Blog Posts by Carl Gee
Wheelock Angling Junior's Day
Angling Society invited its youngest members along for the annual Junior
Fish-in at Cotton Complex, Cheshire. The
annual event is held in memory of popular former club member Matthew Booth, who
died aged 29 ten years ago, and was founded to pass on the angling baton to the
The weekend started with a 10am draw for pegs and the 19 young anglers taking part began a 24 hour race to catch the biggest haul and the biggest single catch. Dads and Grandads were on hand to help and to pass on their knowledge and experience to their young proteges.
As well as the keenly fought competition, the youngsters were treated to coaching sessions and a group barbecue on the bank. The event was supported by Total Carp, Bait Factory and Rig It Tackle, who provided prizes and free gifts for the children taking part. Each young angler was also presented with a free year's club membership.
Oliver Manning, one of the club's youngest members, managed to catch three carp at 22lb 8oz, 18lb and 16lb, taking first place for the biggest overall catch. The trophy for the biggest fish of the event went to teenager Jack Merner for a 23lb 2oz common carp.
Committee member and organiser David Raine said the weekend had been a huge success, despite a forecast for heavy rain that fortunately failed to materialise: "These young people are the future of our sport and we want to do whatever we can to support them and pass on the enjoyment of fishing," he said. "Everyone had a great weekend and next year's event is already pencilled into the diary."
By Carl Gee