Anglers Keep our Heritage Alive and Well
Fishing is so much more than catching a stringer of fish for the night’s dinner. Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales, and much more.
Purchasing fishing accessories also goes to help conservation efforts that ultimately ensure good fishing. In 1950, the U.S. government passed the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (FASFRA). This voluntary agreement between the state and federal governments encourages states to protect endangered fish species and allows states to levy extra taxes on fishing gear like fish finders, poles, tackle and boat fuel. The money goes to the federal government, which it uses to compensate up to 75 percent of costs borne by the states for fish conservation and management programs.
At one time it was the norm to catch a limit of fish, fillet them and cook them for a meal. That is still fine today to some extent, but anglers are learning the importance of Catch & Release practices. It is because of this practice that fish populations and trophy fish are at all-time highs.
You can only release so many fish though before you decide to save a couple. Just remember to not overdo it and keep more than you need. After all, who doesn’t like a good meal a fresh cooked fish and the nutritional values it provides.
Many in the health profession recommends fish as a lean protein alternative to red meat. For example, a serving of pink salmon contains only about 127 calories, 4 g of fat and 57 mg of cholesterol. Most types of fish contain about 20 to 25 g of protein and 0.33 mg of iron per serving. Fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which support brain and neural development.
There is a saying’ “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.” This is why so many people go fishing. Whether you are catching fish or not, it is a relaxing way to spend time with family and friends.
For many people, lifelong memories have been made on bank of a farm pond or on the deck of a boat 50-miles offshore. Whether it is watching your child catch his or her first fish or fighting a Marlin off the coast of Hawaii, fishing provides plenty of opportunities to build relationships, share experiences and enjoy the outdoors.
Freshwater fishing is comprised of everything from panfish, bass, walleye, catfish, musky and more. Many of us began fishing for freshwater fish with a hook and bobber.
Over the years, the desire to land trophy fish has pushed anglers to fish primarily for bass, walleye, musky, salmon and even giant catfish. If you do catch that trophy fish that has been eluding you, remember to practice Catch & Release. A photo is worth a thousand words. And, if you are looking to put the fish on the wall, a reproduction mount is just as good as a traditional mount. Many times, even better.
Whether you are looking to catch a mess of crappies for dinner, or that 10-pound largemouth freshwater fishing has something for everyone.
With so many fishing opportunities, it is a good idea to get someone new involved in the sport or reacquaint an angler that has been away from the sport for a while. That is where the National R3 program plays a vital role in keeping our outdoor heritage alive and strong through recruiting, retaining and reactivating outdoor enthusiasts. For more information on how you can get involved with R3, visit https://www.nationalr3plan.com/.
“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” ~Herbert Hoover