Fishing is an extremely ancient activity. The archeological materials prove that our ancestors had already invented fishhooks made of bones to go hing in the Neolithic Age. Fishing is a game to mould a person's temperament and make Nm delighted, and it can also bring about a kind of enjoyment of pure beauty.
As far as flshing Is concerned, Jiang Taigong must be mentioned because he may be rated as the most famous fisher in Chinese history. The story happened in the late years of the Shang dynasty. Jiang Taigong sang while he was fishing on the Wei River, but the hook he used was straight. The looker-on was curious about it, and Jiang Taigong explained, "I would like to take honestly rather than to plead for with the knees down. I fish not for the fish but for the nobility". In the end, he "fished" King Wen of Zhou and was appointed as the Prime Minister. We can team that the meaning of Jiang Taigong's fishing is quite different from the real fishing used to mould a person's temperament. According to the relevant materials and the legend, Jiang Taigong went fishing when he failed completely. Besides, his purpose of fishing was to wait for King Wen of Zhou, so that he could realize his ambition to support Zhou State and destroy Shang State.
In the history of China, those who achieve their successes by fishing are numerable because fishing is not only to cheat the fish but the people, of whom the representatives are Long Yangjun in the Period of Spring and Autumn and the Warring States and Yuan Shikai in the Republic of China who was the arch usurper of state power.
According to "Tactics in The Warring States. The Tactics of Wei State", Long Yangjun was the boy concubine of the King of Wei and also the most famous gay in the history of China. He took great pains in order to have the monopolized favor from the King of Wei. Once he fished together with the King of Wei on the same boat. When they fished for a little white, Long Yangjun burst out crying quite unaccountably. The King asked him why. With the time and again inquiries Long Yangjun told him, " Just now I fished a smaller fish and I was very happy. After a while I got a bigger one, and I was much happier and forgot the smaller one. So I think of myself and I am worried whether your Majesty would forget me when you meet a better man." When hearing this, the king of wei vowed he would not change his love for him and exhorted the people around If anyone dared to recommend any beauty to Nm, he would be punished by killing all his kin and relatives In this way, Long Yangjun strengthened his position as a monopolized favor cleverly by fishing.
The fishing of Yuan Shikai is more deceitful. In the later years of the Qing dynasty, Yuan Shikai, who was once In charge of the massive forces and disclosed the plans of the Emperor Guangxu, was forced to take off his armour, return to the land and recuperate in his hometown in Henan because of the sensitivity of the governors after the death of Mother of the emperor, Cixi and the Emperor Guangxu. However, the ambitious Yuan Shikai was not willing to retire from the political stage and constantly communicated with his old followers in order to resume his former position. Meanwhile, in order to avoid being know his conspiracy by the Qing government and persecuted more, he fished every day beside a lake with an alpine rush and a rod, which made him look like a real fisher completely. When the Qing government knew he fished only, it loosened up watch on him. When the Revolution of 1911 broke out, Yuan Shikai demanded exorbitantly from the Qing Government with his power and influence in the army, usurped the victory fruit of the Revolution of 1911 and granted himself the title Emperor Hongxian.
Nowadays, fishing is a world competitive game. The World Fishing Organiza-ion was set up in 1952, which started the world fishing championship. In 1983, he Fishing Association was founded in China. There are two ways in the modern shing competition. One is to compete the amount of fishing. The other is to compete the distance of the fishing hook while it is thrown out.