First time fishing

Charlie came along with his dad Derek to try fishing for the first time. He had seen people fishing on his local canal and thought it looked like fun.

One of the first things he learned was how to bait the hook with a maggot. Not as easy as it looks and requires patience:

Baiting the hook

Once that was accomplished, the fish proved obliging. Here is Charlie with his first ever fish, a roach:

Charlie's roach

(I like the digital watch and Space Invaders tee shirt – that technology was brand new when I was his age!)

While Charlie fished, Derek was more interested in the FT:

Father and son fishing
Whip fishing

The roach is a fish that keeps your grey matter ticking over. We were getting plenty of bites but only connecting with a small proportion of them. To keep on catching, Charlie had to experiment with his fishing depth and the timing of his strike:

Roach on the whip

Next job was learning to use rod and reel:

Learning to use rod and reel

Then it was time to try the waggler rig. As usual, this proved tricky at first, with many stray casts, missed bites and lost fish. When Charlie eventually brought in a roach, it was evidence that his fishing skills were improving:

Roach on waggler