fishing vs sportfishing what difference

what is difference between fishing and sportfishing



  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪʃɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃɪŋ
  • Homophone: phishing

Etymology 1

From Middle English fischynge, equivalent to fish +‎ -ing.


fishing (countable and uncountable, plural fishings)

  1. (uncountable) The act of catching fish.
    We had a good day’s fishing at the weekend.
  2. (uncountable, informal) The act of catching other forms of seafood, separately or together with fish.
  3. (uncountable) Commercial fishing: the business or industry of catching fish and other seafood for sale.
    This is good news for the fishing industry.
  4. (countable) A fishery, a place for catching fish.
    • the rent of the fishings
    • 1917, The Scots Law Times (volume 2, page 190)
      Generally speaking, the only fishings which appear separately in Valuation Rolls as having a lettable value in their actual state from year to year are salmon-fishings.
  • (act): piscatology, piscation, piscicide (pejorative), piscicapture, the gentle craft
  • (business): fishery, the fish industry, the seafood industry
  • (sport): sportfishing
  • (place): See fishery
See also
  • (adj): See fishing
  • (adv): halieutically
  • (science): halieutics, piscatology
  • (writing on fishing): halieutics, piscatory

See also

  • piscatorious, piscatory, piscatorial, piscatorical, piscatorian; piscatorially

Etymology 2

From fish +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of fish
Derived terms


Alternative forms

  • sport fishing

Etymology 1

sport +‎ fishing


sportfishing (uncountable)

  1. fishing for pleasure or competition, as opposed to commercial fishing


Etymology 2

See sportfish



  1. present participle of sportfish

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