Never Too Old

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Hi

I seen your web site I was looking if blind people fish, camp, backpack etc. I came across your site I am so glad you live a normal life you work have a family and you fish and do your other hobbies.

I am chad, I am 45 I live in Wyoming in the USA I am legally blind. I was hurt by a baby sitter. I had a bad head injury that damaged my optic nerves, but I have some vision. I was going to ask if there are more blind people doing fishing and how they bate their hooks without getting hooked themselves and getting hooks out of fish without hurting them if you want to release them. I am sure blind people fish alone and they are not always with someone are there blind people that flyfish?

I see you go camping to is it easy to set up a tent build a fire cook etc. My mom and dad were overprotective of me because someone tried to kill me. I do not blame them, but I do not have a career or family or hobbies like you and many others I wish I did.

Anything you can tell me about blind fishing and I know more are doing it now also camping etc. that would be great I would like to know about your career I would love to work and have a family if I am not too old.

I look forward to hearing from you

Chad

Hi Chad,

Thank you for your email. You may want to consider registering for the annual North Carolina Lions Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournament held every October and open to blind anglers from across the U.S.A. Your local Lions club can assist in arranging transportation. I’ve been a few times and it’s a really great event with many wonderful volunteers and blind people – over 500 attend.

Also, have a look at my website www.blindfishingboat.com for all sorts of tips about fishing without sight. You don’t need to get your own boat, lots can be caught from a peer or from shore, and your local tackle shop can set you up with everything you need for very little.

Last, follow my weekly blog Blue Fish Radio available over iTunes or by visiting: www.bluefishradio.com. The blog features special guests doing amazing things to ensure the future of fish and fishing.

I hope you are able to get out there this summer to wet a line and catch some fish! Fishing is a great way to make new friends, and it’s one of many things people without sight can do as well as or better than those who have sight. Practice tying a knot like the improved clinch, and get yourself a decent 6-foot medium action spinning outfit. Practice casting in an open space – remember, it’s not about distance as much as it’s about control.

Warmest regards,

Lawrence

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