West & Fens: A little coaching in the basics can go a long way

It's summer again – well, for a week or two at least. It's also the school holidays – meaning an upsurge in the numbers of young anglers on the banks.

When I was a youngster, half the lads at school went fishing. You see a lot less these days, prompting fears for the longer-term future of our sport.

But you still get the odd problem caused by birds becoming entangled in snagged or discarded tackle. More often than not, this is down to inexperience.

Some of the trees along the rivers I fished as a kid were festooned with floats, feeders and spinners, showing how much pocket money found its way into the local tackle shop.

Basic watercraft can help newcomers young and old lose less gear. A little coaching to equip them with some of the basics can go a long way when it comes to getting more enjoyment from fishing.

King's Lynn AA are holding an introductory event at Shepherd's Port, Snettisham, on Saturday (10am – 5pm).

Part of National Fishing Week, it's free to take part and all tackle and bait are provided by the club.

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Shepherd's Lake has been producing plenty of smaller fish of late. Organiser Bill Morris said the event was aimed at everyone, from nine to 90, and the aim was to get everyone catching. Give him a call on 01553 764163 to book.

Things have picked up slightly on the Middle Level, with bream, skimmers and silver fish coming from the St Germans end of the drain.

Less activity on the Ouse, although roach have been showing around the less-fished area at Danby Drove.