groups, with little more investment than a cane pole and a few hooks. Within an hour from most homes, there is usually a place to fish. Perhaps the greatest appeals in fishing for fun are the opportunities it offers to get outdoors, to enjoy the companionship of friends, to learn interesting facts about nature, and to use new and varied skills to outwit the fish. In the United States many state, federal, and private organizations spend millions of dollars annually to keep a plentiful supply of fishes available for sportsmen to catch. In fishing a set of ethics exists based on consideration for other sportsmen. One rule is to take no more fishes than one needs. Some of the best fishermen catch fishes for the sport of it, then release them unharmed for someone else to catch. The sporting methods a person uses in catching fishes and the consideration shown for others while fishing are the marks distinguishing a true fisherman. There are five basic techniques used to catch fishes for fun: still fishing, bait casting, fly fishing, spinning, and trolling. Many variations of each technique can be used, depending on weather and water conditions, the type of fish sought, and the season of the year. A wide range of equipment can be used in each for the same reasons. The potential fisherman may select whichever method and whatever type of equipment suits his needs, desires, and budget.