For some guys, it's not about the biggest fish you catch, but the smallest.
Since people first started fishing, the goal has always been to catch the biggest fish. However, it seems the times are changing and now micro-fishing is starting to gain traction across the country. In this niche genre of fishing, the idea is to catch the smallest fish you can catch while still using a hook.
This may sound simple enough, but there are some rather small species of fish across North America that most just brush off as bait. It's these fish that micro-fishing covets.
For example, check out this video showing a technique to chase down bluntnose minnows, striped shiners and creek chubs in Indiana.
So, do you have what it takes to downsize to that level and get down on tiny fish? According to science, most fish in the U.S. are darters and minnows that are less than four inches long. Trout fishermen like to talk bout how beautiful the fish are that they chase. However, some micro-fish blow even trout away when it comes to colors and actual beauty of fish.
Sort of like birdwatching, the real prize is finding different species not commonly seen. For micro-fishing, the same holds true only that these anglers are looking for variety. Even though some of these fish are small compared to sport fish standards, they may be trophies for the species.
I don't know if something like this could make me get out of bed in the morning, but if the fishing was slow one day, perhaps I could give micro-fishing a shot.
What about you?