It was off to sunny Upminster the other day for a visit to Puddledock Farm Fishery and a look at one of the events that is part of this years National Fishing Month.
Hosted by the newly formed Kevin Green Angling Academy (KGAA) I was invited along by Nick Watkins, one of the six coaches helping adults and children alike to catch a few fish and get a feel for this great hobby of ours.
Billed as a 'Learn To Fish: Taster Day' it was open to all, and after signing in at the registration desk all you had to do was wait your turn.
With all equipment and bait provided the sessions were divided into half hour slots running from 9.30am to 4.00pm. If you enjoyed yourself, which most participants did, then it was just a case of re-booking another session for later in the day.
With most disciplines covered you could sit down and start fishing with a professional coach guiding you through a little float fishing, or feeder, or pole, and even fly fishing if you happened to join Nick on the bank. Just check out my video below of the young lad playing a carp on a fly rod!
All the action took place on the Road lake, one of four waters at the venue, which is well stocked with carp, tench, and bream, so it's perfect for beginners to get amongst the fish. Not that it's all average sized fish, as there's a few good sized specimens in there to keep you on your toes.
The coaching line up consisted of Nick Watkins, Mike Salisbury, Dave Milton, Martin Roessler, Dave Simms, and Alan Sandom, all of whom are members of the Professional Anglers Association, and some are now trustees for the KGAA.
It was great to see the kids playing and landing so many fish while getting loads of helpful instruction from the coaches, who talked them through the different disciplines and made sure they all caught. It was obvious that both children, and parents, enjoy these events as it seems quite a few have been on similar days before.
I stayed until the end and had a good chat with Nick and the other coaches, it was great to see that the next generation of anglers is in such good hands!