Josh Ward with a cracking net from Watford lodge and a
personal best 4lb tench
First off a big welcome to one and all,
This year has seen our first successful junior section in the region for many years. Members of local angling clubs, and juniors from around the area, participating, having fun and learning new skills on a variety of fishing days.
We kicked off the season with a junior carp clinic on Disley Dam. Typical of the British summer the weather played a massive part in the event, with the rain putting a damper on the fishing, but not the spirits of all who attended. They learned fantastic rig tips from local experts, bait guidance and casting techniques, along with a cracking BBQ provided by Disley and New Mills Angling Club. Everyone went away with a smile on their faces.
A little later saw our family ‘Get into Fishing Day’ on Watford Lodge. This time the weather was kind with some juniors participating to further their coaching and others trying the sport for the first time. All of the 30 anglers taking part fully enjoyed themselves, some catching their first ever fish! (A very successful day)
Throughout this summer we held junior matches/ coaching days on Disley Dam and Watford Lodge, with some great prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and biggest fish.
We have 2 further dates left in the calendar for this year.
12th August on Watford Lodge. Junior match / coaching day.
19th August on Watford Lodge. This is our second junior pair match, when juniors get paired with a seasoned match angler for the day.
A few places are still available for these dates, but going fast, so please book on.
With so many promising young anglers coming through the ranks, next month will see our first Junior Match Team assembled. The team, of usually 6 anglers, will travel around competing against some of the best junior anglers in the country. Our first event will be a 3 man team this September, competing at Aston Park near Sheffield.
The team will be:-
Harry Baker (Captain)
Zac Bates (reserve)
A massive congratulations for all these lads and best of luck on the day.
Things to come. 2013 looks to be a very busy year for local juniors. With lots more kids taking an interest in this fantastic sport, the future looks very bright. For any help or information please don’t hesitate to contact me at Simpsons Tackle, phone 01663 734220.
Speak to you in the New Year, between now and then…… Tight Lines.
Junior Development Officer