Re: ELITISM IN ANGLING
I also consider myself to be a pleasure angler and after returning to the sport after an absence of some 30 years I was somewhat suprised how things have changed. Some for the better some I am not too sure about.
I have noticed the increase in peope who wish to fish for target species , and all I can say is good luck to them and as long as they enjoy their sport , I for one will not stand in judgement.
Fishing is certainly a sport where for me there is not a one size fits all solution,one of the things I am pleased to see however is there is great choice of waters for all , whether it be the specimen focused angler who may spend hours day and night in search of his quarry , a matchman with a focus on bagging up a big weight , or just like myself a pleasure angler who takes whatever comes his way and fishes purely for relaxation.
I have had no experience of Elitism , only great conversations with fellow anglers , I find it interesting to hear their perspectives and their good and bad luck tales , something we can all relate to.
I am sure if I looked had enough I would find evidence perhaps of Elitism , for me I will continue to enjoy my fishing and the relaxation it brings and let each to their own.