Fishing has become a popular entertaining activity in many parts of the world, as well as a way to simply catch food for trade and consumption. In the western world especially, devoted fishing events and camps are often held among anglers, so that people can enjoy their favourite activity in a communal and spirited atmosphere. Fishing events can either be societal or competitive in nature, and sometimes involve other activities such as walking and camping. The organised fishing events are also competitions, and are also known as fishing tournaments or derbys. Garden lights and other special outdoor lighting is significant in these competitions to ensure that people can enjoy their early morning and night time fishing in a protected and well lit environment.
Fishing competitions can take a number of forms, and can be held in a number of places; including the edges of oceans, lakes, rivers, and ice covered bodies of water. The only types of fishing events that are not competitive in nature in general take place among friends, as anglers normally do not like to share their fish with anyone they do not have to. Customarily, fishing competitions take place on a lake or other type of restricted water body, so that people have a common goal and the same conditions to deal with. However, the Internet has given mount to competitions that can take place in numerous water bodies at the same time, with the real time online posting of results used to rank competitors despite of their location.
People often desire to fish in the early morning before sunrise, and late at night after sunset, due to an improved chance of catching fish at these times. In a competition surroundings, where there are lots of anglers attractive to the water at the equal time, it is very important to have adequate lighting conditions to ensure safety. Anglers are well known for their self reliance, and usually need to bring their own hooks, bait, rods, and lighting to fishing events and competitions. However, insurance concerns and an increased focus on safety means that more organisers are starting to take responsibility for public lighting at the larger fishing events around the world.