The Green Heart of Poringland


These Girls Can 

One of the highlights of this year’s highly successful Family Fishing Days and ‘Kids Fish Free’ initiative is the number of women and girls taking up the sport for the first time. 

Figures recently released show that 37 females tried their hand at fishing for the  first time, representing virtually a quarter of the new intake. 

No one was more delighted than coach Mark Casto. 

“It’s great to see the mums and daughters enjoying the fishing events at Poringland Lakes.  It often starts off with their daughters catching a few fish and then the mums get interested as well and end up having a great time. 

“if you have not tried fishing before, I would encourage any mums and their daughters to come along and give it a go.  Judging by all the girls and ladies we have had take part in the events at Poringland Lakes, they certainly have enjoyed it. 

Stacy Robertson, a busy mum who attended the Family Fishing Days last year and whose son is now a member of the Poringland Lakes Kingfisher Club said: 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the family day events, I didn’t think I would catch a fish but when I did it was great and I couldn’t wait to attend the next fishing event.  You could say I have well and truly caught the fishing bug. 

Nikki Miller, whose two daughters took up fishing with the juniors club, had this to say: 

“My daughters thoroughly enjoyed fishing at Poringland Lakes and very much look forward to each event. My youngest daughter was very excited about winning the trophy for the most fish caught and can’t wait to start the juniors club again this year. Girls rule!”

Girls Allowed

“Fishing is not just a boy's sport, so come on you girls, join us!"

That's the invitation extended by lakes' Angling Trust accredited coach Mark Casto.

It follows a national initiative by the Angling Trust to get more females, whatever their age, to take up fishing.

"So come on girls – show the boys how it should be done!" challenged Mark.