Within many articles that I’ve reported on over the years, as a keen angler I’ve very often touched on the importance of encouraging youngsters and newcomers to the world of match angling.
Recognised as a pastime within angling circles that is so vast with its huge demands and amount of time and dedication needed, match fishing with the many hours of preparation is noted as very exciting.
But it can all be so painstakingly off-putting to any newcomer if, for instance, there was to be no success of any kind.
With an immense pressure on the open circuit or to be fair any match, experiencing the feeling of failure if regularly beaten off the next peg by fellow competitors for any newcomer it can be, quite simply, very disheartening.
As experienced rods offer as much advice as possible towards making sure youngsters today feel their way into the game slowly, some sound advice towards gaining some experience on the competition stakes at a club level is something that is valued towards anyone actually moving on and joining the open match scene.
It’s a thought that was with me this week, as I had great pleasure of presenting a huge display of fantastic trophies at the Alliance Leicester AGM awards evening on Monday.
As readers will recognise from week to week, the match reports from this group of very experienced anglers are very impressive, but even with this many veteran members have simply chosen to stay where they have found camaraderie and fun is at its best, in the club.
Once again, the honour was mine being amongst so many old friends, but it was also nice to see so many newcomers to this thriving club present on an evening that I always look forward to.
No stranger to receiving the club’s top honours again this year was 22-year-old Jamie Bradshaw from Southport.
A member of the club since a boy, Jamie’s progress to his top ranking position within it, along with his whole contribution as a member, his dedication underlined everything that is valued within the club and was one that was championed by every member present as he picked up so many trophies.
On the bank, Downholland’s Mistral Lake again saw some fantastic sport undertaken by a strong field of top rods.
Steve Boyd took the honours in this one with a winning net of carp to 7lb taken with maggot at 16m for 76lb.
Keith Wilson took 68.10.0 on bread for second with Jamie Hughes third with 59.6.0 on maggot.
On the canal this week the Liverpool District AA stocking programme continued within its aim at replenishing fish stocks that have again been severely damaged by visiting cormorants.
Some 1000lb of quality roach were introduced into the canal within the Maghull Town length in the hope that the protection within the built-up area may offer a stable environment for the fish as they find their way before dispersing throughout the local lengths.