Fishing is this father’s legacy

2017-06-01 06:02
Ivonkuhle Xali from Khayelitsha prepares bait.

Ivonkuhle Xali from Khayelitsha prepares bait.

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A group of children are spending their Saturdays learning to fish at Strandfontein beach thanks to a local father and son team.

Errol Adams and his son Wayne started the Youth Angling Academy.

“Wayne started fishing with me. He asked me if he could fish for a club and they entered him into a competition,” says Errol Adams.

This was in 2010 when he represented Western Province in national competitions.

“After that he came to me and asked why we cannot teach youngsters to fish. A youngster telling us he wants this for our children. Immediately I started backing him up,” says Errol Adams.

Since then they have had learners of various schools in the city participating.

At the time, the learners were mostly in Grades 11 and 12 and as they left school they dropped out.

It was then that Errol Adams decided it was time to teach learners in primary school and lower grades of high school.

They currently have six boys and a girl who attend York Road and Parkhurst primary schools and Rocklands and Spine Road high schools.

The cost of the lessons is only enough to cover the bait used.

Errol Adams supplies fishing poles and gut. This, coupled with more than 150 years of fishing experience.

“Wayne [my son], myself, my father and my grandfather between us have 167 years of fishing experience. I taught Wayne, as my father taught me, as his father taught him,” he says.

He says he would like to take the sport to as many areas as possible.

“I was thinking to myself, why drop the sport when I can teach others?”

He recently reached out to a school in Khayelitsha.

He says it is sad how many children know nothing about fishing.

“I want to have everyone on board. There is space for more children to get involved and learn about the sport.

I know that one day, if I am no longer able to do this, my son will take over and continue,” he says.

Errol Adams says he is at peace at the beach and also uses the lessons to teach the learners about environmental issues, ocean life, rip currents, ocean safety and ways to read the water, among other things.

Whatever is caught is released back to the ocean.V To enrol call Errol Adams on 072 705 1237 or Wayne Adams on 078 857 7500 or 021 393 6864 or raggedtooth.­adams@­ or visit www.youth­angling­academy.­


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