Re-Opening After Covid is a series where we will be featuring angling-related businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and are getting back on their feet now. With the new requirements for physical distancing and continued vigilance, angling businesses like many others face challenges. They may have to restrict customer numbers, limit their interactions, introduce new working methods. And of course, the primary requirement is to keep themselves, their customers and families safe.
Our next featured business is Bluewater Fishing, a charter boat and B&B run by John Brittain and his wife Sue, near Clifden, Co. Galway. John has been a charter skipper since 1991, and like everyone else has never faced a challenge like Covid-19 before. As a “non-essential” business, he and Sue were forced to close both the B&B and stop operating the boat over the last 3 months.
Now back on the water and looking forward to reopening the B&B and welcoming guests shortly, John is just relieved to be back working, although his first trip was rather hampered by a thunderstorm! As he reported:
“I am finally back in business again for my 29th season with a pair of new engines. We have started fishing again with reduced numbers which is comfortable. Fishing has been good except for my first day out with a group of local anglers. We got to the ground south of Inishturk, stopped the engines and with that the heavens opened with claps of thunder lightening and the heaviest rain possible. Eventually we did what the fish had done and went home. Next day was better and here I am with my first 2020 pollack. “
Bluewater is now back taking bookings for charter fishing, with reduced numbers to allow for social distancing. John’s primary concern is for the safety and welfare of his customers, and I know he will look after anyone who steps aboard.