NATIONAL Fishing Month 2010 was a resounding success with 330 events taking place across the country attracting more than 13,500 participants of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles.
So organisers are hoping for an even better response to this year’s event which takes place from July 16 to August 14.
It has already got off to a wonderful start with Olympic decathlete Dean Macey adding his endorsement to the initiative.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dean commented: “I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and wherever I go in the world, I will always bump into someone that also loves fishing.
“It’s such a great hobby – you get to spend time outdoors, appreciate Mother Nature, meet some great people and if you’re really lucky, witness some marvellous creatures.”
Dean continued: “When I was a kid, I found it hard to get my head around school work or any kind of discipline.
“If it wasn’t for fishing and athletics I dread to think where I would be right now. Between them, they gave me something to focus on and keep me off the streets.”
As in previous years, the focus is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing from whatever cultural or social background they may be from.
The initiative’s timing continues to be deliberately planned to incorporate the end of the school terms and more of the school holidays to enable activities to be linked with both schools and families.
Again, by extending the timetable, fishery owners, angling coaches and retailers will have a greater span of time to be able to take part and support events in their areas.
If you would like to take part and have a go at fishing, take a look at the events that are already listed on the National Fishing Month website www.nationalfishingmonth.com and enter your postcode. The events closest to you will then be listed and you can find out more details from there.
Back onto the local fishing scene now, and one water that seems to improve with age is Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley. I can remember when it first opened. It was not really that impressive but was stocked with a lot of fish and really was an ideal water for our local clubs.
My goodness how it has all changed now, the last time I fished a small match there it was freezing cold with a bitter wind blowing across the fens and yet we still caught fish.
Other pools have now been added and in a relatively short space of time the fishery has developed into a must-fish water. Variety is the key here with several pools to choose from and with one holding some much bigger fish the specimen boys will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on this fishery.
I have to say the Jay Lake is the one I prefer, it’s the latest water to be built on the complex. The lake has been designed for pole fishing with a consistent width of 14-15 metres. The shape forms a loop and has no ends and is a very good club match water.
Leave A14 at Huntingdon exit, signed A141 March, follow A141 to Warboys, turn right on to B1040 towards Pidley, after passing Pidley Church turn left into Fen Road next to village pond. Rookery Waters is 2.5 miles down Fen Road and is signed along Fen Road.
Sat Nav PE28 3DF.