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    I'll call it a hobby/pastime that has been bastardized by money.

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    Hobby

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    It’s a business.

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    #24
    Most established true "sports" have a code of uniformity as far as equipment, playing field and whatnot to "keep a level playing field
    " so to speak. Pro fishing currently doesn't have that so you have a hodgepodge of participants that are all over the place ability wise and it's a big fustercluck. That's not a knock on either side of the aisle but that's where we're at now. It's an arms race gone awry but it certainly ain't sport. The NHL wouldn't let you skate your shift in figure skates and tights but here we are
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    #25
    My elbows are shot from too many years of fishing.

    No A-Rig for me

    I like my hobby.

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    #26
    I would call it a pastime except when fishing tournaments then it becomes a competitive pastime.
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    Itís a hobby nothing more. Guys who fish at the top level are not athletes there just fishermen like you and me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley-Maine View Post
    When my doctor asked me what I do for sports & other physical activity, told her that I bass fish. She laughed & said that does not count.

    When my doctor found out we were putting in a pool he said "that's great and really good exercise" I said "I had no idea sitting in a patio chair drinking beer was good for me."
    If professionals who's careers depend on catching fish use FFS then that's what I'm using. Might be too simple of a philosophy but makes sense to me.

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    #29
    I think by the dictionary definition it is a sport. I think it's as much as sport as golf for sure. I even see some MLB players that aren't in real peak physical condition.

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    #30
    Quote Originally Posted by dean c View Post
    It’s a business.


    Wonder if there are any opportunities for a tax write-off?

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    #32
    It requires hand-eye coordination same as golf, baseball, tennis, bowling, racing and many others activities. If they're considered sports than I'd call bass fishing a sport.

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    #33
    Itís called Sport Fishing. Some fish for sport some fish to put meat on the table.
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    #34
    Bass are a sportfish. Sportfishing is what sportfisherman do. It is spelled out for us right there in plain English long before professional bass tournaments were a thing.

    I did not see the post above me that said the same exact thing.

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    #35
    Great question............have never fished in anything but a few local tournaments and do it 4-5 times a when in full swing as a pastime, hobby, passion, fun or whatever you want to call it. It is the closest activity you can participate in which is so close to the 'pros' at time you can't tell the difference.

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    Outdoor sporting activity is my take. And I will laugh in the face of anyone who calls a professional fisherman an "athlete", including the professional fisherman- any/all of them.
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    #37
    I consider anything you pay money to participate in a hobby. Pros get paid to play pure and simple.

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    I have always said fishing tournaments are the same as poker tournaments. You put your own money on the table and you hedge it with some skill and some luck to win the other persons money. You have some players that are consistently better than others. Is it a "sport", well maybe. Is it a "professional sport", definitely not in the sense that most would define it. Anytime you put your own money on the table to play, and your winnings constitute the other persons money, it's very difficult to call it a "professional sport". Professional athletes get paid by team owners or organizations (boxing, etc) who make a profit because the product puts PAID butts in seats. Until that day comes pay-to-play games like bass tournaments are more akin to gambling than anything else. We have "Professional Gamblers" and we have "Professional Fisherman", I think those are legitimate titles. Are MLF and Bassmaster anglers "Professional Athletes" playing in a "Professional Sport"? Not to me.
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    Hobby.

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    Fishing tournaments is a sport, eye hand coordination, and the physical acumen to make precise countless cast to a target alone takes its toll, standing and working a trolling motor in all kinds of weather conditions
    it takes physical prowess to be efficient. If anyone has closely watched a pro during a tournament it becomes very clear they are athletes. Tournament fishing at the highest level takes mental and physical conditioning and an unending desire to be the best. Sounds like any other sport to me.

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