ANGLING: Bottesford association introduces youngsters to the joys of fishing on Grantham Canal

Scouts from Bottesford learn to fish.
Scouts from Bottesford learn to fish.
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Bottesford and District Angling Association recently hosted three very successful introductory coaching sessions for youngsters.

The 1st Bottesford Scouts and Waltham on the Wolds Beavers requested the sessions, to which the association committee agreed, and they were held on Grantham Canal at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir. The events were helped out by Environment Agency fisheries officer Matt Buck who kindly donated fishing tackle.

Twenty-one Bottesford Scouts turned up for the first session and they were soon whipping out small rudd, roach, bream and perch with the short, four-metre ‘whips’ provided by Matt. Bigger fish were not long in coming, including several tench in excess of 2lb. In total, the boys landed a staggering 273 fish, all of which were returned immediately to the canal.

The second session was with the Waltham Beavers who found catching fish a little more difficult with the canal water extremely clear. But they still managed to reel in 50 fish in a short space of time.

The scouts from Bottesford returned for the third session and were soon back into the fish.

Bottesford B&DAA committee members Dave Foster, Bryan Baines and Brian Cross attended a presentation at the village’s scout group last Thursday, when they gave an informative talk on fishing, tackle and the environment, and presented tackle to those interested in taking up the sport.