The Green Heart of Poringland


Full House and Grand Finale

The last fourth and final Family Fishing day of the year was another remarkable success. 

Once again the free session was ‘sold-out’ weeks before the day, indeed co-ordinator Michael Graver could have filled the event twice over, such was last minute demand. 

The event progressed by kind permission of the fishery manager who opened Duffield which had not been fished during the previous week, so freeing up Gudgeon and Noble lakes for season and day ticket holders. 

The weather was ideal, not too hot with a gentle breeze blowing. 

A ‘full house’ of 16 participants took their places around the lake together with the volunteers. The bites and subsequent fish landed were less in number than in previous events but nevertheless everyone caught fish with smaller roach and perch being the main quarry with just one lovely common carp of 6ibs finding its way to the unhooking mat.  Once again everyone went home with a smile on their face. 

This was the third successive year Poringland Lakes have hosted Family Fishing events.  As in previous years all events were well supported with 59 participants of all ages taking up the opportunity to fish over the four planned fishing days held in May, June and two in August. 

“Demand for places in August was very high as parents looked for activities for their children during the summer holidays, several of whom had participated in previous years events” reported organiser Michael Graver. 

“Ages ranged from four years upwards with the majority of participants being youngsters of junior school age.  The weather was kind to us on all dates and with plenty of fish caught there were lots of happy faces as people left the lakes. 

“Special thanks must go to the volunteers who have freely given up their time, some even taking time off work to support these events and many turning up early in the morning to help set up.  Others, in addition to this have spent many hours preparing tackle and carrying out essential repairs” said Michael.

Another Amazing Day

The second of four Family Fishing days proved another resounding success with a near capacity field and lots of fish banked.  Even the odd spot of rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm and all 14 participants, young and not so young, enjoyed the fun.

Organiser John Hodgson was delighted with the event, describing it as “another amazing day”.

It was an opinion shared by all, especially some of the adults who seemed to enjoy their first taste of fishing as much as the kids.

“Thanks for a great morning” said first time visitors Gareth and Kirsty Joubert.  “and special thanks to Jonny for all his help and patience.”

The next two sessions are scheduled for Wednesday 8 August and Saturday 18 August starting at 10am.

Special Guest Opens New Family Fishing Programme 

The first of four Family Fishing Days to be held this year proved another success. 

Thankfully the thunderstorms and torrential rain forecast the previous evening failed materialise although it did put some families off as numbers were down slightly on previous events. 

Nevertheless 14 youngsters fished Duffield, all to good effect.  Everyone caught, in fact some very nice fish were banked during the two hour session, including a stunning 6lb carp coming at the very end of the session. 

The event had an added bonus when special guest, renowned angler, journalist and broadcaster John Bailey came along to present the certificates. 

John seemed genuinely impressed with the surroundings and enthusiasm of both the youngsters and volunteers. 

“This place has developed beyond all recognition since the last time I was here” said John reflecting on his visit three years ago when he opened the restored lakes and the site resembled a building site rather than a fishing lake. 

 “Well done everyone on a splendid day” added John.  “What a super team you have assembled at Poringland.” 

To mark his attendance and commitment to junior angling, John was presented with an inscribed glass plaque bearing the words “presented to John Bailey for inspiring young anglers everywhere.” 

Fittingly the presentation was made by one of the youngsters on behalf of the Association. 

More pictures from the day, compliments of in-house photographer John Hodgson, appear on the lakes’ Facebook page. 

The next two Family Fishing sessions are already full to bursting but there are a few spaces left on the Saturday 18 August event. 

For more information about Family Fishing at Poringland, please contact Michael on 07759 494840 or email him at poringlandfamilyfishing@gmail.com. 

Council Supports Family Fishing Days 

South Norfolk Council has given its support to Poringland Lakes’ Family Fishing Fun Days. 

The Council has made a grant of £100 to the Association to help publish and promote the four events scheduled to coincide with school holidays. 

The grant is one of many awarded by the Council to community groups as part of its popular 'Go for It' scheme.

"This is excellent news" said participation sub-group chairman Paul Bonham.

"The grant will enable us to take advertising space in our community magazines ahead of the events which hopefully will attract more participants."          

Last year's Family Fishing Days and similar initiatives, including Free Fishing for Kids’,  attracted 159 new anglers including 121 under-13s.  Equally pleasing is the fact that 37 of the newcomers were women or girls.

Family Fishing Changes 

There will be some minor changes in the administration of Family Fishing Days in 2018. 

Long time organiser Andy Dewar will be stepping down.  His place will be taken by Michael Graver assisted by John Hodgson.

Michael (pictured) will be the interface with the public, taking bookings and dealing with the general administration while John will concentrate on the day-to-day organisation of the events.

“Andy will be a hard act to follow” said Michael.  “The family days were his idea and his has done a brilliant job bringing together an excellent team of volunteers and creating opportunities for scores of youngsters to try their hand at fishing for the first time. 

“We intend to continue to run the Family Fishing Days along the same lines as before, after all the present system is tried and tested.  Hopefully we will be able to count on the continued support of our fishing champions, sponsors and supporters and are looking forward to the 2018 programme” added Michael.