Florida Fish Busters’ BulletinMay 2013
Angler-recognition programs enhance pleasure
By Bob Wattendorf
Anglers of all ages enjoy showing off theircatch and recalling the memories. In fact, that’spretty much been the case for all historical ”ages”as well. For instance, Chinese anglers used bamboorods, reels and silk lines in 3,000 B.C., and one canimagine their pride in a big catch. Egyptian art,from the age of the Pharoahs, shows hook-and-linefishing not only for food but for pleasure and seemsto proudly document their prowess. “The Compleat Angler - or - the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,” by Izaak Walton, published inEngland in 1655, boasted of the comparative size of catches between streams.Thaddeus Norris in “The American Angler” (1864) referred to the need forconservation and describes techniques for catching the biggest and best fish. At least 46 of the 50 states have an angler recognition program to enhanceangler enjoyment and satisfaction, increase participation rates, attain fisheries dataand increase license sales. Nearly 75 percent of the states require a photo todocument the catch and more than half require use of a certified scale. Almost allprovide a customized certificate. A few also offer rewards (three states provide
Terrence Alford caught this 14 lb, 2 ozbass in April from Doctors Lake.