Over 400 young people from all over Northamptonshire have been well and truly hooked on fishing this summer after getting a brilliant introduction to the world of angling, from Corby Borough Council.
The Summer Holiday Get Fishing Sessions at Corby’s Boating Lake have given young people the chance to try fishing for the first time.
All equipment, bait and tackle were provided and a friendly group of volunteers were on hand to provide helpful advice about how to catch and safely return the lake’s carp, perch and roach.
Ivan Barkham, Neighbourhood Warden from Corby Borough Council said: “This summer has been a huge success! A massive thank you to volunteers Dan, Eddie and Len for helping out all summer – we couldn’t have done it without you”.
James Roche, Partnership Development Manager for the Angling Trust added: “Corby Borough Council have improved the fishing on the Boating Lake no end by using funding from the Angling Improvement Fund. The fishing platforms around the lake are now loads better and it was great to see so many new people using them to get into fishing.”
The introductory fishing sessions have been taking place at the Boating Lake for a number of years and have continued to grow year on year.
Top Tips for newcomers!
- If you want to go fishing on the Boating Lake check out https://www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/parks-open-spaces/corby-boating-lake for info.
- If you are over 13 remember to get a fishing licence first from https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences. Licences for those age between 13 and 16 are free, but you need to get one online before you go fishing.
- Find free fishing lessons, info about venues and advice at Get Fishing
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The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing. Money from adult fishing licence sales is spent on improving angling habitat and infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund.