Anglers are floating the idea of fishing becoming an Olympic sport.
They are casting about for support for its official inclusion in the summer Games but not everyone is taking the bait.
Fishermen are hook, line and sinker in favour of having anglers going for gold in freshwater, sea, fly and sport angling.
And with an estimated three million Britons casting a line each year, we could land a whopping medal haul.
Over the water, the Rome-based Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive, representing 50 million anglers in 70 countries, is making the bid.
President Ferenc Szalay said the sport’s “ancient and fair competition system” perfectly match the Olympic ideals.
Fish caught in competition would be returned to the water unharmed.
England’s carp team has been British, European and World champions and manager Rob Hughes said: “We are one of the biggest if not the biggest participation sports in the country. We are pretty good so, in terms of medals, I think we would do really well at the Olympics.”
He said the sport is keen to get away from its unfair, slightly lazy image.
He said: “There is an element of physicality and competition especially in casting – and you have to be fit.
“The England team has to be strong, we look at diet and a proper training regime. There is a real pride in what we do.”
But Times fishing correspondent Brian Clarke is yet to be hooked by the Olympic dream. He warned: “As a spectator sport it would make watching paint dry seem a white-knuckle ride. Clare Balding would be able to contain herself.”
He said the Olympic motto, of “Faster, Higher, Stronger” would not apply and it would be impossible to find a water fair for all competitors.
Former Olympic decathlete turned TV angling commentator Dean Macey believes fishing should be in the Games.
He said: “Millions of people across the world go fishing, why shouldn’t it form part of the planet’s biggest sporting event?”
Mr Szalay added: “We have very accurate and strict rules concerning the venues’ characteristics, to ensure the equal or close to equal chances for every competitor.”
Meanwhile English Heritage is campaigning for jousting to be added as an exhibition event.
Tug of war was an Olympic event from 1900 to 1920, with Great Britain winning gold in 1908 and 1920.
Surf’s up in Games
Angling is the latest in a series of sports bidding for Olympic status as part of bosses’ plans to modernise the programme and attract a younger audience.
Five new sports – surfing, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding and sports climbing – will be part of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee’s 90 members backed the executive board’s recommendation to admit the newcomers, which will add 470 athletes and 18 new events.
The decision is another vote of confidence for IOC president Thomas Bach’s Olympic Agenda 2020 plan to shake off the old-fashioned image of the Games.
Fishing was last part of the Olympics in the 1900 Paris games. It was an unofficial sport and there is no record of the medal winners. Only six nations, including the hosts France, took part.