The Green Heart of Poringland


62 Youngsters Try Angling for the First Time

Following the tremendous success of its Family Fishing Fun Days, the Association plans to repeat the popular programme next year (2017). 

During the past six months, 85 new anglers, including 62 under the age of 16, took part in the free angling sessions.  

“The family days were an unbelievable success” said Association chairman John Overton.  

“Not only will we be building on this remarkable achievement by holding more family sessions next year but, provided we can obtain funding, we plan to launch a regular junior club for under-16s on Saturday mornings.”     

Five mid-week family sessions will be held during school half terms next year running between 10am and 12.30pm.  

“Last year the midweek sessions proved by far the most popular, so we are going to hold the family days on Wednesdays next year” explained trustee Andy Dewar.  

The 2017 Family Fishing Days will be held on 12 April, 31 May, 26 July, 9 August and 23 August.  Booking arrangements will be announced in the New Year.  In the meantime, keep clicking on the Family Fishing page for more details and also news of the new junior club. 

Family Day Record

The last in the current series of Family Fishing Fun Days saw the biggest turn out yet with 25 participants, of which 20 were aged between three and 16 years.

Although the weather could not have been better for the new recruits, bright sunshine and no wind, it was not quite the same for the fishing, which was extremely slow.  Unfortunately not everyone managed to catch but that's fishing sometimes.  

Catches ranged from small roach, skimmers and the best fish, a tench of around 1lb 8oz caught by Jack.

Despite the lack of fish everyone enjoyed themselves, with the added benefit of a hot snack wagon, which also had cold drinks which were a welcome bonus.

Thanks must again go to all the fishing champions, volunteers, coaches and James Lewis from the Angling Trust who assisted with the running of the event. Also to Peter at PW Angling who again provided the bait.

A special thank you to wildlife photographer Liz Dack who again provided her photography skills and pictures.

Thanks must also go to stand-in volunteers Terry Bellotti and Brian Gladden, who both offered their help when asked.  Without them assisting all the participants would have been difficult.

The Family Fishing Days have been a huge success and further dates are planned so please watch this page where they will be advertised. In the meantime if you do go and get your own fishing tackle you will be welcome at the lakes.   

More Newcomers Try Fishing for the First Time

The third Family Fishing Day of the current series of four took place on a blustery day with just the odd light shower of rain. 

Twelve youngsters between the ages of four and 13 years took part together with one adult.  Most had never fished before.  All enjoyed themselves catching a range of fish from roach, tench and carp, sizes varying from small to approximately four pounds.  

Sam aged nine had caught small roach before his perseverance paid off when he hooked and landed with a little help, a common carp of between around four pounds.  Not to be outdone his older brother Ollie, 11 years, then hooked and landed a common carp of equal size. Both were very happy with their catches.

Right at the end of the event when most of the participants had left Tristan, aged eight, also hooked into a common carp.  Aided by fishing champion Paul and Ray Nobel, he also landed a common carp of similar size.

Thanks must again go to all the fishing champions, coach and volunteers, without their help the event would not be possible.  Special thanks goes to photographer Liz Dack who was again on hand to record the excitement and to Peter at PW Angling of Long John Hill, Norwich who again provided the bait free of charge.

Under-10s Shine in Family Fishing Five

Family Fishing 5 produced another full house with 19 novice anglers trying their hand at the sport, most for the first time.  

The decision to hold the first ever midweek event proved a big hit, especially with young families.  Consequently the age profile was much lower than previous sessions with no fewer than ten under-10s picking up a whip for the first time.  

Once again, under the watchful eye of Angling Trust coaches and the lakes’ fishing champions, everyone managed to catch.  

Although ‘specimen’ fish were harder to come by this time round, enthusiastic and committed nine-year-old Joseph, making his fourth appearance in five events, caught some nice carp and bream while six-year-old Hayden couldn’t hide his delight as he bagged a handsome tench.  

Once again, top photographer Liz Dack was on hand to record all the excitement.  

Team Expands  

As the Family Fun days becoming increasingly popular, so the team of volunteers and helpers has expanded to keep pace with demand.  

