The East of England group has not been able to run school courses this year, however they ran a successful open day for young anglers at Lenwade Pike Club over the summer.
For the second year running, Fishing for Schools was asked to run a Fishing Day for 8- to 16-year-olds by Nicola Pye, organiser of Broadland District Council’s Tots to Teens Holiday Club.
The day was held at the Lenwade Pike Club on 9 August, by permission of the club members and the owners. Several club members and other volunteers kindly gave up their day to help the 11 children who attended.
F4S director Charles Jardine and instructor Lee Hooper ran the event and activities included rod assembly, teamwork, bug gathering, identification of freshwater insect life, gutting, filleting and cooking a trout and, of course, fishing.
The children caught a large number of rudd, roach and a few perch and the day ended with a masterclass on how to catch a pike, which had been lurking at the edge of the swim.
It was very exciting as the children could see the pike following the bait in the clear water!