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I think this would be hard to make a sport. Especially since you need a lot of expensive gear which many countries would have a hard time coming up with and even places to fish. A lot of bass in Croatia?

 

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2016/10/19/fishing-to-become-olympic-sport.html

 

 

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Fishing to become an Olympic sport?

 

By Kris Millgate

 Published October 19, 2016

 

Skateboarding and climbing are Olympic bound, so why not fishing?

*** reports the Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive is trying to hook the International Olympic Committee on a catch and release event for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Several other sports are vying for podium time at the games because the IOC is after innovative ways to draw in a younger audience. Surfing, baseball, and softball round out the five extra events in Tokyo so far.

The Confederation, whose goal is to promote all activities in touch with fishing from a sporting point of view, says fishing’s ancient system is fair and competitive as a sport. It’s unclear what the target species would be.

Critics claim it’s boring to watch and will rely too much on luck.

Anglers unofficially reached Olympic heights in the Paris games, but that was back in 1900 and no winner was recorded.

 

 

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there is no international fishing tour or competitions really.  Not to mention the hosting country would have a crazy advantage and a common species throughout the world is not easy to find.  

Skateboarding and climbing already have international appeal and a popular, albeit niche, fan base.  Fishing, not so much.

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I enjoy fishing,but fishing should never be a Olympic Sport.Olympic sports are physically demanding sports that you have to be a athlete to succeed in(you have to be in great shape for these sports, unlike fishing).I much rather see Rock Climbing in the next Olympic games than fishing.

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It seems to me it is an ignorant thought by people who probably know nothing about tournament fishing.  Just my opinion.

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Not all tournament fishing is about bass. European match fishing tournaments are about total weight of all species caught.  The Elite pros would get their rear ends kicked by the top anglers in Europe fishing those tournaments.  No bass boats, no electronics, all bank fishing. Not much cost involved. 

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Not a fan of this idea at all since winning isn't completely determined by the person (as in the fish have to play too).  If KVD finishes first in 1 tournament and 80th in another tournament, and in both tournaments he's 100% healthy and fishing in peak form, that's too much chance and circumstance coming into play. I can't think of a single Olympic sport right now where a champion could finish first at one event than finish 80th at another a couple of weeks later.

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If synchronized swimming is an Olympic event then fishing can be an event.  Not to mention curling or whatever its called.  Let fishing be an Olympic event.  Its all a money grab from a corrupt organization anyway. 

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 Olympic sport fishing. How many categories? Winter ice fishing using rods & reels and another using spears. Summer games with off shore big game fish, coastal surf fishing, fresh water bass, trout, walleye, musky, pike, crappie, wiper, striper and various bream, combined, team, individual categories using the MLF format?

As you can quickly determine fishing has too many elements for a sport to be considered multi national Olympic venue.

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I don't believe fishing is an olympic sport in any way , shape or form .. way too many outside variables to consider and out of the athlete's control. Although , if they include quaffing copious amounts of alcohol and witty banter .. i might tune in.   Maybe if no boats allowed, bank beaters using artificial lures only...run 10 miles , bank fish for 15min in pre-determined beats, mandatory lure/rod change between beats...oh , and you have to carry all your gear. 

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18 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Olympic sports are physically demanding sports that you have to be a athlete to succeed in(you have to be in great shape for these sports, unlike fishing).

 

Have you seen curling? 

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19 hours ago, soflabasser said:

I enjoy fishing,but fishing should never be a Olympic Sport.Olympic sports are physically demanding sports that you have to be a athlete to succeed in(you have to be in great shape for these sports, unlike fishing).I much rather see Rock Climbing in the next Olympic games than fishing.

They put golf in. Which to me ws a bad idea but that's for a different topic.  Golf requires similar physical and mental stamina as fishing.  Actually I'd venture that the two sports are very comparable on many levels.  

I think darts should be in the Olympics!  Ever see those fellers across the pond Chuck them things.  Impressive.

 

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9 hours ago, Scott F said:

European match fishing tournaments are about total weight of all species caught.  The Elite pros would get their rear ends kicked by the top anglers in Europe fishing those tournaments.  No bass boats, no electronics, all bank fishing. Not much cost involved. 

I much rather see a fishing competition where anglers complete for total weight of several species of fish caught from land than see a competition where anglers are on a boat with electronics.

1 hour ago, Jar11591 said:

 

Have you seen curling? 

I have,I don't plan on practicing that sport,but it does require more athletic ability than most forms of fishing. 

54 minutes ago, Rick Howard said:

They put golf in. Which to me ws a bad idea but that's for a different topic.  Golf requires similar physical and mental stamina as fishing.  Actually I'd venture that the two sports are very comparable on many levels.  

I think darts should be in the Olympics!  Ever see those fellers across the pond Chuck them things.  Impressive.

 

I guess fishing has a chance at being a Olympic sport if golf made it into the Olympic games...do they use golf carts instead of walking the course?

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2 hours ago, Jar11591 said:

 

Have you seen curling? 

Yes I have, those guys rub the ice like crazy, it may not look fun but it is physically demanding.

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22 hours ago, soflabasser said:

I enjoy fishing,but fishing should never be a Olympic Sport.Olympic sports are physically demanding sports that you have to be a athlete to succeed in(you have to be in great shape for these sports, unlike fishing).I much rather see Rock Climbing in the next Olympic games than fishing.

Have you ever heard Gerald Swindle talk about when doctors monitored his body during a 9 hour tournament?

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21 hours ago, soflabasser said:

I enjoy fishing,but fishing should never be a Olympic Sport.Olympic sports are physically demanding sports that you have to be a athlete to succeed in(you have to be in great shape for these sports, unlike fishing).I much rather see Rock Climbing in the next Olympic games than fishing.

