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Who Invented Fishing?

Updated on August 11, 2011

Fishing as a means of gathering food, has been a skill of humans for at least the last 40,000 years, as far as anthropologist can tell. Since the early hunter-gatherer days, our kind have been trusting in the sea for nutrient rich foods and delicacies to keep us going. There has even some proof that the very first semi-permanent human settlements were based near prime fishing spots.

As well known tool making primates, it's obvious that we humans have created and discovered some rather interesting and ingenuitive fish catching apparatuses. Spears, nets, clubs, poles, hooks, bait, traps. From ancient times to our present situations, our tackle boxes have been full of creative ways to catch fish.

So where did it all begin?

Did it start with the first fishing net? Or maybe even the first fishing pole?

Well... not exactly....

The invention of fishing is actually not something that can be credited as a human invention, at least not directly. Though in some ways, you could say that it was one of our earliest ancestors that created fishing, with a little bit of help from Mother Nature and Darwin...

That's right, the very first fishing that ever took place was in the ocean and was created by the evolutionary development of the sea-predator only known as the Angler fish. Since the time of the cretaceous period, the angler fish has been using a living fishing pole that comes off the top of it's head, to lure in it's prey. Once the the prey takes the fake worm-like bait, the angler fish reels it in and gobbles it up.

So there it is, the Angler fish was the first to truly get an angle on fishing. Can you believe that a fish was the first to invent fishing?


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    4 years ago

    thank you i did not know

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    6 years ago

    very cool my boy javon and darrel are black :O

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    6 years ago

    sum fish names can be words the are not spelled crocctly but makes sience like sacmigar fish a cleaner fish wich make all of the allgee go away in a fish tank. helthy for every tank. i am the fish that wrote this.

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    7 years ago

    very cool

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    7 years ago from Upstate New York

    Very cool. I didn't know this. Thanks for the hub.

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    7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Nature will show the way, as usual, Thanks,


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    James W. Nelson 

    7 years ago from eastern North Dakota

    Very cool hub, BizGenGirl. Thank you.


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