Free tasters aim to get kids hooked on fishing

Canal
Canal

The charity which looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales is holding a series of free family fishing events from July to September to celebrate National Fishing Month.

Go Fish! is being organised by Canal & River Trust, together with local angling clubs, to offer families a chance to try their hand at fishing and discover the Grand Union Canal.

People wishing to attend can reserve a free starter kit online and receive guidance from a professional fishing coach.

There has been a decline in the number of people who go fishing, especially youngsters.

In the past six years, sales of junior rod licences have dropped by more than half.

Canal & River Trust is keen to help reverse these figures and help people get the most out of fishing and their local canal or river.

Spokesman Sarah Brown said: “Canals are fun places to explore. They provide a place for both nature and people to thrive – including your little ones.

“We hope these free taster sessions will get more people, young and old, hooked on fishing in the Grand Union Canal.”

Local taster events take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, meeting at Bluebells Tearooms, Marsworth, or Mentmore Game, Tringford Reservoir. For full details of all the Go Fish! taster sessions, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/go-fish