Huge Potential For Fishing Tourism In Scilly

Del Thompson landing a pollock

A St Mary’s man says the tourism organisations in Scilly should do more to attract anglers and fishermen.

Del Thompson believes the islands have a huge amount to offer followers of the sport and he’s been single-handedly promoting Scilly to angling journalists.

This week Del was out filming with a TV crew for two episodes of the Sky Sports 2 programme, Tight Lines, the first due to air on 14th December.

In the show, he’ll be seen landing over 100 wrasse, as well as a 7.5lb pollock. And Del said the conditions were amazing for the filming, with fantastic light and shots of porpoises shoaling herrings and gannets diving.

He said the islands will look “absolutely amazing” in the programme.

Del has already been featured in several fishing programmes and has helped organise trips for journalists from angling magazines such as Total Sea Fishing and Sea Angler. There’ll be a number of multi-page spreads about the islands in upcoming editions of those magazines over the next few months.

Del is passionate about fishing, but says he’s disappointed with the response he’s received from the Tourist Board who don’t seem to realise the potential to draw in extra visitors.

Scilly has some of the best fishing in the UK, he says, and angling is an all-year-round sport that could help extend the season.

His blog, Scilly Lure Addicts, gets 150 hits a day.

Del says he’s considering applying for LAG funding for a DVD about fishing in Scilly that would go out free with a fishing magazine.

He’s also hoping to arrange an angling competition here next year.

The episode of Tight Lines featuring Del is due to air at 8pm on December 14th.


7 Responses to Huge Potential For Fishing Tourism In Scilly

  1. Derek & H December 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Brilliant idea Del, surprised no one else has used the idea. The only downside is the cost of coming across to Scilly for families and pensioners on a reduced budget.

    We love Scilly and if only the Government would subsidise the travel it would bring more visitors to the islands.

  2. Liz Martland December 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Well done & good luck. Scilly being used for one of it’s assets – nice one Del.

  3. Steve December 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Well done, Del – great initiative. I’m a non angler myself but my kids love fishing for makerell fom small boats. Over on the mainland they charge c£15 per line for a 2hour trip. Are these fish to be found in the waters around Scilly and if so couldn’t an enterprising boatmen offer trips in the summer? (I’m sure they’d be very popular with tourists with families)

  4. ritchie December 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    well done Delboy at least you dont have your head in the sand !

  5. Fran Grottick December 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you, Del and well done

  6. Nobby Nobbs December 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

    What an excellent idea!
    Shame the Tourist Board can’t see the potential.
    Its only by finding new groups of people to bring to the islands will the islands survive on tourism..
    Well done Delbert

  7. margaret December 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

    well done Del ! much better idea to encourage tourists than £2 airport charges , restaurants and Sunday flying . These International consultants are comparing us with Hong Kong and Heathrow