TIPS FISHING TERMINOLOGY Posted Mar 17, 2000 By: wfn Angling What Does Angling Mean? An angle is synonymous with a fishing hook. The word 'angler' refers to anyone who catches fish with a hook and line. you are looking to become an angler yourself then you are definitely in the right place. Here we will discuss all the various forms of angling that have been developed for many different aquatic environments. From freshwater angling to the skill needed for salt water angling, we will give you a taste of what this sport is all about, so you can decide if it's right for you. How Do You Learn This Sport? The quick answer here is that you do your research to learn the type of fishing you want to do, the fish species you are after and the gear you are going to need to get started. In reality, however, most people have to take a second step before they start fishing on their own. This involves hooking up with others who know the sport of angling and getting some firsthand experience. You will certainly want to read about the different types of angling available to you so that you can make the best decision. Some types of fishing are going to require a greater level of patience, time investment or expenses. For example, saltwater angling typically costs more simply because you will need a boat and a skilled captain - especially for those who will be doing deep sea angling. However, there are types of angling to suit just about everyone. Once you have learned about the fish you are after, how they live, what they eat and how one goes angling for them, you have an advantage over many who are simply following a tradition they learned rather than having been well versed in the species of fish they pursue. These folks may mean well, but often they are not quite up to speed on all of the different facets of the sport. When you find a local person willing to help you out in your area, a truly experienced angler, then you can definitely build upon your knowledge. If racing is where the rubber meets the road, then fishing is where the lure meets the fish, and hopefully you get a bite for your efforts. If you have studied well, and listened to your experienced friend or guide, then you really will become quite skilled at angling in a very short amount of time. Remember, people have been angling for centuries, so if they have been able to feed themselves and survive with the limited knowledge they had back in those days, you will be enjoying a major advantage when you go for your first trip just due to the education you have. What Types of Angling Are Available? If there is a fish anywhere in the world that is suitable for eating, and even a few that really aren't end up getting pursued purely for sport, then you can bet there are anglers out there who target them. Let's take a look at few of the top choices for angling styles around the world. Alpine Angling This is a very popular form of fishing because there are few things more pleasant and genuinely invigorating than fresh mountain air. Rocky Mountain angling is very popular in the United States simply because this primary mountain range in the North American continent has a huge number of streams and lakes that are perfect for fishing. People doing trout angling often prefer this type of fishing, but there are a few places along the coast where it can work for catching salmon as well. If you love the great outdoors and you want to backpack or even camp out, then you might consider alpine angling as a prime choice. Pike Angling Of all the lake fish in the world, it is said that pike are some of the fiercest fighters. These fish are big, toothy and bound to struggle like you can't believe once you have them on the line. Pike angling provides a high level of intensity that is sure to keep an angler's interest. Fly Angling Some forms of fishing are simply more artful than others. Fly angling is a very technical form of angling that has a lot of different skills that need to be learned. From the way you cast your line to selecting and tying flies, there is always something new to learn and techniques to hone. If you want to get into a very detailed form of fishing with big results, then fly angling just might be the form of the sport that will work best for you. However, you need to know that the learning curve is a bit steeper than with some other forms of angling. Salmon Angling As far as edible fish go, salmon are some of the top fish in the world. These start their lives in freshwater rivers and streams, and then migrate out to the ocean to live their adult lives. Once fully mature, they return to their native river or stream, and fight up the current to spawn in shallow areas with a gravel bottom. These fish can get very large and to catch them you need a strong rod. They can be fished at sea throughout their adult life cycle, or caught in rivers as they make their way towards the spawning grounds. Shore Angling Fishing from he shore is so popular because it is accessible to anyone. There's no expensive boat and maintenance needed. While a boat can provide more opportunities in large lakes and the ocean, shore angling is often the preferred method for streams, river and ponds. It's also a safe and easy way to get child involved in the sport. Deep Sea Angling If you have access to a boat or want to rent a charter, then deep sea angling is one of the most amazing angling experiences that you can have. The fact that this is a great way to not only experience the sea, but catch some truly monstrous size fish makes it one of the top past times for those anglers who can afford the journey. If you already live in a coastal area, then you will find that this is much easier to do than you might think. If you want to go after shark, halibut, tuna or swordfish then this is the kind of angling you are looking for. What Are the Best Resources for Aspiring Anglers? If you want to make the most of your time when you are learning about fishing, it can be very helpful to browse the web, but having access to a trusted magazine like The American Angler, certainly won't hurt either. You can learn about all sorts of fishing this way whether you are a backwoods angler interested in coarse angling, or obsessed with catching up with the angling technologies of extreme angling, you will have a lot to learn from a great magazine. Angling can be learned from books and this is a great way to go, but every true angler knows that in-depth angling requires a great deal of persistent learning. From the coastal fly angler of Chesapeake Bay, to the experienced redfish angler, there is a world of angling magazines that await you. Don't forget to check out shops both online and in your home town for the best angling tackle advice you can find. The sport requires a lot of networking if you want to get good, so you really will want to learn what you can from angling masters in the areas you love most. Those who want to be an angler know that it takes effort, but in the end you have a community behind you that values this historic sport.