Fresh air, peace and nature – fishing is booming in Lower Saxony

Achim (Verden district / Lower Saxony) – Only for retirees? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that!

Closed shops, no vacation in the south, lockdown boredom and whining children: In the corona pandemic, many rediscovered nature on their own doorstep.

Fresh air, peace and nature: many Lower Saxony discovered fishing for themselves last year.

As a result of the absence of trips abroad and the lockdowns, people flocked to the fishing clubs. The Lower Saxony Angler Association counted almost 25 percent more fishing tests in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Due to the pandemic, the demand for online courses as preparation for the fishing exam has increased significantly, said its president, Werner Klasing. Of the 6500 candidates last year, 4500 did their course on the Internet. You only have to appear in person for the fishing exam.

It is no longer true that fishing is only for retirees: According to Klasing, every fourth person in the online courses was under 45 years of age. “Fishing also means family community,” said Klasing.

He has often seen parents and their children interested in the hobby. Uwe Roll, chairman of the fishing club in Achim (Verden district) reported something similar. A good third of the candidates with him are young people.

What naturally suffers from the corona pandemic is club life. “A lot of socializing has already been lost,” said Klasing, whose association represents 341 clubs with a total of 100,000 anglers.

A caught trout lies in a netPhoto: dpa

“Anyone who wants to go fishing should have passed a fishing test,” says the association’s website. Almost everywhere in Germany, the successfully passed fishing test is a prerequisite for legal fishing. If you cannot show a fishing license during an inspection, you face a penalty for wild fishing.

In a 30-hour course, instructors impart their knowledge about ecological relationships and fish biology, about sustainable use of nature, animal-friendly handling of caught fish and about fishing itself.


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