It’s great to see that long with national angling promotions like TAFF and National Fishing month, local fishing clubs are also out there doing their bit to promote angling to youngsters.
Hull and District anglers recently spent £75,000 improving the small Oak Road fishing pond and offered local youngsters free tuition, in an attempt to give them a genuine introduction into the sport.
The scheme has been a great success, with over 100 local youngsters taking up the offer of the free tuition between May and September.
Derek Pye, confirmed that 130 youths attended coaching sessions and told the Hull Daily Mail;
“That’s a brilliant result and I think it proves that there is still an appetite for fishing. The sport gets youngsters outside in the fresh air, mixing with others and learning new skills.
“The area seems to have come on a lot,” he said. “I suppose it used to be a bit of a no-go area before. Now you often see families down there and runners on the path. It’s a lot more welcoming now.
“We’ll be starting pike fishing sessions at Kingfisher Pond, near British Aerospace in Brough, on October 16,” said Mr Pye. “Sessions will be held each Sunday, from 9.30am to 3pm.
“Youngsters just need to get themselves there, and I’m aware a few youths groups will be offering transport, and we’ll provide all equipment, bait and tuition.
Mr Pye said the fishing sessions, both at Oak Road and Brough ponds, are made possible thanks to grants from the Rank Foundation and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.
To find out more about Hull and District Anglers’ Association, click HERE.