This year Chippenham Angling Club was pleased to be involved in the 2013 Splash fishing event organised by the Wiltshire Police along with the help of Peter Duke from Get Hooked on Fishing that supplied seat boxes and equipment to use.
This year it was held on Friday 16th August at Chippenham Angling Clubs Pockeridge lakes where both the Chippenham level 2 coaches Alex Hyde and Kevin Williams were in attendance. We were lucky as the weather held off for the day and we were blessed with gorgeous sunshine and around 25 children both girls and boys ranging from as young as 8 to 15 attended. The party was split into three groups where each group participated in angling coaching, wilderness adventures and learning to fish the old fashion way with wooden poles made from trees changing every 40 minutes so they each got a chance to experience what was on offer.
Lucky for us the fish were in the feeding mood and the coaches set about using a simple pole and maggot approach fishing relatively close in. Within minutes small roach and rudd were being caught all along the bank and it was not long before some larger roach and perch showed up. Both Alex and Kevin had carefully selected two pegs with the aim of targeting some of the big carp that live in the lake and after a steady feeding pattern over an hour or so signs that they were in the area started to show, so armed with some stronger more durable tackle Alex took one lucky young lad to the awaiting swim.
Swapping the maggot approach for a larger paste type bait, the float was lowered in near some margin weed cover, by this time the presents of larger fish in the swim was very noticeable with the weeds shaking as the fished moved through them. They did not have to wait long until the float shot away and they were in to a very strong mirror carp that made a dash straight for the weeds, luckily with some constant side strain the carp was pulled free and soon into the awaiting landing net. Not to be out done Kevin on seeing the activity soon swapped his attack and took another keen young angler to his awaited carp peg and soon enough another carp was safely in the landing net.
Throughout the day the fish kept coming with everyone that turned up catching a few fish and surprising also allot of carp showed including a 12lb Common Carp that moved into Alex’s carp swim later on in the day so all in all a very productive day that was enjoyed by all.
All photos are supplied from splash.
Get Hooked on fishing was set up in 2000 by a policeman in County Durham who used his passion for angling to engage local young people in a rewarding activity that would divert them from anti-social behaviour. Get Hooked on Fishing is now a national charity whose aim is to create opportunities for young people - building a brighter future for them, their families and the local community. We seek to achieve this by delivering fun and interactive activities centred around the sport of angling. Our first ever event in Wiltshire was held in conjunction with Chippenham Angling Club and Splash Wiltshire and was a great success... We hope to be able to organise and run more events like this across the county next year and we would love to hear from any anglers who might be interested in volunteering to help organise and attend these events.