Hull and District Angling Association Carp Academy Weekend … May 2018

Hull and District Angling Association are rightly proud of their record of supporting junior angling, from their summer scorcher sessions to their pike days they are always well organised and well supported. Over the last few years some of the most popular events have been the Carp Academy weekends and it was time for the first of this years scheduled four weekends writes Daiwa Consultant Brian Skoyles.

18 juniors (12 lads and 6 lasses) were booked for the weekend and prior to their arrival it was a busy couple of hours as a team of coaches led by Derek Pye were putting up bivvies, sorting out the refreshment area and generally getting ready. With their arrival it was time to get started. Derek did the introductions, and everyone spread out around the lake to start fishing.

In truth the afternoon was slow, with no signs of the fish but things were soon to improve. There were two talks late afternoon. I gave a general talk on carp baits and Steve Turner covered all aspects of carp care. Whilst we were giving our talks, across the lake was the wonderful smell of food being cooked on the barbeque and as we finished it was time for everyone to fill their faces with delicious burgers and hotdogs. No sooner had the food disappeared than there was the sound of a buzzer, the first fish of the weekend was on its way to the net.

Up until this point the weather had been kind for the event but that was to change. I wasn’t staying overnight and as I left, the sky was darkening, and the surface of the lake was dimpled with light rain. Next morning as I arrived back at the lake, having met Julian Cundiff, at the gates, it was obvious there had been heavy rain overnight, but from Derek’s comment it hadn’t dampened enthusiasm and there had been plenty of carp caught.

We organised a coffee and joined the queue for sausage or bacon butties. As Julian got ready for his rigs talk, there was the sound of a buzzer and just like the previous evening there was a rush to watch another carp come to the net.

Julian gave his rigs talk, complete with drone camera and another interruption from another buzzer. The take had come just as Julian had finished his talk… perfect timing Jules!

Late morning it was time to gather round for the presentations and group picture.

There had been 30 runs in total, with 21 fish landed. It was the end of another terrific Hull and District AA event … The juniors had had a brilliant time, a bit wet at times but that hadn’t damped the enjoyment. Derek made a point of thanking all the helpers and I would like to echo that, they do a brilliant job and make these events very special … Top job everyone!

Brian Skoyles (May 18)