Curlers are athletes and require being more in shape than a pro fisherman? Do you even fish bro? Lol 

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Too many variables to be an Olympic sport.  It could never, for the same reason hunting could never be.  

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19 minutes ago, Advantage said:

Curlers are athletes and require being more in shape than a pro fisherman? Do you even fish bro? Lol 

Got a couple double digit bass along with several species of BIG saltwater gamefish,and I don't see those catches compare to what a gymnast does or a sprinter can do.Sorry but some sports are much more challenging than others...anyone can fish,regardless of athletic ability 

33 minutes ago, everythingthatswims said:

Have you ever heard Gerald Swindle talk about when doctors monitored his body during a 9 hour tournament?

  Meh 

Can he run a full marathon?

Run the 100 meter dash at a decent speed?

Swim for a couple hours or at least swim fast?

I am very fond of bass fishing, but bass fishing does not compare to Track and Field, Swimming, Weightlifting, and other extremely physically demanding sports. 

 

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19 minutes ago, Master Bait'r said:

Too many variables to be an Olympic sport.  It could never, for the same reason hunting could never be.  

^^This^^

Any fisherman can get "lucky" and win a tournament while another skilled fisherman loses.It happens all the time.The Country hosting the event will have a HUGE advantage over the other competitors from other countries.

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9 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

Got a couple double digit bass along with several species of BIG saltwater gamefish,and I don't see those catches compare to what a gymnast does or a sprinter can do.Sorry but some sports are much more challenging than others...anyone can fish,regardless of their athletic ability. 

Meh 

Can he run a full marathon?

Run the 100 meter dash at  decent speed?

Swim for a couple hours or at least swim fast?

I love bass fishing, but bass fishing does not compare to Track and Field, Swimming, Weightlifting, and other extremely physically demanding sports. 

  16 minutes ago, Advantage said:

 

Curlers are athletes and require being more in shape than a pro fisherman? Do you even fish bro? Lol 

 

Got a couple double digit bass along with several species of BIG saltwater gamefish,and I don't see those catches compare to what a gymnast does or a sprinter can do.Sorry but some sports are much more challenging than others...anyone can fish,regardless of their athletic ability. 

 

Meh 

 

Can he run a full marathon?

 

Run the 100 meter dash at  decent speed?

 

Swim for a couple hours or at least swim fast?

 

I am very fond of bass fishing, but bass fishing does not compare to Track and Field, Swimming, Weightlifting, and other extremely physically demanding sports. 

 

Have you ever fished all day long (8+ hrs) standing on 1 leg while running a trolling motor with the other while making hundreds to even thousands of casts while a boat is rocking and rolling in 2 ft white caps from heavy boat traffic and 20 to 30 mph winds? There ain't no Curler I've seen that can or would do that...in 100* F heat or in 20* F cold. Don't care who ya are...by the end of that day you are beat and sore. I'm not talking about the sitting on the bank in a lawn chair drowning nightcrawlers while drinking beer for an hour or two kind of fishin bub.

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6 minutes ago, Advantage said:

Have you ever fished all day long (8+ hrs) standing on 1 leg while running a trolling motor with the other while making hundreds to even thousands of casts while a boat is rocking and rolling in 2 ft white caps from heavy boat traffic and 20 to 30 mph winds? There ain't no Curler I've seen that can or would do that...in 100* F heat or in 20* F cold. Don't care who ya are...by the end of that day you are beat and sore. I'm not talking about the sitting on the bank in a lawn chair drowning nightcrawlers while drinking beer for an hour or two kind of fishin bub.

8hrs,that's it? Man I do that all the time both on a boat and on land in +90 degree heat and it still doesn't compare to what Olympic athletes can do. 2 foot waves is nothing,  I have fished in +10 foot seas, still  doesn't compare to what Olympic athletes do.

Olympic Sports should be extremely physically challenging,  not easy like most forms of fishing.

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3 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

8hrs,that's it? Man I do that all the time both on a boat and on land in +90 degree heat and it still doesn't compare to what Olympic athletes can do. 2 foot waves is nothing,  I have fished in +10 foot seas, still  doesn't compare to what Olympic athletes do.

Olympic Sports should be extremely physically challenging,  not easy like most forms of fishing.

Then why is the sport of Curling in the Olympics? Or Golf? Or Ping Pong? Shall I go on with unaltheletic sports? There's plenty of sports in the Olympics that don't require running a sub 10 second 100 meters or jumping over 7 ft, etc etc. 

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No golf carts but someone else carries the bag!  Fishing is more physically demanding than golf if someone else is carrying the bag or your using a cart.  If you carry the bag for 18 holes your pretty tired but still less taxing than a day of fishng.

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19 minutes ago, Rick Howard said:

No golf carts but someone else carries the bag!  Fishing is more physically demanding than golf if someone else is carrying the bag or your using a cart.  If you carry the bag for 18 holes your pretty tired but still less taxing than a day of fishng.

Archery? Trap shooting? Lots of unatheletic sports in the Olympics. Way more than the 3 or 4 sports they show on ABC. Lol

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3 hours ago, Rick Howard said:

No golf carts but someone else carries the bag!  Fishing is more physically demanding than golf if someone else is carrying the bag or your using a cart.  If you carry the bag for 18 holes your pretty tired but still less taxing than a day of fishng.

At least they are walking to each hole instead of driving to each one.They are still getting some exercise with all that walking, much more exercise than sitting on a chair on a boat for a couple hours. I don't play golf often but I know it's far more difficult to hit a golf ball accurately than make a cast with a fishing rod.

4 hours ago, Raul said:

Yes I have, those guys rub the ice like crazy, it may not look fun but it is physically demanding.

They even have to get in a very low squat position which is something not everyone can do. Got to have some decent endurance/ flexibility to do well in Curling. 

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