It has been the busiest August I have ever had with 8 NFM events, several for Positive Futures and Youth Offending Teams.
The NFM events were very well attended and we had over 120 new people come along to try their hand at angling for the first time. Puddledock did its part and provided plenty of action for the participants, mainly in the shape of carp, but with bream, roach, rudd, tench and goldfish gracing our nets.
Positive Futures are set up to provide a social inclusion and crime prevention program for youngsters. We held several events for them this summer, all very well attended.
The youngsters spent the first couple of days learning how to set up, play fish and fish welfare. Then things got a little more serious with them getting competitive and seeing who would catch the most or the largest fish of the day. As it happens one youngster caught more fish than all the others put together, conclusively winning both largest and most by the end of the course. The largest was a scraper double, going just over 10lb caught on a Nash Fish Frenzy 10mm Monster Crab boilie soaked in monster crab and crayfish dip.
We also did 5 days with youth offending teams from Basildon and Southend. These days are offered to youngsters who are showing progress and are on prevention programs.
To say we have a good laugh with these lads would be an understatement, and it can get very competitive at times. We had a thoroughly good time working with them and look forward to doing it again. We even managed to get the staff having a go and catching a few fish for the first time.