Submitted by Bstandiford on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:00
I often hear fishing is not a sport because anyone can participate, it has no age limit and you do not have to be in peak physical condition to compete. Here are a few reasons why I say it is a sport. Anglers are fishing against the clock! 8 hours of "game" time. In those 8 hours you can be exposed to everything from heatstroke to hypothermia, sunburn to frostbite, and all of the other outdoor elements.
With hundreds of casts per day ( a baseball pitcher usually removed after 100 pitches) you also increase chances of rotator cuff,tennis elbow and carpal tunnel injuries! Most anglers stand all day while fishing, requiring balance and agility during rough water and weather conditions! The boat owner is also responsible for his partners safety (team format) as well as the safety of others. You also have to be mentally prepared for the tournament and the conditions of the day or day's This means getting up by 4 am for a 7 am tournament and add about 3 hours to the end of the day to get boat cleaned up,gear put away and then the drive home! Makes for a long day! And that's just a one day tournament! Some tournaments are 4 grueling days. I'm not saying fishing is as tough as football,baseball,basketball or soccer but to the uninitiated,I think this will help shed some light on the "sport" of fishing!