August 6th

The weather was very kind to us on our first free family fishing day as part of the National Fishing Month. Thirty people were able to try their hand at fishing over the day under the expert guidance of our fishing coach Peter Fieldhouse, a director of the Professional Anglers Association supported by our own Christine Howles who managed the programme and presented everyone with a certificate. We were also joined by our friends from the local amateur radio group.

While no fish were caught everyone was able to learn how to use a fishing pole and line to catch a fish. The day was enjoyed by young and old alike with our youngest fisherman being only 4 years old. As part of the day the younger fishermen were also given a fishing pole and tackle together with a goody bag to take away so that they can try their hand at fishing another day.

Of course it isn't just the fishermen who enjoyed the day. It was a real family day out and our using towpath walkers also enjoyed watching the fun and talking to participants. Several people asked for more information about volunteering for the Trust and our Events Team were kept busy providing information to everyone.

Finally Peter Fieldhouse has given us advice on how to improve the environment for the fish and other creatures, frogs, newts and vibrant dragonflies to name but a few. Peter said “You can never guarantee to catch a fish, wherever you go, but as a training day for the kids it was absolutely great. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, I just wish we could have caught a fish!”

Dora Hancock        Photos: Paul Marshall

LHCRT  News  August  2016

© Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Family Fishing Day

Staffordshire Portable Amateur Radio Club spoke to many parts of the world, in this picture to Nepal, raising awareness of Lichfield!

Although no fish were caught today, a mix of Bream, Carp and Rudd had been introduced to Borrowcop Locks Canal Park earlier this year. Many thanks to John Ellis from Canal & River Trust Angling for all of his advice.  These baby fish were spotted by Christine Howles in July.

Peter Fieldhouse, a director of the Professional  Anglers Association was on hand to give expert tuition.

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