As humans, we need sustenance in order for us to survive. In the times of our ancestors, they needed to be creative and quick with their decisions. Looking for something edible in the middle of the wilderness is already difficult even with tools. Foraging can help you survive for a while, but we have evolving needs. Our ancestors recognized this as well, so they tried to find another source of food. Animals seemed to be a great choice since most of them are in the wild. However, most of these animals will not go down without a fight. Although they are bigger and thus have more meat, they can be really dangerous. This is why some tribes tend to stay near water sources for two main reasons: water and fish.
Even though fish can be slippery and evasive on water, they are relatively harmless. Aside from the poisonous and sharp-toothed ones, most of them just swim on water doing their business. This is why they are prime prey for us humans: they are relatively easy to catch. As time went by, humans have learned to grow crops and domesticate animals. There was no reason to domesticate fish and it is difficult to train them as well unlike dogs and cattle. On the other hand, people learned to breed and build farms around these fish. It has been a booming business over the centuries of human existence, even though there are issues around the ethical harvesting of fish.
There is a reason why fish is a staple food in many countries especially in marine-rich areas. Eating fish is actually good for you. Most fish contain iodine, which helps in preventing goiter amongst us. Some fatty fish like salmon have omega-rich vitamins and vitamin D, which are good for your heart health. It is also the only good source of vitamin D aside from early morning sunlight, so be sure to eat some fish at least twice a week to gain the benefits. Just make sure that the fish that you are eating is actually fresh. Learn more about eating fish by visiting this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-health-benefits-of-fish.
Now, that we have discussed how important fish is to our daily diet, now where can you get them fresh? A lot of groceries offer fresh fish already, but some of them are only labelled like that. In reality, some of them are actually frozen and has lost the important nutrients and even taste. You need to go to the wet markets to find the freshest fish. Know the fishmongers and check where they got the fish. Wild fish is always better in taste than the ones harvested from a farm, but it can also contribute to the depletion of the fish populations in the ocean.
However, if you would really like to taste the freshest fish, why don’t you try fishing yourself? There are a lot of parks with rivers, ponds, or lakes that offer fishing along with other amenities. If you have your own piece of land which is near a body of water, then lucky you. All you need is fishing equipment that can handle the fish living near your location. The million dollar question is: how do you choose the best equipment? We’re here to help you out with a few tips:
Always go to a shop that specializes in fishing gear.
We cannot stress this enough for anyone who wants to enter into this activity. Fishing isn’t like any other hobby that you can do pretty much anytime and anywhere. It needs a tad bit of preparation, which includes the gear. If you want to go shop for something, always go to a fishing gear shop instead of your local mall. They would usually have much better equipment and the sellers really know what you need. If you will just go to a typical general market or store, chances are the equipment sold there are subpar and do not meet the actual standards of quality. They may also be of a higher price than those in the specialized shops.
Check out some review sites on the internet.
If you cannot find any fishing gear store near your area, you can always check online. There are tons of stores that sell these equipment and they can also deliver it right to your home. If you also want to see the best equipment, you can check out review sites. For example, you can check out fishing tackle comparisons at ProFishingGearReviews. This may help you decide what to get in just a short period of time. Always remember however, to only get the information from reliable sources. Get to know their website and see the reviews of other people so that you may get some insight from the company.
Any kind of equipment needs a checkup.
No matter where you purchased your fishing equipment, always check if they are in working condition. You might think that fishing is such a relaxing activity that you cannot hurt yourself. That is true, but nothing is relaxing when the fish that you are trying to pull out of the water actually pulls you into the depths instead. Poor equipment quality does this to you and any kind of accident may happen. Always check for some missing parts, malfunctioning rods and pulls, and other stuff.
Ask a professional to guide you.
You can always do fishing on your own or with friends who are as inexperienced as you. However, it is so much better to have someone around who knows what he or she is doing. Catching fish is not as easy as you think, and these people can guide you through the ropes. They can also see if your fishing area is actually good enough to fish. Also, they might know which fish is ready to eat or edible as there are some species that can poison you if you are not careful. If you have him or her around, then you have no worries about your first fishing experience.
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