Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to, at least, the beginning of the Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago 70-271.Isotopic analysis of the skeletal remains of Tianyuan man, a 40,000 year old modern human from eastern Asia 70-272, has shown that he regularly consumed freshwater fish.Archaeology features such as shell middens 70-284,discarded fish bones and cave paintings show that sea foods were important for survival and consumed in significant quantities 70-285.
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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954