The infamous British weather tried its very best to confuse the public last weekend for the launch of National Fishing Month (NFM). Despite blistering heat, high velocity winds and even lashings of rain, NFM events kicked off in style, bringing instant joy and lasting memories to the many people who took part.
At a showcase NFM event at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, near Evesham, coaching teams from The Professional Anglers Association and the Game Angling Instructors Association battled the wild weather conditions to give free coaching sessions to hundreds of youngsters and adults alike, often with whole families having a go, to cast a fly line or catch a fish on the lake. Some fabulous fish were caught, and there were wide smiles on the faces of the happy participants.
In addition to offering coaching sessions, Nick Watkins (PAA) and Rob Doyle (GAIA) spoke about getting new people into fishing at the Fishing Theatre in the centre of Fishing Village. Nick commented: ‘The audiences were great and were certainly interested and engaging.’ Rob added: ‘The Game Fair organisers deserve hearty congratulations for recognising the importance of recruiting new anglers and for providing such a fabulous public platform to showcase how we carry out our coaching.’
Everyone who took part in a coaching session went home with a NFM ‘goody bag’ containing the ‘Get Into Fishing’ booklet full of information on how to get started and advice on different types of fishing, a log book to make a note of their first catches and a special certificate as a memento of their days free fishing.
There are still hundreds of free events available to attend nationwide, listed online at www.nationalfishingmonth.com so there’ll be a participating venue close to everyone. Taking part is simplicity itself – just need to register online and then turn up. Everything will be provided without charge, and most people will experience the ultimate thrill of catching their first fish under the watchful guidance of their coach.
National Fishing Month 2018 runs between 27th July and 2nd September.