Not only does the Association now have eight Angling Trust accredited ‘Fishing Champions’  but the PCFLA is also able to call on the services of three Angling Trust coaches who are regularly on hand to offer advice and guidance, and follow-up one-to-one coaching sessions if required.

“Without the support and commitment of our wonderful team of helpers, the Fun Days would simply not be possible” said Lakes’ president Dave Gudgeon.  

Family Fun Day Full House 

The fourth in the 2016 series of Family Fishing Fun Days proved the most successful yet with a ‘full house’ of participants, some glorious summer sunshine and loads of fish to catch.  

Once again everyone caught fish and seemed to enjoy the day.  

Speaking for many, local Mum Claire said “We all enjoyed ourselves.  Thanks to all the team for all their help and advice.  The children are already talking about when they can go again!” 

Highlight of the day was a monumental battle between a local youngster making his first ever fishing trip and a feisty carp that refused to be beaten!  Aided by Angling Trust coaches Gary Peppercorn and Eric Peak, the trio managed to land the 7lb carp after a titantic battle lasting almost an hour.  

And no one was more pleased to see the fish on the bank than coach Gary whose arm was almost dropping off after the long struggle.  

“On light gear with just three pounds line, I was anxious that we didn’t lose the fish” explained Gary.  “Still the smile on young man’s face as we got the carp onto the bank was simply priceless” said a delighted Gary.  

But the biggest catches were not restricted to the boys. Making a return visit after enjoying a previous Fun Day, nine year old Enya caught a cracking tench to add to a similarly impressive pike she caught on her first visit.  

Co-ordinator Ray Noble was delighted with the turn out.  “We had a full house of 20 people fishing, their ages varying from four-year-old Zachary to 70 plus granddad John.  It was a brilliant day.  I must thank all our coaches, fishing champions and helpers.  Without their support, we could never run these events” added Ray.  

Further events will be held on Wednesday 3 August, Saturday 20 August and Wednesday 31 August.   

Family Fun Days Proving a Huge Success  

Poringland Lakes’ Family Fishing Fun Days are proving a resounding success.  

Planned to coincide with the school summer holidays, the four event schedule is proving extremely popular, so much so that one session, on Wednesday 3 August, is already fully booked.  

“The response has been amazing” said head bailiff Ray Noble.

As a result, the Association is well on the way to achieving its objectives of introducing 80 local youngsters to fishing for the first time.  

“These are real family occasions” said co-ordinator Andy Dewar.  “Not only do the kids have a go a fishing for the first time but if the weather is kind, many families bring along a picnic and make a real day of it.  And the best bit is that’s it’s all free!”  

The four sessions will be held on Saturday 23 July, Wednesday 3 August, Saturday 20 August and Wednesday 31 August and run from 10am to 1pm.

To reserve your place on any of the above sessions, please ring head bailiff Ray Noble on 01508 493200.

Top Official Praises Family Fishing Fun Days

One of the region’s best known angling administrators has praised Poringland Lakes for successfully delivering the recent Family Fishing Fun Days.

Mark Casto, who is chairman of the communication and education subgroup for the Broads Angling Strategy group and an Angling Trust level two coach, was full of praise for the new initiative to get more youngsters into fishing.

“That was a great family fishing event series and, considering the conditions weather wise, a fantastic result all round” said Mark enthusiastically.  

“It was wonderful to see so many youngsters catching fish for the first time and their happy smiles when they got their certificates and had photos taken.  

“I'm very pleased with the way Poringland Lakes is promoting angling in such a positive way and really looking forward to running coaching sessions for your new recruits.  

“When you have obtained Fish Mark I think you will be one of the best fishing lakes and organisations promoting angling and conservation in the region.  

“Over the years I have worked with many angling clubs and organisations but it’s refreshing to work with such a professional and well run organisation.  

“I am very impressed and wish you all the best for the coming year” concluded Mark.  

Another Memorable Day  

Poringland Lakes celebrated another highly successful Family Fishing Fun Day when 14 new anglers, including 11 youngsters under the age of 12, braved the elements to enjoy a great day’s fishing  

Despite the changeable weather, moving from hail and rain to sunny intervals, all managed to catch at least one fish but more importantly everyone had a good time.  And to top it all, there were some memorable catches including a 3lb tench, some good carp - and a monster that got away!  

