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Junior Angling.

ColinT

ColinT
Total Posts: 10
Joined: May 29, 2015

What's the thought regarding the state of Junior Angling at present.
We have just had the 2015 Junior & Intermediate Nationals and there was only 6 Intermediate teams of 6 & 12 Junior teams of 6.
Is it the Computer generation who just sit and ply computer games or parents not taking kids out.

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Posted on July 24, 2015 at 11:03 AM

bobrich5295

bobrich5295
Total Posts: 99
Joined: June 15, 2015

Re: Junior Angling.

I think the lack of young people is one of the biggest threats to the future of angling. Most of the youngsters coming in just seem to want to catch a 30 or 40lb carp from a commercial, not good imo.

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 8:31 AM

gb123

gb123
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Joined: June 14, 2015

Re: Junior Angling.

Think you are right there Bob, rarely do you see youngsters on a river or canal, certainly in my area. Transport could be a problem for them, and you don't see many dads and lads out. Not knocking carp fishing, I have done a lot of it and still do some, but you have to say it can be like watching paint dry and there is comparatively little skill to it, I now always have one float rod out if fishing two rods to keep me awake, and give me a river or canal any day.

Commercials are great if you have had a few duff days on the river and just want to catch some fish, but each to there own as they say, do what you enjoy doing. Commercials are very predictable.

The nice thing about the river is you never know what you might catch next, and the biggest fish are not always the fish of a lifetime. I think kids would prefer this, we all know they get bored in about ten seconds and fishing a float they are at least doing something all the time, problem is getting them there.

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 10:53 AM

gudgeonbasher

gudgeonbasher
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Joined: June 29, 2015

Re: Junior Angling.

have to agree gb123

when I get to take my son fishing he generally wants to go to a local carp water cos he is pretty much guaranteed to catch.
parking and access to rivers and canals is generally a problem as u are leaving your car in public places or in a quiet lay by where you cant see it, and all the negative press rivers and canals have received don't help either.

personally I prefer rivers and canals but the security of a fishery when your with youngsters is what appeals

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Lee

Lee
Total Posts: 85
Joined: June 8, 2015

Re: Junior Angling.

I remember as a youngster being a member of the B'ham Starlets which was run by the BAA's own Kenneth Aske. We used to fish every week and fish the nationals, etc. There were far more members then but then again there were junior clubs. How many people are there out there like Kenneth who are prepared to give up every weekend for other people's children? The lack of opportunities for youngsters to fish means they will never taste what it has to offer. Perhaps the BAA could look at young angler days in the summer where kids could just turn up and have a crack on one of the venues. Yes, it would be a pain and need organising but that's not to say it couldn't be done otherwise angling is going to die out.

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM

DavidH

DavidH
Total Posts: 221
Joined: August 23, 2015

Re: Junior Angling.

I think health and safety and insurance has helped in the decline of junior matches, Its the world gone mad. I was also a member of the junior starlets and what a great club it was it brought through some great talent kids, who have gone on to represent England at junior and senior levels. A big thank you to Ken and Janice for some amazing years, and all the friends I made back then. You also had the likes of sandwell council who used to run there passport to angling with Ken Duffel and Dave Webb. I used to love float making with Dave and still remind him even today If I'm lucky enough to see him on the bank. Its sad that these council funded schemes are long gone and kids of today are missing some wonderful experiences.

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 9:24 AM

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