With all the talk about recruitment of youngsters into angling, then events like the Hull and District Pike and Carp Academies have to be a brilliant example of how to go about it. Organiser Derek Pye has invited me to these fishing days for several years now and I have been only too pleased to attend. Year on year the numbers have grown and these days the problem is more about how to accommodate the numbers than will anyone want to come along.
The Pike days are a mix of static deadbait fishing and searching the various lakes on the complex with lures. There are always plenty of snacks and hot drinks and lots of excitement when either a buzzer sounds, or a lure is attacked.
I was speaking to Derek and he’s rightly proud of the progress that has been made with the Pike Academies, it’s a great example of an Angling Association and the Pike Anglers Club working together to foster links with the local community to promote both angling and pike care.
For the record Derek said …
““Coarse fishing is predominantly a spring and summer pursuit, with many species becoming less active as temperatures fall in autumn. To maintain young people’s interest and extend their angling experiences; H&DAA organise pike fishing days throughout the colder months. This series of events we call ‘Predator Academy’ and is run in partnership with the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain. Their members are all experienced pike anglers and provide the expert knowledge and techniques required to fish for, land and safely return these toothy predators.”
They have been running since winter 2009 and we hold one each month from October through to March. There are regularly 35+ attendees at each session, of which 20 are keen youngsters. This winter the series has attracted some 110 attendances from 54 different participants. Attendees use lure fishing and dead-bait techniques and this winter’s series has produced around a dozen pike to 15lb.
In a few weeks it will be time for the First Carp Academy of 2019 and once again Hull and District’s Grebe Lake will be full of excited youngsters waiting for the sound of a buzzer, another Hull and District event for us all to look forward to.
Well done to all involved!
Brian Skoyles (March 2019)