Once again the session was supervised by James Lewis of the Angling Trust, supported by Poringland Lakes own ‘fishing champions’ Andy Dewar and Ryan Westgarth together with well known specialists Mark Casto and Eric Peak.  

Bailiff Ray Noble was thrilled with the turnout.  “It’s long been a dream of mine to see local youngsters having a go at fishing but the last four weeks has exceeded even my wildest expectations” said Ray somewhat emotionally.  

“To see the smiles on the children’s faces has been simply wonderful” smiled Ray.  “The Family Fishing Fun days have been an enormous success and something to really build on for the future” he added.  

All in all, 29 people attended the three sessions, their ages ranging from 5 to over 70 years.  But the most pleasing statistic of all was the fact that 24 of the 29 were under-12 and most of those had never fished before.  

Following the tremendous success of Family Fishing Fun Days, the organisers are looking to stage more events, this time in the Summer school holidays.  

“Although it’s early days, we are looking to hold four more sessions in August, said trustee Andy Dewar.  

Rain Fails to Dampen Enthusiasm

In contrast to the previous week when budding anglers were bathed in sunshine, the second Family Fishing Fun Day threatened to be a damp squid.

Persistent rain, heavy at times, failed to dampen the enthusiasm of three intrepid youngsters who braved the elements to sample their first taste of fishing.

A competition developed between them to see who would catch the most fish. After the soggy session, a total of 42 fish were caught, ranging from small roach and skimmers, to a crucian carp of about 1 1/2lb and a very nice bream of around 3lbs.

“Although the weather was totally different from last week, I think I can say that everyone really enjoyed themselves” said local fishing ‘champion’ Andy Dewar.  “Thanks must also go to the volunteers and coaches.  Without them running the event would not have been possible” he added.  

Once again top photographer Elizabeth Dack was on hand to capture all the action.  We extend our sincere thanks to Liz, not only for giving up her time but coming along to support the youngsters.

A Brilliant Day

“A brilliant day!”  

That was the unanimous verdict on Poringland Lakes’ first ever Family Fishing Day.  

The first of four weekly sessions was well attended with 18 participants, ranging in age from five to over 70 and virtually all having their first taste of angling, enjoyed a memorable day.

During the two and half hour session, all successfully caught fish, ranging from small roach and skimmers, tench and carp to 4lb.  To top it all, one young lady took a decent pike which was caught on a whip and a size 18 hook using a single red maggot – and she managed to net it with no help whatsoever.  

Trustee and local ‘fishing champion’ Andy Dewar was thrilled with the event.  

“I think I can say that all attending the event really enjoyed themselves as did the organisers and volunteers. Thanks must also go to James Lewis from the Angling Trust who helped put together the event and in the running of today.  Roll on next Saturday.  Here’s hoping for an equally nice day weatherwise and for another good turnout." 

Fellow ‘champion’ Ryan Westgarth was equally delighted with the day.

“To see the smile on the children’s faces was simply priceless” said Ryan.  “Most of them had never fished before so it was great to see them catching.  Several have already asked about attending future sessions.”  

All of the youngsters were enthusiastically supported by family and friends.  

"What a beautiful sunny day we had” said one grandmother.  “The children and adults really enjoyed the help and tips given by the professionals.  

Seeing that young lady  catch a pike was wonderful.   Thank you to all the volunteers and organisers who gave up their time making it a lovely enjoyable and educational experience."

But perhaps the best comment came from eight-year-old Jamie.  

Asked what he thought about the day, Jamie summed it up beautifully.  “That was awesome” he shouted at the top of his voice, his face lit up by the biggest smile you had ever seen.  

At the end of the two and a half hour session, all the participants were presented with a certificate to mark their achievements.  

PW Support

Inspired by the Family Fishing Fun Days, local tackle dealer PW Angling kindly provided all the bait totally free of charge.  

“That was a wonderful gesture by owner Pete Wood“ said head bailiff Ray Noble.  “I am sure the fresh bait was a key factor in so many of the kids catching” he added.