What is a Fishing Rig?
Fishing rigs are arrangements of items used for fishing. A fishing rig can be assembled from one or more of these fishing tools -a hooks, a line, a sinker, a bobber, a swivel, a lure, and other fishing tackle. A fishing rig is usually held by a rod, by hand, or attached to a boat or pier. Fishing rigs can take a lot of forms and shapes depending on the purpose. There are fishing rigs designed to sink to the bottom; others float near the surface of the water. Some are designed for trolling or designed especially for catching a single specific species of fish. Some of the specially designed rigs will function well for many different species.
Many anglers have at one time or the other gotten a bad hook in hand at some point, and most of those hooks are barbed. In situations where a barbless hook is used, an angler can easily slide the hook out with barely a mark. Alternatively, barbless hooks can be created by using a pair of pliers or hemostats to pinch the barb down on a regular hook. A lot of people switch to barbless is to be a little nicer to the fish. It’s an easy conclusion to arrive at. The less harm you are doing to a fish’s face, the better. You can remove a barbless fly with little effort and often without even having to take the fish out of the water.
Aquatic habitats are home to countless species of fish and invertebrates. Most of these invertebrates are consumed as food, while others are harvested for economic reasons (e.g. oysters that produce pearls used in jewelry). All over the world, in many diverse cultures, seafood is seen as an important source of protein and healthy fats.
People have fished to feed families and local communities. This demand for seafood worldwide, along with advances in technology, has led to fishing practices that are depleting fish and shellfish populations around the world. Fishing practices remove more than 77 billion kilograms (170 billion pounds) of wildlife from the sea every year. This has bred fear in scientists that continuing to fish at this rate may soon result in a collapse of the world’s fisheries. Sustainable fishing exists as a way for us to regulate these practices and to continue relying on the ocean as an important food source.
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