Trading Tales: First time fisherwoman

GIVE a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. And while time banker and first-time fisher-woman Leonie is yet to land the big one, she’s recently been taught the basics of fishing and is quickly becoming addicted to the meditative sport.

Obliging fellow time banker Richard was the one to supply the knowledge, imparted via a day’s time bank trade: a fishing trip to Seatoun.

“...The coinciding of availability, weather, and tide times took a little while, but soon, bag packed, I was picked up on a Saturday afternoon to be shown the basics,” says Leonie, who adds that her teacher was a natural at passing on his tips and tricks.

“Richard was great, very patient and encouraging, and he showed me how the reels work, how to bait, cast and reel in. He made the basics seem very easy.”

Armed with reels of new knowledge, Leonie remarks that she’s been out on her own since, and fishing has now become a new-found hobby, coinciding with her interest in self-sufficiency.

“I learned what I needed to and could see how addictive it was. I had fond memories of being with my grandfather as he fished in rivers in the Midlands, and with my father fishing for catfish in ponds in Uganda, but I’d never fished myself. I love being outside, and I find the sea very calming.”

Leonie also enjoyed the opportunity to make a new acquaintance.

“If someone had told me I’d spend two hours in winter on a wharf with a vicar, I’d have thought it highly unlikely, but the joys of time banking mean getting to know people outside your usual group. It gives different perspectives that challenge perceptions and stereotypes.”

Leonie’s still holding out hope of some better catches, other than a cold and some “exotic” seaweed, though she says the thought of accidentally snagging a 40 kilogram king fish is rather daunting.

She says, “I’m looking forward to the summer season, and perhaps even landing my first fish”.

Good luck Leonie!