Cumbrian Fishing Festival and the ladies enjoy mullet madness
Saturday the ladies from the North East enjoyed their first sea event on the fly at the Cumbrian Fishing Festival. Who better to spend a day learning to catch mullet on the fly with than salt water specialist, AAPGAI Master/FFF Lee Cummings
The day started at 10am with an introduction to salt water fishing, casting techniques and safety talk before the
ladies started their quest of trying to hook the notoriously difficult to catch thick lipped mullet using flies tied by their accompanying coach/instructor Paul Little AAPGAI Master.
The ladies could not have asked for a better forecast, sunshine allowed the ladies their first opportunity to fish in shorts this year. Mullet was spotted quickly, but the chances of catching were hampered by the warm breeze off the sea, which meant that the ladies had to roll cast off their wrong shoulder this was a first for most. Anne Woodcock event organisor from Ladies Fishing said “all ladies attending are new to salt water fishing, one of the ladies only picked up a fly rod 4 days ago. The ladies
are being introduced to new techniques in a fun and friendly environment with tuition from 2 respected angling instructors in the UK”
Afternoon all ladies donned their waders ready for the evening fish, and they were not to be disappointed seeing mullet enter the location they then had the task of placing a delicate line onto the water and not spooking the other fish. We were in luck Anne was the first to hook a mullet, the mullet ran fast and hard
taking her line down to the backing. So it was “fish on” and now the pressure was on to land the mullet, steering the fish and regaining as much line as you can. Fish number one landed, beaming smiles, encouragement and cheers from all the ladies, including our instructors. “Such a magical experience”.
Our last casts into a setting sunset and Emily a keen salmon fisherwomen, hooked the second of our fish whilst the sun was starting to set. Emily said “the excitement of having a mullet on the end of your line beat the 18lb salmon I caught last year”
So with the sun setting over Cumbria, the ladies walked back to their car jubilant that their first sea event had been so successful, of course we still talked about the ones that got away!
NB Ladies Fishing http://www.ladiesfishing.co.uk a group of ladies who organise fishing events at cost throughout the North East, Scottish borders and Cumbria. The group have no connection whatsoever with Lucy Bowden and her fishing club.