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Thousands Get Hooked on Fishing at
BBC Countryfile Live 2018
BBC Countryfile presenter Carol Kirkwood took time out to give fishing a go at BBC Countryfile Live 2018
Angling reached another milestone
this summer when over 1,000 people
had a go at fishing during what has
been billed as “this summer’s best
day out” on BBC Countryfile Live
Completely free fishing sessions for
newcomers organised by the UK’s
largest angling charity Get Hooked on
Fishing were one of the show’s main
draws. Families keen to discover the
wonders of angling hurried to the
waterside area to book places, and
each of the four days of fishing were
fully booked before midday!
Hundreds of roach and perch were
caught by beginner anglers during
simple lessons provided by Get
Hooked on Fishing. Volunteers helped
participants to understand the basics
of fishing and provided information
on where to go next to find family-
friendly venues and affordable equipment. Get Hooked on Fishing also
created a ‘Fishing Funfair’ area with
graffiti-art from Dusto. This attracted
hundreds more families and children
t o c o m e a n d g e t i n v o l v e d, w i t h
angling themed games to teach them
the skills involved in fishing.
BBC Countryfile presenters were
keen to have a go at fishing too and
Get Hooked on Fishing were thrilled
to host Anita Rani, Carol Kirkwood,
Helen Skelton and Sean Fletcher who
all took time out of their busy schedules to relax by the waterside with a
fishing rod! All these stars of the show
expressed their interest in Get
Hooked on Fishing’s work to provide
positive opportunities for young people and communities through angling,
and The One Show’s Mike Dilger
pledged his support for Get Hooked
on Fishing too.
Sarah Collins, Chief Executive of
Get Hooked on Fishing said: “To yet
again have the opportunity to expose
a huge non-angling audience to the
amazing experiences that fishing can
offer their families is another step to
boost participation in this healthy,
inexpensive and relaxing activity. The
Get Hooked on Fishing team are particularly thankful to the BBC and SME
for providing us with the space and
promotion, to Faye Hatcher for the
opportunity to be on the ‘Explore
Britain Stage’ and to all of the thousands of people who came and made
BBC Countryfile Live 2018, which was
such a huge success for angling.”
Look out for the fishing feature in
BBC Countryfile on BBC 1, 19th
August 2018 and find more events
like this at www.getfishing.org.uk. n
Anglers Paradise – New Record
These pictures show the biggest living carp in Devon and new
complex record, a 53lb 4oz leather nicknamed ‘Silverback’,
caught by Ryan Owen from Manchester.
Not only does Ryan come on holiday to Anglers Paradise, but
this time he came with a friend. They fished one of the day ticket
waters called Kracking Karp, and the reward was his biggest
ever carp.
He was so pleased that he went into the water to release the
fish. Zyg opened a bottle of bubbly, had the first swig and gave
the rest to Ryan. n


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