The Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) in partnership with the Environment Agency held an angling taster day with free coaching last Wednesday (28th October 2009) on the River Wensum at Riverside Road, Norwich, between Carrow Bridge and the footbridge at the turning basin.
Despite the event being organised at short notice for the half term holiday, the weather was good and five juniors and six adults received tuition and demonstrations on pole, stick float, waggler and feeder fishing. These were delivered by coaches Dennis Willis and Judy Ford (NACA,) Graham Gamble (Environment Agency,) Tony Gibbons (Norwich & District Angling Association,) Paul Cordy (Cordy’s Tackle Den) and Tom Boulton.
In addition, there were demonstrations of differing pike fishing methods and handling. These were delivered by John Currie and friends from the Norwich Pike Angling Club. Several pike to 6lb were caught, which allowed the demonstrators to show the correct way to handle and unhook.
All of those who attended caught fish. For most, this resulted in their first ever catch of roach and some nice perch to 1lb 8oz. A twelve year old boy, shown in the picture above, had a 2lb 8oz bream. He had previously caught his first ever fish at the NACA Bawburgh Lakes fishery open day three years ago and has been a keen angler ever since.
NACA would like to thank Angling Direct and Sensas Groundbaits for providing bait, Morrison’s for facilitating car parking on the day and Norwich City Council. This thanks is also extended to all coaches and demonstrators who helped make the day a success.