YOUNGSTERS have been drawn in hook, line and sinker into the fun of fishing.
Six children from the Stoney Lane estate, Lightcliffe, have started a five-week course with the Brighouse Angling Association.
The course was organised by PC Chris Madden who patrols the area to keep the youngsters entertained during the summer holidays.
They were shown one of three types of fishing whip and pole to catch roach, bream, rudd, tench or carp.
They were also told to be careful of weils disease and to stay away from the water itself so they don’t fall in.
PC Madden said he wanted to give them the opportunity to try new things. “I wanted to get them out of the area where they live and set them a challenge to do something different. I have been working with the kids to hopefully get them into fishing which they can come and do on a regular basis afterwards as opposed to hanging around on the streets bored. They have really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next few weeks.”
The course ties in with National Fishing month. Coach Clive Milsom said they had been running courses for the last six years but that they had become more popular recently.
“Beginners and improvers are always welcome at Brookfoot Fisheries - canal, pond and lake. Anyone who is interested need to book in by calling 01274 875968 or 07759682526.”
The courses can even lend themselves to adults who wish to take up fishing. Simon Thornton attended with his son Jack, 12, six years ago.
“I had never been fishing before and now I spend most of my time here,” said Simon who lives in Rastrick. “The benefits of learning to fish is it teaches the children concentration as well as getting working in a group with other people and gets them out in the fresh air away from the TV and computer screens.”
For more information about the club visit: www.brighouseangling.co.uk