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Silver Jubilee Joy
Since it began on 22nd July, National
Fishing Month (NFM) 2017 has
proved to be a major attraction at
events throughout the country. One of
the first took place in Northlands
Country Park, Basildon, on a typical
British summer’s day (glorious sun
and then showers) where nearly 70
people tried angling for the first time.
The event was staged in partnership
with Basildon Carnival Festival, and it
allowed visitors to explore a variety of
aspects of fishing - including bait
techniques and pond dipping - to
inspire them to become more active
and try angling.
The highlight of second weekend of
NFM was the traditional showcase
event which took place at The Game
Fair, held this year at Hatfield House,
Hatfield. Over 500 riverside coaching
sessions were delivered by members
of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling
Instructors’ Association (GAIA).
There were many joyous, smiling
faces as first-time anglers caught
some outstanding fish, including carp
and pike. The National Fishing Month
display tent area included demonstrations of fly tying, rig building, lure fishing techniques and cooking your
catch, all aspects of which were
crowd pulling and highly entertaining.
The stand was also visited by a
number of dignitaries and celebrities
including Nigel Farage MEP and JB
from the band JLS. They both thanked
everyone for their hard work in raising
the awareness of the health and
social inclusion benefits of angling
and expressed their belief that initiatives like National Fishing Month,
which help get more kids and their
families into fishing, were fabulous.
The ‘Let’s Fish’ campaign, run in
conjunction with NFM by The Canal
and River Trust, has already recorded
a number of successful events at the
start of their fishing programme. John
Ellis, Fisheries Manager said: ‘We’ve
had a cracking start to this year’s
events with some great attendance
figures. Salma Yaqoob, psychotherapist, activist and proud mum who is
passionate about social justice and
mental health issues, joined us at one
event and later tweeted, ‘I didn’t
know we could go fishing in Brum
canals. It’s been a great experience,
would definitely recommend!’’
Feedback from people taking part
has already clearly indicated the joy
of participants at learning the angling
basics under expert guidance: ‘What
a brilliant session, which my son
really enjoyed – his first experience of
fishing, and he will definitely try it
again’; ‘The girls enjoyed it so much
we actually went the next day too!
We have bought the girls some simple
rods and hope to take them again
over the next few weeks.’ ‘Many
thanks to you all to making their time
so enjoyable – they were thrilled and
now are even keener to take it up
Thanks to the headline sponsorship
support from tackle manufacturers
Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all
members of NFM organisers the
A n g l i n g Tr a d e s A s s o c i a t i o n –
National Fishing Month continues to
be an overwhelming success. Along
Nick with Nigel.
with the support received from the
Environment Agency, the Angling
Trust, the Canal and River Trust,
Angling Cymru, the PAA and GAIA,
NFM 2017 is continuing to attract
thousands of new people to the sport
of angling. There are still hundreds of
other events across the country
throughout August, and they are open
to everyone. To find a NFM event near
to you, visit www.nationalfishingmonth.com n


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