Clubs right around the country have been trying to get youngsters back into our sport, writes Ken Wade.
It’s no secret that they have turned to the easy option of computer and smart phone games to amuse themselves.
But once you can get them out into the countryside and onto the banks of waterways and catching a few fish quite a few will, and indeed are happy, to give it a try. It looks as if Tydd Gote’s junior fun day/fishing match was a great success and the club are already planning another after a wonderful day at the weekend which saw youngsters, mums, dads and indeed grandparents enjoying the club’s efforts to get everyone involved in fishing. Yes there was a match, but the whole concept of getting everyone out on the bank and staying for the day proved to be a real winner.
The club would like to thank everyone who came to the junior match and well done to all the juniors that fished. Winner of the match was Robert Hitchcock, aged 16, with a weight of 5lb 8oz – he won a trophy and a feeder rod. Runner-up was William Bates, aged 10, with 2lb 5oz – he won a trophy and a float rod. In third was Morgan Dowd, aged 16, with 2lb 4 ½ oz – he won a trophy and landing net.
In the Under 10’s the winner was Bryn Ashton, aged 7, with 1lb 7oz – he won a trophy and a reel. The biggest fish winner was Ashton with a perch and he was presented with groundbait.
There were no losers on the day as everyone who took part took home a goody bag consisting of a hat, groundbait and hooks, and there was also a free barbecue afterwards.
The club would like to give a massive thank you to all those who gave prizes and trophies, the club provided bait and particular thanks to Chris Lynn, Dave Williams, Bob Bates and also Andy and Sue Spencer and Dick Paul for providing the barbecue and prizes for guess the winning weight draw.
Spratt’s Angling Club fished their latest match on the Horseshoe Pool at Decoy Lakes and saw Martin Parker top the field with 120lb 5oz of carp taken from peg 12 fishing a pellet feeder and pellet waggler. He even caught a few up in the water on the pole line late into the match.
Runner-up was Trevor Cousins. He caught on a pellet waggler for most of the day to weigh in 98lb 5oz, followed by Mick Raby with 87lb 10oz.
There was not a single method that did not put fish in the net in the latest Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifier on the Magpie Pool.
The eventual winner was Lee Marlow from peg 22. He started on the Method for two hours with dead maggot, before switching to his favoured cat meat approach down the edge to take carp up to 8lb in his winning of 197lb 4oz.
Runner-up was Chatteris rod Jay Richardson who caught from the off on paste in his right-hand margin from peg 13 which gave him 185lb 12oz. Third place went to Tony Evans with 181lb 8oz.
In the fishery’s Wednesday over 60’s match it was the consistent Kevin Peacock taking the honours. Paste in the margins was the tactics used to take the win from peg 1 with 144lb 12oz. Runner-up was Dave Lack on 132lb 6oz, followed by Jim Garrity with 90lb 2oz.
Thursday’s last chance qualifier for the £1,000 final is on the Magpie Pool, then it’s the final on Saturday and Sunday.