The Green Heart of Poringland


Another Happy and Exciting Day

The last Family Fishing Day of the year was held today.  Unfortunately expected numbers were well down with some prior cancellations and a number of ‘no shows’ on the day. 

However the disappointment was tempered by some happy, smiling faces around the lake, with all the participants catching, some more than others.

It was one of the lakes’ Kingfisher Club members Scarlett, who showed the rest how it should be done, including her father and older brother who were also participating on the day. 

Scarlett landed two very nice carp, with just a very little help of the volunteers, who again turned out in force to run the day again. 

Unfortunately this is the last Family Fishing day for this year but they will return next year starting around the Easter holidays, so keep your eyes out for the posters, flyers and posts on the lakes web page and Facebook. Roll on 2018! 

Parents Delighted 

Once again, parents seemed to have enjoyed the day as much as the children fishing. 

Their appreciation was best summed up by Mark and Anna whose children Barney and Henry enjoyed their first taste of fishing. 

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for a great morning at the family fishing event today. The location was lovely and peaceful, and catching the fish was exciting but, most of all, the volunteers who worked with us were just wonderful. They were incredibly patient and informative and were able to make fishing accessible to the whole family, even an over excited five year-old! 

"In fact all the volunteers there today were friendly and helpful.  Although we were nervous when we arrived, having little experience of fishing, we were welcomed with enthusiasm and quickly put at ease.  We have been inspired and will definitely be visiting the lakes again very soon. Thanks again”

Organisers Pleased Too 

Coach Mark Casto was equally pleased. 

“I've really enjoyed all the Family Fishing Days.  It's been brilliant watching the mums and dads and the juniors all catching fish, most for the first time.  I must say a massive thank you to the whole team for all the hard work and efforts they have put in to make it happen for everyone”

“It was another great day.  It’s a shame it's the last one of the year. It's fantastic to see the children especially with huge smiles as their patience pays off with some stunning fish. Duffield Lake once again came up trumps when it was needed. Congratulations to all the participants who have taken part over the five sessions. Hopefully we will see a few of them on the bank in the future” said Ryan.

Another Successful Family Day 

The latest Family Fishing Day, the third in the five event series, proved another resounding success with virtually a full house in attendance, ages ranging from five years through to mid 70s. 

An overcast day with just a hint of rain in the air proved ideal conditions.  All 18 beginners managed to catch a bagful of fish.  Pride of place went to young Sophie (10) who included some quality roach in her 49 fish haul.  Ironically grandfather Mike, himself a novice angler, was fishing in the next peg but could only manage a mere 26 fish! 

Organiser Andy Dewar was delighted with the day. 


“I believe everyone, including the Mums and Dads, had a very enjoyable day - as our picture shows!" said Andy.

Record Breaking Family Fishing Day

Poringland Lakes’ latest Family Fishing Day broke all records.  So popular are the free events proving that organisers had to add another session to the programme, in effect doubling up on the day’s activities with both a morning and afternoon session. 

Once again the event attracted a wide spectrum of the community ranging in age from four to 74.  With conditions ideal, all 26 participants managed to catch fish ranging from small roach to bigger bream and tench.  One youngster landed a very nice crucian carp. 

Organiser Andy Dewar was delighted with the turnout. 

“Another successful day with 26 beginners taking part on a fine sunny day, our highest number to date” beamed Andy. 

“Everyone really enjoyed themselves.  Thanks must go to our wildlife photographer Liz Dack who again provided her photography skills and pictures.

“Liz even found time to capture some of the lakes’ wonderful wildlife including a grass snake swimming across the lake, some beautiful foxgloves in flower and dragon and damselflies enjoying the sunshine. 

“Yet again special thanks must also go to all the volunteers who turned out to assist with running the event and to Peter at PW Angling who again provided the bait free of charge” said a delighted Andy.

Parents Impressed 

Parents accompanying their children at Family Fishing Two were really impressed with the day. 

“We just wanted to say thank you very much to you and your team for organising such a lovely morning’s fishing yesterday at the Poringland Lakes” said Mike and Mary Parsons. 

“We were very impressed with the whole setup.  Sophie and Joe really enjoyed themselves, and what a really nice touch, to give all the kids a certificate.  We hope to come and see you again in the very near future.

It was a view shared by Stacy Robertson (pictured above).  “We had an absolutely amazing day yesterday. Thank you so much” said Stacy who was so inspired that she even tried her hand at fishing – with some success! 

Claire Gray also commented saying “Thank you.  Harrison had a great afternoon with you and was so proud of what he had learnt and what he caught! 

Family Full House

The first of five scheduled Family Fishing Fun Days was heralded as a resounding success. 

A full complement of 20 participants took part, their ages ranging from 5 to 79. 

Under the watchful eye of Poringland Lakes own fishing champions, everyone managed to catch, many youngsters netting over a dozen fish a piece. 

The honour of the biggest fish went to eight year old Harris who bagged a pristine 5lb 6oz common carp, closely followed by Elliott who notched a nice common around the 5lb mark. 

Hard working organiser Andy Dewar was delighted with the day. 

“Despite some light rain just before the end, everyone caught seemed to enjoy the session” said Andy. 

One delighted Mum echoed Andy’s sentiments.  “The girls absolutely loved it” she said.  “Everyone was so welcoming and we had a lovely day.  I can’t believe it’s all free” she exclaimed.