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MP joins Angling Trust call to parents to take your
kids fishing this summer
With the World Cup now over and the
school holidays looming, many parents face the prospect of finding ways
of keeping their restless youngsters
occupied over the long six-week
break. The message from the Angling
Trust and other organisations is to
take your kids fishing this summer.
To highlight the appeal of fishing to
young people, Angling Trust Campaigns chief Martin Salter invited his
old colleague Charles Walker MP,
Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group, to bring his sons
on a special day out with him and Will
Barnard, Angling Development Manager at Thames Water. They went to
College Lake – a fish-filled water in
Hampshire – where the youngsters
had a great time catching some beautiful carp, bream and roach on a variety of methods. Best fish of the day
was a lovely 11lb mirror carp caught
by Charles’ son Alistair on method
Charles Walker MP, said: “My sons
James and Alistair and their friend
Jack had a fantastic time catching
fish with Will and Martin. I just wish
more parents would realise that there
are very few things that can compare
with taking your children fishing and
helping them learn about wildlife and
nature. There are a plenty of safe and
friendly angling schemes and projects
run by the Angling Trust and its partners for beginners, so it really couldn’t
be easier.”
Martin Salter added: “Nowadays
young people have a lot of other distractions, which means we have to
work harder to get the fishing message across and to give our sport a
Anglers take on
the fly-tippers
future. Not only is fishing great fun,
but it is also good for you. Outdoor
pursuits like angling have been
proved time and time again to be
good for mental and physical health
and wellbeing and for gaining a
greater understanding of the countryside and the environment. This is why
we pressed hard to bring in free rod
licences for under 16s.”
Will Barnard said: “Thames Water
strongly believes in promoting
angling on its waters and offers a
n u m b e r o f ‘ Tr y F i s h i n g D a y s ’
throughout the year at our angling
academy at Walthamstow Reservoirs
in London as well as at our popular fly
fishery at Farmoor near Oxford.
Angling is a great way for young people to learn about the importance of
looking after our rivers, streams and
This summer there are hundreds of
events, which offer opportunities to
discover the joys of fishing, including
the Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign, Get Hooked on Fishing’s ‘Family Fishing’ initiative, Canal & River
Trust’s ‘Lets Fish!’ sessions and
National Fishing Month run by the
Angling Trades Association.
Yo u c a n f i n d t h e m a l l a t
getfishing.org.uk. Children aged
between 13 and 16 can get a FREE
Environment Agency fishing licence
to fish in stillwaters, canals, rivers and
streams so it’s now even less expensive for families to start fishing. n
Get fishing for free this summer
Dave Munt, Angling Trust’s Club and
Fishery Development Officer, blogs
about how social media has helped a
community fight litter spoiling a local
pond. n
Remember the excitement of catching your first
fish? We all had to start
somewhere… Bring your
kids to a free fishing event
this summer. There are
hundreds at www.getfishing.org.uk and a licence,
tackle and bait are all
included on the day. n


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