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FISHING EVENTS, SHOWS AND TOURNAMENTS



Since man saw fish for the first time in streams, rivers and lakes and then subsequently in the seas and found them to be edible and tasteful to the palate, we have been pursuing in our quest to take them to our tables. International agreements provide every country with a shoreline to the sea an exclusive 200 nautical miles of an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), of which the United States of America has the largest covering 11.4 square kilometers giving it legal rights to an extensive area to find for our fish. The quantum of fresh and salt water fish available to titillate our palates is unquantifiable and there is more than enough to feed the whole world, which is what we have been fishing for many millennia. More than an industry that has lasted the test of time, fishing has been a livelihood for many throughout the ages and the art of baiting the fish and a host of other traditions have been passed down generations. The world fishing industry is unquantifiable but it is estimated that the United States of America harvests a colossal six million (6,000,000) tons of fish annually and that is a lot of money, behind which many make their living. The total fishing industry in the USA revolves around this huge quantum of fish that we harvest annually and many auxiliary industries fall behind to support this gigantic endeavor, which is a major component in our country’s economy and everything possible is done to safeguard that. Those who live along the coastal areas of any country have been exposed to everything about fishing, especially the art of studying the weather, what to do when the catch is brought ashore and many other related aspects of this very challenging endeavor. This knowledge and the fact that they are confined to the coastal fishing areas of any country has given them the impetus to band themselves together because they need each other and also to preserve those traditions that has been passed down through many generations. If they are to preserve and safeguard any traditions that they have been gifted with, then they would need to exhibit them to their future generations and to the others who have no connections to the fishing fraternity, so that others could appreciate how the delectable fish have been finding the way, to their tables.




Traditions, practices and a way of life



All over the world those who are engaged in their respective professions go about their daily routines with monotonous ease and are constrained to find the time to spare to celebrate traditions and age old practices. Traditions and practices are galore and to propagate them the fishing communities in many areas tend to have special days allocated to celebrate, fishing events, fishing shows and fishing tournaments as the case may be. Such celebrations are not limited only to the fishing fraternity but draw crowds from far and wide who come with the expectation of enjoying in the festivities and also learning whatever they could from the fare dished out. These celebrations bring a sense of camaraderie between the fishing communities and the others and are practices that are prevalent in many countries not limited to any geographical area alone. When it is time for celebrations and comradeship everyone who has something to do with the fishing industry would proactively come forward and sponsor such events which add to the successful conclusion of the events of the day.




Fishing events



It is traditions that would beckon as to what fishing events would be celebrated during a particular year and of them there are many. They provide excellent opportunities to the fishing community to learn what is happening around the world in other communities such as theirs, and learn new fishing techniques, see what new products have been introduced, how the latest technologies that are available are being used in the fishing industry and much more. Without exceptions most of the fishing communities spread all over the world do line up a string of such fishing events generally during the course of a calendar year, especially when the beckoning of the sea is directly related to a high in the impending fish harvest due to natural reasons. In the United States there are an abundance of fishing events organized in every state which are generally fixed dates around the nearest weekends of a particular month which are very popular providing everyone interested in fishing to take a peep into what is happening in the fishing industry.




Fishing shows



Fishing is not just going out to sea or to the river and bringing home a fish or two to lay it cooked on the dining table to feed the family and you. It is very much more than that, it is a multibillion dollar industry worldwide and in the United States of America it is a major component in the budgetary considerations of every state that is blessed with a shoreline and a tremendous boost to their economies. There are many auxiliary industries that support the fishing business from boat builders, fishing net manufacturers, rod and tackle distributors and a host of others who are part of this humongous operation to successfully take a successful catch of fish from the sea, river or lakes. All these auxiliary industries need a platform to exhibit their wares and how best those could be employed to outsmart the fish and get them to take the bait and bite the hook. Fishing shows become the ideal forum for all those intertwined with the fishing industry to display their wares and apprise those directly involved in fishing or the industry as a whole to know what is happening around them. New developments and innovative technology being introduced periodically needs to be brought to the public domain especially of the fishermen and to all those others who support the industry. The opportunity to be at a fishing show anywhere is what those industries look forward to, which enables them to educate those who would need and use them to be apprised as to what is on offer. These developments and innovations could better the opportunities which the fishermen look forward to and provide them a better advantage of bringing ashore a bigger catch of fish than they would normally envisage. There is not one fishing community anywhere in the United States that would miss this golden opportunity and sleep over it without grabbing the limelight accorded. They would strive to apprise and educate themselves on what could better their lot, and for that there are many fishing shows that are organized to keep the momentum and the enthusiasm within the fishing community and the respective States at the highest peak. These fishing shows generally pay themselves without any recognizable financial drain on any of the fishing communities, other than on those who would make their profits selling the products they have to offer. You would need to attend fishing shows to experience the excitement and absorb everything and even if you were not a fishing enthusiast, it would not take long for you to pick up a fishing tackle and try your hand at this very exciting sport which has kept many who have tried their hand at it to be hooked for life.




Fishing tournaments



Fishing tournaments are very popular recreational competitions that would match individuals or teams against each other, as the case may be to test their skills, stamina, patience, guile and ingenuity among many other inherent talents to outsmart and catch the fish of the day. Like fishing events and fishing shows, these competitive fishing tournaments are also an integral part of any fishing community’s annual agenda. Whilst adding to the excitement which fishing tournaments exude, there would also be a festive air prevailing with something for the whole family to indulge in. Such fishing tournaments bring much needed revenue to the respective communities and the State governments too, under whose auspices these eagerly looked forward to events are conducted. Most of the day’s program which could sometimes spread over a week’s period or more would also be sponsored by those companies that bring their wares, which could be from large boats to the simple hook at the end of a fishing tackle. These sort of skills testing fishing tournaments are regular events and some of them are very popular and has the ability because of the perennial interest that it has created to draw crowds from many other surrounding states too. There are few fishing tournaments in the United States which are high on the popularity list and could be considered the best of the best like the Bassmaster Classic, a three day test of skills organized by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society which had its baptism half a century ago in Montgomery, Alabama. There are many others which are comparatively popular and awarding thousands of dollars as prize money all of which are raised through sponsorships and the revenues collected sustain communities and are also distributed among various charities.