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People often debate whether fishing is a real sport. Given that it takes skill, practice and knowledge to do well, it’s easy to see why more people than ever are convinced that it could be the next big professional sport in Ireland.
Easy to participate
Finding somewhere to fish in Ireland isn’t particularly difficult, as the country is full of rivers and lakes where plenty of fish can be found. The relatively low requirement for equipment means that almost anyone can start fishing without much expense or delay.
There are more fishing and angling competitions around Ireland than you might think. For example, the Lough Mucknoe July Festival was recently held over five days and a field of just 13 anglers showed us that there is scope for more people to take part in such events.
NCFFI is the organization that organizes events and competitions here, including the All Ireland Cup The NCFFI All Ireland Championship is usually held on the Sunday before the August bank holiday weekend and the event’s history spans over six decades.
As one of the best fishing spots in the country, those taking up the sport are spoiled for choice. This list suggests that the Great Western Lakes are the best for finding wild trout in a magnificent natural setting, while the excellent variety of coastal fishing spots means virtually nowhere is far from a good destination.
Fishing in popular culture
The presence of fishing in popular culture is another factor that suggests that fishing may become a bigger sport than it currently is. Fishing films include A River Runs Through It, which was directed by Robert Redford and gave Brad Pitt his first major leading role. It’s a gentle, subtle film that uses fishing as a metaphor for the way life surprises us from time to time.
We can also see fishing-based slot games in a new online casino, where Big Bass Bonanza and several spin-off titles can be played. Fish for Gold and Alaskan Fishing are among other slots, which are divided into categories such as Jackpot, MegaWay and Recent Releases. This is one of the many different slot themes that are popular right now, while others allow players to search for treasure in different parts of the world
The American series Bassmasters has become more prominent on fishing TV in the last few years with perhaps the best example. Fishing TV is a digital platform that provides access to on-demand content related to fishing on devices such as smartphones. It has channels such as the Carp Channel and the Fly Fishing Channel and although it may not be mainstream yet the fact that it even exists as a subscription service suggests that fishing appeal is growing.
All these factors show us that fishing has great potential as a sport in the near future, but there will always be people who enjoy fishing as a hobby rather than on a competitive basis.
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