Over 45 young people travelled to Barford Lakes on Tuesday 19thJune to compete to be crowned “Champion Angler” in the Norfolk School Games, and the warm weather kept the fish feeding all day!
Liam Wagg from West Norfolk School Sport Partnership amassed an arm-aching 62lb 10oz catch as first placed winner, and the team event went to West Norfolk School Sport Partnership.
Every year the competition gets bigger and better thanks to local fishery Barford Lakes and their team of Licenced Angling Coaches and volunteers. Event Coordinator Sarah Thompson, (…herself a Licenced Level 2 Angling Coach) commented: “Norfolk has hugely talented young anglers and it was brilliant to see four girls take part AND have an all-girl team too – a clear case of #ThisGirlCan! Huge thanks to all the schools involved that supported angling for youngsters.”
James Roche, Angling Trust Partnership Development Manager added: “It was great to see so many young anglers enjoying fishing. Sarah and her volunteers do a brilliant job to help people give fishing a go, spend time outdoors and be active, and this summer is a great time to get fishing.”
Hundreds of free ‘Get Fishing’ events like this are run by the Angling Trust for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency and can be found at www.getfishing.org.uk
Note: Some fisheries will shut if the water gets too warm, as this can reduce the amount of oxygen that fish need – it’s always best to check before you set off as fish welfare always comes first. Many fisheries now use aerators all year round as well as in summer to make sure this isn’t ever a problem.