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Youngsters Get Hooked on Pike Fishing

21.03.14

Coaches and anglers pike day
Angling Trust coaches were on hand at Suffolk’s Needham Lake in March to support a junior lure fishing day. The event was the brainchild of Pike Anglers’ Club liaison officer, Jason Skilton and Gipping Valley Angling Club and Suffolk County Amalgamated Angling Association coach, Mark Brewster. Over three months’ planning and preparation finally saw more than twenty youngsters attend. With coarse fishing offering such a wide range of disciplines and techniques to the new and inexperienced practitioner, the lure fishing day showcased a particularly active and colourful side of our sport.

Mark and fellow Level 2 coach Phil Wilkinson, England lure squad members and father and son, Gary and Sam Edmonds and Ron Dalton of the Lure Anglers’ Society were part of a large team that provided tuition and advice to participants.  They also gave instruction on how to handle, safely unhook and return the pike caught. Whilst fishing was difficult in the bright conditions, modest sized specimens were banked and the coaches were able to emphasize and reiterate the conservation aspect of pike and predator fishing.

Local youngsters and GVAC Junior Academy members Aston Lander and Max Rushbrook took home the main prizes for their catches. Max’s mum Sharon said afterwards, “Max had a fab day, topped off with his catch at the end of the session … Thanks to all the lure anglers who made the day so interesting and enjoyable! Looks like we'll be shopping for pike equipment in the very near future!”

Everyone left the event with a goody bag filled with pike and lure fishing magazines and Fox DVDs. Afterwards, Jason and Mark thanked everyone that attended; the event’s main sponsors, Pike and Predators magazine, Savage Gear and Mark Houghton Custom Lures; along with GVAC and Mid Suffolk District Council for use of Needham Lake.

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