Boat sea fishing access to underprivileged youths

by Easy Blue Fishing in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Boat sea fishing access to underprivileged youths

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To enhance community involvement and foster a love for sea angling among underprivileged youth through community-based sea angling club

by Easy Blue Fishing in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Fishing has been my passion ever since I was 8 years old, sitting at a lake with my dad catching my first fish.

I have caught many species from the stickleback, Tench, Carp, Pike, and Trout, but unlike freshwater fishing, baits, rigs, and location make targeting specific species easy. Sea fishing is about as unknown as it can get, sure you can target species by location and the concentration in numbers during various seasons, but on the whole, whatever bait you put out you could catch anything from a whiting to a bass, a mackerel to a pollock, a ray to a tope.

That is what I have found so exciting the thrill of the bite, the scream of the reel, the first glimpse of colour as you bring that fish up from the depths.

Over the past 40 years, I have fished lakes, rivers, and seas. Even taking the chance to go fishing in the Caribbean, Brazil, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, and Croatia. 

Angling is a top participation sport and is on the rise again thanks to the work done by the Angling Trust, (while the number of people participating in angling in the UK has decreased slightly) estimates still indicate that there are approximately 1.6% of UK adults go fishing. Sea angling as a popular activity that has both social and economic benefits, and while catches can be significant a study also found that Angling has mental health benefits. This study reported that people who said they participated in recreational fishing stated that they suffered less from anxiety disorders, fewer had attempted suicide or engaged in deliberate self-harm when compared with those who do not fish.

Following the pandemic in 2020, Tackling Minds was successful in its campaign for angling to be recognised as an official social prescribing activity on the NHS, thanks to its many mental health and wellbeing benefits. 

Easy Blue Limited has been proactive in the Boat Fishing arena since January 2023, having established the following :

  • EFBA Angling Club at Port Solent in April 2023 which now has over 240 members, and growing, 
  • Been part of the Boatlife Fishing Events since September 2023
  • Launching the Solent Boat Angling Competition for July 2024 (SBAC24) in 2023 a social event and competition for boat anglers that focuses on inclusion.

This was the start of my journey to build a community-based sea angling club, Easy Blue Fishing Adventures has now built a solid reputation locally,  that continues to be built on through the launch of the Junior beach league. The company's primary objective is to promote fishing through various events, competitions, and growth including the plan to operate a bait and tackle shop to be the centrepin of the Easy Blue legacy in my home town. 

One of Easy Blue Limited's key focuses is engaging children in the sport of angling. The company plans to achieve this by providing donated equipment and organising the Junior Sea Fishing League. By offering these opportunities, Easy Blue Limited aims to foster a love for angling among underprivileged youth and provide them with a positive outlet for their recreational activities.

The company's commitment to community involvement sets it apart from other angling clubs in the area which host 1 or 2 events for children of its members. Easy Blue Limited actively seeks to engage with local residents, businesses, and organisations to create a sense of unity and shared interest in the sport. These event is open to anyone between the ages of 12-16 and there is no age limit to being involved in other competitions, events and community projects.

By committing to working with the local youths and underprivileged locally, the company not only enhances the angling experience for its members but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

With its unique focus on community engagement and youth development, Easy Blue Limited is well-positioned to become a leading force in the sea-angling industry in Emsworth and beyond.

The lack of accessible and engaging opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in sea angling has hindered their ability to develop an interest in the sport. Existing options fail to provide the necessary equipment and support to engage children effectively. The EBFA community-based sea angling club aims to address this problem and has established a Junior Sea Fishing League, sponsored prizes and offering equipment, organising matches and social events, and fostering community involvement to promote angling among the underprivileged youth and to cultivate a love for the sport.

Easy Blue Limited aims to enhance community involvement and foster a love for angling among underprivileged youth through its community-based sea angling club EBFA. By organising events, competitions, and use of equipment to borrow or keep. By operating a bait and tackle shop, Easy Blue can promote fishing events aimed at encouraging those to take up the sport and will have a local community presence where promotion of events and direct interactions with anglers of all ages as a social space. The company also engages children by providing donated equipment and running the Junior Sea Fishing Leagues, ensuring that angling is accessible to all.

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