Woods farm fishery. A group of 10 youngsters from a local youth club.
I am actually teaching this group the NFA's Introduction to angling and the environment course, over a 15 week period. The course is 16 hours minimum classroom based course work which concludes with a 1 hour written exam and a 3 hour practical assessment.
Today’s lesson was practical whip fishing.
4.30pm the group arrived to see the kit in a circle covered by umbrellas and whips still in their wrappers (provided by the Environment Agency).
First thing we done, was change the tips from solid tips to elasticated ones. Then it was time to attach the rigs and cut them down to size and re-shot them. Also they had to change the hook so a hook length and spade end size 20 hook was needed. All this took up the first hour of a two hour lesson. ( I said that I would not check the hook knots as they would find out soon enough if it was not tied right, as the target fish were roach and crucian carp (some may think that this is unprofessional of me) But we have had several hook tying sessions in the classroom and I know they can tie hooks.
On completing their set ups off to their pegs armed with both maggots and casters. The complaints came thick and thin I can not hit these bites, can I shorten this line and so on. At the start of the session I had set a target of 10 fish each, but realising that half the lesson had been used setting up I halved this.
It took about 5 mins for the first fish to be caught but from then on the fish came regular but only two lads hit the target.
Star of the session was a young lad called Alex who caught 3 fish and was as happy as a pig in muck as this was only his 3rd time fishing.