Angling for everyone message promoted in Fermoy
Thursday last was a throwback to the good old days of coarse angling in Fermoy as famed Barnane hummed with fishing related activity. Every 'beat' was taken up and critically the fish were biting. On closer inspection it was evident that side by side with seasoned anglers were novices trying their hand for the first time.
According to Chris 'Kipper' O'Donovan, the objective was to broaden the appeal of angling to those who might otherwise not get a chance to experience the delights of this ancient pursuit. A particularly warm welcome was extended to wheelchair users and those with special needs. Chris, who operates a wheelchair accessible boat on the Blackwater, was delighted with how things went.
"We've the support of the Angling Council of Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland for this project and we've also brought Enable Ireland, COPE and another local group FACE on board. For a lot of people this is their first time baiting a hook, casting and for the lucky ones, catching a fish. You can seen how much they are enjoying it," Chris said.
There was no denying Chris's observation as faces lit up following the unmistakable tug that signalled a catch. Trout and dace were taken with all fish being returned to the river unharmed.
Chris said the initiative was a great success and had the potential to be expanded further.
Friday 28th June 9:36am