We have just concluded another exciting Sport Fishing Training (Beginner) with our young anglers. Over six two-hour sessions, they were trained on the basics of Sport Fishing. From gear to lure, fish landing to fish handling, we cover all that they need to continue the sport confidently by pairing our lessons and research on the species they wish to target.
Our training sessions begin with apprehensive young boys and girls who are keen to fish but uncertain as to what they got themselves into. Sport Fishing is a lot more than putting bait on a hook and waiting for a fish to bite, that is of course the most common perception of the term Fishing. It is also about understanding the body of water, weather, fish species and where do we locate them, how do we lure them (there are endless ways to do this!), various fishing techniques and most of all, releasing them back safely by being aware of their anatomy and need for water. Respecting the fish is key and teamwork is very necessary for a safe and fun day fishing and learning together. We invite parents to come and support their child or better still, fish with them. We get much better results from a session when parents and children fish together.
It is through our tours and training sessions that we share with many about the possibility of the ocean running out of fish and how, if they wish to help, they could, in reversing the damage; mainly through responsible fishing and support of sustainably caught Seafood. We can all do our part, and for our team, it is through spreading awareness and training the future generation.
We have completed so many sessions over the last two years and this hands down was the toughest one for me personally. Out of the five, we had three young anglers from Korea, two of which spoke very little English but were excited to learn the sport. Every week on Friday night, I would look for solutions on how to train them in a language we could all understand. “Saving the ocean” is not a topic too easy to describe, ideally an “Under the Sea” prop which we destroy by hand then rebuild could give the best visual example. We do not have a prop (perhaps we should have one now!) so how do I go about the lesson?
Every week on this term I discovered even more, how amazing Fishing is, the only sport that brings us and nature so close together, nature that we otherwise would know nothing of beneath the surface of ripples we see in the rivers and oceans. Naturally, all they needed to do every week was catch fish. The same adrenaline all anglers feel and appreciate, the adrenaline that we crave when we stop fishing for too long; it is that same adrenaline that inspired each child to fish, handle and release the fish responsibly. Language did not matter.
On the sixth and final session, a test is set forth and I get anxious. The test is not just for the young anglers but for our team too. For us to determine if all our hard work training them has paid off, if the five boys are now able to go out there and truly fish on their own.
It was not easy, but five more young anglers are now able to go out there, work together setting up their gears and lures, fish safely without guidance, land fish carefully, take a photo within three seconds and release the fish successfully, ensuring it is in the water (recovery pool) throughout most of the time before release. Our young anglers completing the session successfully has made our entire week!
We could not have asked for a better group, they worked together well, helping each other achieve all tasks they were set out to do, each with their own strengths. From discomfort of holding a fish at the start, to swiftly handling and releasing fish in the end. Well done boys!! We are very proud of your achievements!
We keep our training group small and work around the strengths and weaknesses of each child. More than just our family-friendly fishing trip, sign up for our training programmes (minimum two young anglers to run) and get your child hooked on a sport that takes them, as I always say it, one step closer to sharing a relationship with nature… and not just their iPads.
The lack of nature in a child’s growing up years is a problem, there are far too many books, research papers, articles that have been written to highlight how the world of gadgets take away an essential part of growing up for kids and how nature compensates for a lot of problems a child goes through today. For some, activities in nature takes the place of Ritalin as a treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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2 thoughts on “Sport Fishing Training (Beginner)”
Listened to your interview on 89.9 earlier n must say it went pretty well….was interesting, clear, knowledgeable and articulate. Congrats n do keep up the good work , especially with children,👍👌
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking time to drop by on our page, cheering on our training program with the youth. Hope to fish with you one day Tony! – Shamin