The persecution of hunting is increasing. A well-fed layman who feels sorry for the bird, without thinking about any global problems of mankind, insulted by tabloid newspaper journalists, sees the hunter as an enemy of all animals. He himself takes a puppy, enjoys it with summer, “forgets” in the country in the fall, and then demands that the caught stray dog be treated, nourished, and again released “into the wild.”
Alas, such a rush affected our closest associates – “hunters” of fish – fishermen. They are also reproached by the townsfolk, if not in “killing”, then in a catastrophic decrease in fish stocks in water bodies, where the “critics” themselves, on the mountain of water inhabitants, dump all conceivable and inconceivable substances that have already been used for their joy.
Unfortunately, fishermen-athletes, observing their interests, and even more profit manufacturers of fishing tackle, begin to go on the wrong path. It would seem that hunters should not care, but, without a doubt, their initiative, having become widespread, will indirectly affect us. They will set fishers for us as an example, although it is impossible to compare us in relation to fishing.
We are talking about widely promoted sports fishing, organized on the principle of “caught – let go.” Why did such an idea arise, and what can fish and people expect from its embodiment? ..
Not only recently, but also for a very long time, anglers from around the world with an inventive streak in their souls have offered many options for new tackles and lures for fishing. All of them fit the category of sports, although an ordinary fishing hook, which can be called the perfect symbol of treachery, is a mandatory attribute of any of them.
Let us note, incidentally, that fishing by this method, let’s say ducks, which, unlike mute fish, is capable of indignant and complaining to the whole world with a cry, is not without reason recognized as unacceptable barbarism. But let us leave this very philosophical question to specialists. We agree that hooking a wordless creature, which is a fish, is much more humane than raking a trawl or a net of fish mass, paralyzed by the same electric current. It is such a fish that is piled on store shelves.
When there are as many instances of bleak left in the rivers as there are ducks flying in the air, the “pitiful” representatives of the “elder brother” of all living things also recognize inhumane as catching a fly with a fly.
We hope this does not happen – lovers will boldly catch fish on a hook. Moreover, they will increasingly cunningly disguise this most insidious weapon with new and new lures. Once our ancestors successfully caught themselves eating aquatic predators using a plate of brilliant stone, which already had a prototype of a hook even in the form of a bush spike. They did not dream of a shiny bronze and stainless steel simply because they themselves still used a stone ax. As for the foam rubber and other plastics, our fathers did not even think about them when they fished for their pleasure and their catches were larger than ours.
Times have changed. The “simple-minded” fish are deceived more sophisticatedly and do it solely in order to amuse their sports excitement. Although so far the most commonly used goals have been sent to the pan, if we compare the results with other mass sports, many fishermen and athletes who have presented them with prizes will return physically and mentally maimed to their elements. However, they, of course, do not hear a cry from silent fish, which can be translated into human language like this: “Shoot better, so as not to suffer”.
If we already allow fishing for insidious tackle, it will be much more humane and fairer than a water predator, rushing to imitate defenseless fry, to send to the cauldron and eat, than to amuse itself with the mistake of a “primitive” creature, crippling it and returning it.
And if you catch it only for the sake of sports passion, which consists in circumventing your neighbor in tricks and cunning in relation to fish, then the current technical capabilities will soon allow you to launch a mechanical “hare” into the pool – pah! – “electronic pikeperch” and set at least a hundred catchers on it with super stakes, reels, jigs and other attributes of a modern fisherman-athlete. At the same time, their sports passion will be fueled by the screams of hundreds of female persons and reporters with television cameras.
Let anyone throw a stone at me who sees me as an adversary of fair fishing. We caught, we catch, and we hope we will catch. Most of the fishermen are not athletes and they do not reach for those who make every effort to find a fish in the pond, even peeping through the echo sounder, and then lure it with some enchanting temptation and pull it out of its native environment. They simply catch, most often with the most primitive semi-homemade gear and, often even having the means, do not buy gear with “bells and whistles”.