I’m involved with a group called Hampstead and Highgate Angling Society which is working to preserve access for anglers on Hampstead Heath. There is some great fishing on the Heath but recently some areas you used to be able to fish have been closed off.
We’re offering tuition to local schools and these sessions have proved very popular. The first one got under way on the Boating Pond at Highgate in heavy rain, but this was no deterrent to the children:
Everyone caught plenty of fish and enjoyed themselves:
After a while the rain stopped as the youngsters carried on learning new skills and enjoying the fresh air and peaceful surroundings:
A couple of weeks later we ran another session. It was quite hard going with fewer fish biting. Catch of the day was a large perch – by a young girl trying fishing for the first time:
This boy was equally happy catching small rudd:
Let’s hope we can preserve this brilliant London angling venue for the next generation of anglers.
For more details about Hampstead and Highgate Angling Society, please contact chairman Bob Gibbs – email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07946-630045