Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 5/31/05
Sport Fishermen Cry Foul
By, Grey Sports
During the last, desperate gasps of the extreme sporting craze many new
ideas came about that probably could have used a little more thought than
what the initially received.
Motor Snooker, Freeway Hopscotch, British Cooking, all of these ended
shortly after beginning, mostly because those who attempted these events
died during play, normally before the first game was even finished.
A few cling on, despite a lack of support, notoriety or even clearly defined
rules, Extreme Sport Fishing is now one of them.
At first people thought that Extreme Sport Fishing would just be like
Sport Fishing, except with leather jackets, loud promotions by beverage
manufacturers. Alas it was not to be.
Extreme Sport Fishing was a one on one battle of wits and equipment between
an angler and a fish. Normally held in a confined area, such as a dammed
off section of river of pool-style arena it was generally considered that
the fish held the advantage in wits while the angler had the equipment.
While this sport has largely collapsed it has also done something few
other extreme sports have, that is merge with its parent event.
Sport Fishing now encompasses the original and Extreme forms. This not
good because one of the last ditch efforts to invigorate the Extreme version
of the event was to equip the fish. Not that this made the event any more
fair, the move was to make things more interesting. After all, there are
only so many times one can watch a fisher with all the latest equipment
be outsmarted by a fish. After the first five matches the only time anyone
paid attention to the sport was where a fish managed to start a fire underwater.
Experts are still trying to figure that one out.
However while the Extreme version of the sport may be dying out it is
the original that is suffering. Fish have had a taste of power and are
now unwilling to surrender it.
Now everyday anglers, from the serious to the contemplative must concern
themselves with the distinct possibility that one of the fish they may
encounter is a hardened veteran with the knowledge to use his environment
to maximum effect.
And so those with a passion for fishing everywhere are up in arms, demanding
the same Green Beret training that the fish received and are now passing
on in successive generations.
Others, less patient for official support have taken firearms along with
them, hoping to at last be able to defend themselves. The result has been
a lot of shot feet.
Until this matter is closed, in one form or another, fishing enthusiasts
everywhere are being warned to take care in rivers and streams, and never
travel in groups of less than seven on large, open bodies of water.