- Jul 19, 2020
Flipping heck Dave, forget the strimmer line and hire in a flock of sheep for a week or two
They’re certainly doing ok here there’s always quite a few matches on the Thames of various sizes almost every weekend and often midweek. River fishing in general is definitely the most popular form around here alongside specimen carping. I would say commercials here are at the bottom of the pile in terms of popularity behind the rivers and carping plus even predator and possibly fly fishing as well.There are some areas where match fishing on rivers are doing OK
Good post that . Never heard of The prince Albert, but well done to them.This is an interesting post this..I can't really comment on the match fishing scene of today but do remember what t was like as a junior in the 80s when massive matches were not unusual. As for juniors all I can say is that my lad has been coming with me fishing for about 3-4 years now and he loves it , we both love it. As a member of the Prince Albert Juniors he has been able to go tomany junior events and matches that they run and learn sosmething every time. Just a few weeks ago he took part in the Junior Canal Championship down at Soudley on the Shroppie and it was agreat event. The numbers for all age categories ended up being between 120-130 participants I think. It was abrilliant event and the CRT are really trying hard to promote it. There were some really good young fishermen there and plenty of old pros from the Midlands Canal Circuit there to help, advise and encourage alongside the Lets Fish coaches. In particular there was a pleasant gent called Paul Murrin who enjoyed showing my lad the best way to chop your worms and hook a piece of hemp..really nice guy.
But that being said..120 kids in total for a National event like that is not huge..but it is a start. There is no point in wasting energy blaming Playstations and technology...you cannot fight them...each one of us right now on this forum is typing on a computer/swiping on a smartphone every single day and we are probably the older generation..they are here to stay end of. But kids don't just want that..show them something else and they are just as interested. One of the differences is that they do not move around as freely and unsupervised as before...remember how you would cycle for miles somewhere with your mates to go fishing? Those carefree freedoms are long gone for many of them and you do feel a bit sorry for them.
The Prince Albert I have mentioned above do a sterling job with their efforts and support but as most will know it is a very geographically wide club. There's no chance the juniors will see each other at the local school/canal/river on a weekly basis. If you want more youngsters coming on then it is down to local clubs...and local dads (and mums) taking those kids not just once in a holiday but regularly. Regular local faces at the tackleshop giving advice..remember that? How many kids can walk to a local tackleshop? I could then..but not now..but with a drive we can do it. More youngsters will come through fishing ( be it onto matches or merely pleasure) if the grassroots are there.
One thing is for certain though, and I have witnessed this many times in the last few years. Is how older anglers on the bank love to see a young lad or lass fishing. They love to see how they are getting on and enjoy passing on their hard won knowledge. It's almost the unspoken law of friendly anglers who like to see their craft carrying on. Kids don't experience that if they are wired into an xbox...but once they do they can tell the difference because kids can sense when it is genuine..they're not stupid. The more we do that..the more chance it'll happen but it is easy to give up (especially when parents and kids say they'll turn up and don't) ...christ I've written a lot there..I'll shut up now