Fishing Project teaches budding young anglers the skills they need for sea fishing


A project in Penzance has given budding young anglers, aged between 9 and 19, the knowledge and skills they need to confidently and safely enjoy sea fishing.

The Fishing Project, in association with Angling-School CIC and Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT), was set up to highlight the potential risks of sea fishing and to encourage fun, safe practice so that young people are more aware and informed of the dangers to avoid if they go fishing alone.

In addition to learning about safety, the youngsters were taught the basic principles of tackling up, how to identify the different types of fish found in local waters, and the appropriate baits to use.

Boy FishingThe project was a real success with five of the six participants completing a Youth Cornwall Award for Sports and Fitness as recognition of their achievements. Two of the participants have since gone on to join the Mounts Bay Angling Society Juniors and one of them, Michael Matthews, aged 15, is now Vice-Chair of the Society.

Michael, from Penzance, said: “I took part in the project because a good friend of mine had been to Mounts Bay Angling Society before and told me about it. I wanted to learn some more about fishing and thought it would be good, so we went along together and it was even better than I thought. I wanted to become Vice-Chair because I knew I would have the chance to write stories for the newsletters and that is something I enjoy doing. I was really happy to be voted in by all my friends.”

Funding for the project came from the PCDT Youth Tender contract provided by Cornwall County Council. In addition, PCDT provided two youth workers to oversee the young people and to provide hot refreshments on the cold wintery mornings.


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