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Why fishing could be Ireland’s next big sport

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People often wonder if fishing is a real sport or not. Given that it takes skill, practice and knowledge to do well, it’s easy to see why more people than ever before are convinced it could be the next big professional sport to take off in Ireland.

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Easy to participate

Finding a place to go fishing in Ireland is not particularly difficult, as the country is filled with rivers and lakes where a wide variety of fish can be found. The relatively low equipment requirements mean that almost anyone can start fishing without much expense or delay.

There are more fishing and angling competitions in Ireland than you might think. For example, the Lough Muckno July Festival recently took place over five days, and the peloton of just 13 anglers showed us that there was room for more people to take part in events like this.

The NCFFI is the name of the body which organizes events and competitions here, including the All Ireland Cup. The NCFFI All Ireland Championships are usually held on the Sunday before the August bank holiday weekend, and this event has a history that dates back over six decades.

As for the best places to fish in the country, practitioners are spoiled for choice. This list suggests that the Great Western Loughs are best for finding wild trout in stunning natural surroundings, while the excellent variety of coastal fishing spots means that virtually nowhere is far from a good destination.

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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 movies include A River Runs Through It, which was directed by Robert Redford and gave Brad Pitt his first big lead role. It’s a sweet, subtle film that uses fishing as a metaphor for how life throws up surprises every time.

We may also see fishing-based slot games in a new online casino, where Big Bass Bonanza and several spin-off titles can be played. Other slots include Fishin’ for Gold and Alaskan Fishing, which are divided into categories such as Jackpots, Megaways, and Recent Releases. This is one of many slot machine themes that are popular now, with others allowing players to search for treasures in different parts of the world.

Fishing has also become more prominent on television in recent years, with the American series Bassmasters probably the best example. Fishing TV is a digital platform that provides access to on-demand fishing-related content on devices such as smartphones. It has channels like Carp Channel and Fly Fishing Channel, and although it’s not yet mainstream, the fact that it even exists as a subscription service suggests that the appeal of fishing is growing.

All of these factors show us that fishing has great potential as a sport in the near future, but there will always be people who simply enjoy it as a hobby instead of fishing competitively.

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