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National Fishing Month – July 2024

National Fishing Month begins on July 24 and doesn’t end until August 30 each year. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy fishing, a practice that has existed since the dawn of human civilization. If you fish as a pastime or profession, you should know that the last week in July through to August is set aside to appreciate the activity. The great thing about fishing is that people of all ages can participate. Many people go fishing at their local parks and recreation centers this month, learning the ropes from instructors, and snagging the biggest fish they can reel in. Get your fishing gear ready for this long observance period.

History of National Fishing Month

For thousands of years, people have relied on fish as a primary source of protein, and the practice of fishing is likely as old as mankind itself. From the 19th century onward, fly fishing grew increasingly popular as a recreational activity around the world and fishing evolved from a necessity to a commodity. Thanks to advancements like the Nottingham reel, fiberglass fishing rods, and synthetic lures, many more people can fish as a vocation or just for fun.

Fishing brings joy and sustenance to individuals of all ages. Many anglers find it to be a calming pastime because it involves a lot of silence and solitude. The idea for National Fishing Month came from fishing lovers and hobbyists who wanted a time when people could get together to learn more about fishing techniques, improve their ability to reel in fish, and have a good time doing it.

Throughout the month, fishing teachers can be found teaching newcomers important fishing skills and methods. The fees may be reduced in some regions to encourage people of all ages to give the activity a try during National Fishing Month. Hundreds of regional events are also organized across the country to celebrate fishing and share the art with more people.

National Fishing Month timeline

1991 B.C.
The First Metal Fish Hooks

The first metal barbed fish hooks appear in ancient Egypt.

4th Century
Longer Rods are Introduced

The Romans are the first to mention a longer jointed rod.

15th Century
Angling Becomes a Sport

People start angling as a sport.

Landing Hooks for Large-Hooked Fish

Thomas Barker notices that large-hooked fish can be lifted out of the water more easily using a gaff or landing hook.

National Fishing Month FAQs

When is the best time to fish?

Getting up at the crack of dawn to fish is a must for anglers because the finest summer fishing occurs when it is still dark and peaceful outside.

What makes fishing so enjoyable?

Fishing takes intense concentration and complete awareness. A similar effect to meditating can be achieved with this practice. It is known to reduce anxiety, fight off depression, and encourage relaxation. Fishing may also reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, according to research.

Is a boat required to go fishing?

Fishing can be done without a boat. Fishing from a bridge, shoreline or even a public pier is an excellent option for novice anglers who don’t yet have the necessary experience to venture out on a boat.

National Fishing Month Activities

  1. Take a fishing lesson

    The art of fishing can be learned by anyone at any age. You may learn all about the joys of fishing by taking a class with an experienced instructor. You may also ask if an older family member, friend, or coworker is ready to show you the ropes. It’s the perfect bonding opportunity too.

  2. Shop for fishing gear

    What if you don't have any fishing gear, to begin with? Visit a sporting goods store or retailer near you. Fishing rods, reels, hooks, and lines are some of the equipment you'll need. Rental fishing gear may also be available for individuals who visit a national park that offers fishing as a recreational option.

  3. Plan a fishing getaway

    A fishing trip with your friends and family is a great way to discover the local fish available to catch. Check ahead of time to see what type of fishing licenses are required at the location you want to visit. It is a common requirement to get permission to fish in most national parks and rivers, and while some areas allow anglers to catch and release, others are stocked with fish for the sole purpose of providing food.

5 Fascinating Facts About Fishing

  1. Common fish for beginners

    Novice anglers prefer freshwater fish species including bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch, and rainbow trout because they are easy to catch and are known for their willingness to bite.

  2. Feeding times

    Major feeding times last for two hours while minor fishing periods last for an hour, based on your calendar's solunar time.

  3. The solunar calendar

    Fish are most active during peak solunar periods when the gravitational forces of the moon and sun are at their strongest.

  4. Be as quiet as possible

    Keep your canoe as quiet as possible when fishing in clear or shallow waters to avoid scaring fish away.

  5. Fishing rod guidelines

    Most spinning rods come with eye guidelines at the bottom and casting rods have guidelines to improve the accuracy of your casts at the top.

Why We Love National Fishing Month

  1. Fishing is for everyone

    One great thing about fishing is that it is for everyone. From parents to children and oldies, it is a fun family activity that everyone can participate in and enjoy.

  2. It increases awareness about angling

    National Fishing Month is a period when anglers are encouraged to participate in many events. Fishermen from all over the world participate in the tremendously popular sport that is practiced in almost every country.

  3. Chasing the thrill

    It's no surprise that so many people love the sport of fishing. It's both exhilarating and soothing to sit in a boat and wait for a fish to snatch your bait.

National Fishing Month dates

2024July 24Wednesday
2025July 24Thursday
2026July 24Friday
2027July 24Saturday
2028July 24Monday

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