2012 Ladies Fishing Club – Season Review

Ladies Fishing Club 2012It’s been a busy year for the North East Ladies Fishing Club, with monthly events held during the year for beginners to advanced anglers across all fishing genres. With a year of record rain and widespread flooding – only one event was cancelled.

2012 was the year when the club went global contacted by magazines and TV companies. On a wet Friday in August and an amber weather warning, Jeff Prest from Trout Fisherman Magazine joined the ladies at Hury Reservoir to find out more about the club. The following month Sky Sports Tight Lines spent two days filming the ladies for salmon and trout. Unfortunately on the second day of filming the heavens opened, weather forecasters said it was the worst September storm in 30 years. After braving 2 hours of filming the girls retreated to the newly named camper-van ‘mini-bago’ for hot soup and the end of filming. With the expertise of Sky Sports Andy Ford they were able to produce 8 minutes of film – which was aired when Anne Woodcock was a studio guest 23rd November. It is a real credit to the ladies involved whose personalities made this possible – to see the film – please follow this link

During a year where the UK’s flatlining economy was having a devastating effect on charities – it was encouraging the 4 charity events held by the club were not affected. Thank you to everyone who contributed and gave generously to the following charities Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland and Get Hooked on Fishing. The club has been fund raising for breast cancer charity, Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland for the last three years and has now raised over £7,000 – thank you Ladies.

Ladies Fishing coaches were involved in other angling activities during the year. Witton Under 17 Club (run by Cliff, Anne & Paul) achieved Club Mark status in October –  four club members have been picked for the North East junior talent pathway and one member has been selected for England Youth.

The club working with Gary Hilary, gave an introduction to salmon fishing on the Tyne, including fly dressing and entomology to junior school children with learning difficulties in July – Gary Hilary would like to express his thanks to everyone involved – he said it was a memorable and enjoyable day on Bywell beat.

During National Go Fishing Month, alongside the three events Ladies Fishing organised in the North East, Anne and Paul were invited by Rutland Fly Fishers and asked to write and present the boat, fishing safety session to 88 junior anglers during morning sessions at Rutland Water.

Healthy Eating was highlighted during the year, and the benefits of eating trout – nutritious and sustainably farmed in Britain. Fish filleting was incorporated into summer events, with great results and a notable increase in the number of fish taken by members attending events. Ladies Fishing coaches produced a four week healthy eating, cooking and fishing programme for the West Cornforth Community Project in July with positive results – Club coaches were invited to the centre’s cafe opening in December to see the dishes on the cafe menu and the local community ‘Meals on Wheels’ service.

2012 was also a year of many firsts for all of us – from the first fish to the purchase of your first rod. I hope you enjoy 2012 Ladies Fishing Club highlights

If you would like to join us on one of our days or speak to Ladies Fishing please email annefishing@yahoo.co.uk or contact Anne on 01388 605340

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