The inaugural Fishability Day was held in WA last month and was a great success. Fishability – Fishers with Disabilities is a community-based organisation (www.fishability.org.au) which coordinates fishing opportunities for people who normally wouldn’t get the chance to wet a line and does a tremendous job in doing so. The idea of the day was to encourage people who normally wouldn’t be able to go fishing to get out and give it a go.
Community fishing events were held in several locations around the state and nearly 500 anglers and more than 100 volunteers turned out on the day. There were 55 community groups involved as well as more than 100 family members, friends and support workers. All who were involved had a wonderful time across the venues, with some good fish caught and, most importantly, everyone involved had plenty of fun. Many new fishers enjoyed the help from experienced volunteers, with bait and tackle provided as well. It is hoped it will become an annual event.