An Octopus, Aberdeen, and Treble are examples of which type of sporting equipment?

And the answer: fishing hooks.

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There are dozens of different types of hooks used for fishing. Determining which kind to use depends on the type of fish in the water, the type of bait used, and the experience level of the person fishing.

The sport of catching fish has been around as long as humans have known to take to the sea. Hieroglyphics of Egyptian fishing date back to around 2000 BCE, while mentions of fishing can be found in ancient Greek, Assyrian, Roman, and Jewish writings. Today, fishing is a widely practiced sport and recreational activity.

The rise in motorized boats has greatly changed the fishing game, whether it be for sport, fun, or even survival. More specifically, motorized boating has lead to a rise in big-game fishing, which includes angling (another word for fishing) for tuna, marlin, swordfish and even shark. In 1939, the International Game Fish Association was formed to promote and regulate the practice of big-game fishing. The association now supervises big fishing competitions, and even promotes scientific study of endangered species through tagging and tracking of re-released fish. There are a number of other regulatory institutions within the United States, all of which are overseen by the governmental agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Together, these agencies protect wildlife while supporting the sport of fishing.

At the beginning of the 21st century, fishing for sport thrived in the United States. In fact, it's estimated that about 40 million Americans spent at least a day fishing per year. The sport fishing industry has brought in billions to the US economy, and though there is less ability to access public fishing sites in Europe and the UK, it maintains its popularity a widely practices sport across the world.  

Learn more about the long, fascinating history of fishing here.


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