Corby youngsters get hooked on fishing

Youngsters at Corby who took part in a summer fishing scheme at the town's boating lake

Youngsters at Corby who took part in a summer fishing scheme at the town's boating lake

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Young people from Corby have been enjoying fishing this summer thanks to a scheme organised by the Angling Trust and Corby Council’s

neighbourhood warden team.

During the three-week project 17 young people learned all about fishing at the boating lake in Cottingham Road, Corby.

By the end of the sessions the children were able to identify the different fish that they were catching, safely unhook the fish and conquer their fear of fishermen’s favourite bait, maggots.

All the youngsters were naturals, catching everything from small perch and roach to gudgeon and crucian carp.

James Roche, regional officer for the Angling Trust, said: “It has been great to see everyone enjoying fishing so much. It is a great sport for kids to get into and Corby has a fantastic fishing venue right in the middle of the town for people to use. A massive thanks has to go to Richard Hawkes and Ivan Barkham for making everything happen.”

The final session included an informal match with everyone catching at least three fish. The winning pair. Nadine and Brandon caught 29 fish in just two hours.

Due to the success of the sessions, plans are now being made for a junior angling club in Corby, providing regular coaching sessions for local young people.

For more information on angling in Northamptonshire please contact James Roche at James.roche@anglingtrust.net.