Blind Foundation member Tony Wilson launched a YouTube channel called Blind Fishing NZ! in May 2017 to encourage people across New Zealand who are blind or have low vision to try fishing. Tony says: “We want people to try fishing where they live or go to the Bay of Plenty and I will take them fishing.”

The YouTube channel features videos of Tony fishing around the Bay of Plenty. Tony says it’s about: “fun times, blind people getting out there and having a go at fishing, learning a lot along the way and teaching others what we can.”

Tony has been working hard all year to develop and grow a Blind Fishing Club based out of Tauranga. The Bay of Plenty Blind Sports Club (BOPBSC) started three or four years ago and offered a range of sports such as cricket, fishing, tandem biking and law bowls. Club president and founding member, Stephanie Jobson, has been the driving force behind BOPBSC, with the help of Tony. Tony says: “Fishing proved more popular than expected with most members, so we formed a little sub group called Blurred Lines.” Blind Fishing NZ! is a new concept and seeks blind or low vision individuals to join the fishing activities.

A highlight for Tony so far is “giving BOPBSC Club members Stephanie and Andrew the chance to try kayak fishing, with both of them landing their biggest fish to date.”

Tony is hoping to get more episodes on YouTube, and over the year he’ll be trying to get different styles of fishing with a range of different people. You can visit Blind Fishing NZ! to watch the first few episodes. Contact Tony Wilson at nztone.e@gmail.com or 021 078 2778 if you are interested in fishing.