Naked Fishing and Outdoor Activities
Recreational fishing is generally done
with a (fishing rod) and line with any number of Lures or bait this is a
technique known as angling. Laws exist that limit the number of lines and hooks
that one fisherman can use and the number of fish that can be harvested. Popular
sport species of freshwater fish include Black Bass (Black Bass includes the
entire range of Bass fish), Pike, Muskellunge, Perch, Trout, Salmon, and
Sunfish. Saltwater fish that are caught for sport include Swordfish, Marlin,
Laws generally prohibit the use of nets and catching fish with hooks not in the
mouth. However some species can be taken with nets for bait and a few for food.
(Non-sport) fish considered of less value can sometimes be taken by multiple
methods like snagging, bow and arrow, or even gun because they are seen as
competing with more valuable fish.
Recreational fishing laws also include other aquatic species, such as frogs and
Sport fishing is a recent phenomenon of recreational fishing where fishermen
compete for prizes based on the total weight of fish caught in a time limit.
This sport evolved from local fishing contests into a large competition circuit
in the U.S.A. where professional fishermen can compete and be supported by
professional endorsements, and other large-scale tournaments around the world.
A statue of a well endowed, naked fisherman has caused some raised eyebrows
after it was displayed in the centre of Chepstow.
The Boatman was designed to reflect the town's
industrial heritage but his naked form has caused some criticism.
Former shipyard worker, Marion Carter, said the
statue was an "insult to fishermen".
But the town's mayor said no formal complaints
had been made about the sculpture.
The statue, which has been erected on a plinth
in the centre of the town, is part of a £2m regeneration project, which many
living in the area said was well overdue.
But Ms Carter said that the naked statue was
not an appropriate figure to represent the town's past.
"The fisherman was always dressed, he had a cap
on and a waterproof coat. I mean it sounds a bit dangerous to go out fishing
naked," she said.
"I'm not narrow-minded but it just doesn't
blend in with the rest of the town."
"None of the older residents like it at all."
But Chepstow Mayor, Phil Hobson said that the
council had not received any formal complaints about the bronze sculpture.
Although he did admit to being aware that a "a
few people are a bit upset".
But, he said: "It seems to me people are
suddenly getting quite attached to it.
"Everyone is talking about it and in that
regard it is very successful."
And his comments were supported by many in the
town on Monday.
Elaine Watson approved of the statue and said:
"I think he is beautiful. I'm not offended by him at all," Elaine said.
John Lacy, a financial advisor for Moon and Co
Estate Agents which is directly opposite the statue said that he had no problem
with the sculpture.
"If it brings a bit of controversy, well that
is great for Chepstow because it will bring people in to have a look," he said.
"I haven't got a problem with it at all."
Shopper Claire Mason said that she hadn't
thought about whether the nudity of the statue was appropriate or not and said:
"It isn't going to make me run in the opposite direction."
While Clare Robertson added: "It is fine - it
is art. And at the end of the day it looks great with all the work they have
been doing here."
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