Cornwall LivingIssue #144
Angling for mindfulness
Creating communities and promoting wellness, one catch at a time.
As we edge further into 2024 it can be all too easy to forget about those resolutions that we so willingly made at the start of the year. Perhaps you wanted to challenge yourself to try something new, spend more time with friends, or simply get outdoors in the fresh air. One social enterprise that allows you to do all of these at once is Tight Lines, a fully functioning Community Interest Company founded by Cornish shore fishing guide Justin Keight. This non-profit organisation aims to provide mental health support to the people of Cornwall using sea angling as the vehicle.
Back in June 2023 when the sun was shining and the temperatures were warmer, Tight Lines began holding social fishing get-togethers, inviting anyone who was interested in fishing or what Tight Lines was trying to achieve, to come along and discover more. This first session in Falmouth was an enormous success with over 30 people including locals, those living further afield and people just visiting joining in with a group of Tightliners to fish a variety of methods. Mackerel were caught in abundance and later hot smoked by Chef Justin so everyone could enjoy the fruits of their labour after an afternoon of catching and community; and so the Social Fishing Sessions were born.
These continued throughout the summer months, introducing fishing to beginners and reintroducing the sport to people looking to return to an old hobby. More than discovering or rediscovering a passion for fishing and spending time with others, sea angling from the beautiful Cornish coast can help boost mood and mindfulness with nature being shown to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. Now with a hard-core band of anglers of all ages who enjoy the company of these sessions as much as the sport itself, the group has time to talk fishing with likeminded souls, swap ideas and techniques and pass on experience to the newer anglers amongst the group. Whether you’re looking to improve your wellness and mental health or simply surround yourself with other angling enthusiasts, we can’t think of anywhere better to do this than by the Cornish coast.
These free sessions continue fortnightly throughout the year with bait and tackle also supplied free of charge. Simply bring any fishing gear you own and plenty of excitement!
Lansdowne, Trevenen Bal, Helston TR13 0PP