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Get Hooked On Fishing is Moving

GHOF's new registered address is:   

Get Hooked on Fishing, 
The Old Police Station, 
Wharnclifffe Road, 
DE7 5GF.

Please email or ring 07525 255572 if you require futher information.

Vote Now for Get Hooked on Fishing

Vote for Get Hooked on Fishing now to win Aviva community funding and help change the lives of disadvantaged children this year. 'Angling for Brighter Futures' will provide an after-school angling programme and holiday support for deprived and vulnerable children. These sessions will raise their aspirations, develop their confidence and self-esteem and introduce them to the amazing sport of fishing with all the wonderful benefits that it brings. Register and vote now - it only takes a couple of minutes and if successful we will change lives for the better forever. Please note - your 10 votes can ALL go to GHoF!

Vote for GHOF's Aviva Community Fund Bid

Please get behind our Aviva community fund application and ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same. Give us your support and bring about a brighter future for children and young people in need.

Submit Your Vote Here

Get Hooked on ITV News

ITV Get Hooked on Fishing

Get Hooked on Fishing has recently featured on ITV News!  The focus is all about how fishing can play an important part in getting young people outside and active.  It's also about Fishing as a tool for re-engaging young people in education.  You can view the feature here ...  

Great Rod Race Fundraising Challenge!

Ketans Rod Race

Get Hooked on Fishing's 'Great Rod Race' challenge was a huge success thanks to volunteer, Ketan Sanghani's ambitious tour of the charity's projects across the country. Ketan caught eleven different species using coarse, lure, fly and sea fishing methods and was ably supported and encouraged over the two days by Charlie Moore, GHoF Ealing's apprentice, raising over £2500.00 along the way! Massive thanks to Ketan for this great effort!

Get Hooked On Fishing Signs Agreement with Angling Trust


GHOF Signs Memorandum with Angling Trust

GHoF is delighted to have agreed and signed a MoA with the Angling Trust, the national governing body for angling in England. This recognises the two organisations’ close collaborative relationship promoting angling participation and their commitment to working in close partnership. Photo: Mark Lloyd (CEO of the Angling Trust), Sarah Collins (CEO GHoF) and Ken Brewster (Trustee GHoF) 

GHOF Ealing Family Fishing

Family Fishing made a return visit to GHoF Ealing on Sunday. Despite the heavy rain there were smiles all round! We were joined by Sky Sport's and TalkSPORT's Nigel Botherway and Richie McDonald, probably one of the country's best carp anglers!

That evening we had this letter from one mum, Farzana: 

"Firstly I'd like to commend you on such a fantastic (Family Fishing) event today which my 6 year old son and I absolutely loved. Being a single parent I do both my mummy side of things and the daddy as well and this was the perfect event for a mummy to spend some father-son time with my son (if that makes any sense).

Our coach was Lloyd, who was an amazing and incredibly humorous coach. And my son Shani has now decided that he wants to take up fishing. All the staff are so friendly. The model boat people were great too as was Ian the archery man.

Words can't express my gratitude to you guys and in the words of Shani, "mummy going fishing today was the most awesome part of the school holidays so far" (he preferred fishing to going to the beach and the theme parks and for a six year old boy that definitely means something).

So thank you, thank you and thank you!

We look forward to the next event.

Farzana and Shani."


It says it all really!

Burnham-On-Sea Family Fishing

Saturday 16th August saw Get Hooked on Fishing and the Angling Trust's South West Family Fishing event at APEX Country Park, Burnham-on-Sea. Families were able to play ball games, have their faces painted, try fishing for the first time, have a go at fly and sea casting, and have some top tips from carp anglers. GHoF's CEO, Sarah Collins, even managed to catch the biggest fish of the day, a 17lb 13oz common carp!

Bradshaw Hall Family Fishing

Bradshaw Hall Fishery hosted our North West Family Fishing event on Saturday 9th August. So many families joined us who were new to fishing and were able to sign up for GHoF Bolton's Open Sessions over the coming weeks. Our GHoF Peer Mentors, Brandon, Joe, Ryan, Jack and Marc, were simply outstanding throughout the day!

Bradshaw Hall Family Fishing

Bradshaw Hall Family Fishing

Sunderland Family Fishing

Get Hooked on Fishing and the Angling Trust held their first sea fishing 'Family Fishing' event in Sunderland on Friday 8th August at the National Glass Centre. There were lots of 'Cs' - coalfish, codling and crabs and quite a few 'Fs' - flounders, and of course, plenty of smiles all round!!

Sunderland Family Fishing

Sunderland Family Fishing Gallery


Aston Park Family Fishing

Saturday 26th July saw Get Hooked on Fishing and the Angling Trust's sixth #familyfishing event of 2014! More fun for all the family with fishing at the heart of the event held at Aston Park Fishery near Sheffield. Many families who were totally new to angling caught their first fish together as well as enjoying the funfair activities, bouncy castle and Professor Shell, the magician!!

Family Fishing at Aston Park Fishery


The event was also supported by the very enthusiastic, and good friends of Get Hooked on Fishing, Steve Cooke, Emma Pickering, Shane Hodkin and twice Fish 'O'Mania winner, Matt Hall. More experienced anglers were able to 'pick their brains' and learn more match-winning top tops!


Family Fishing at Aston Park Fishery

Family Fishing on Sky Sports

Many thanks for Nigel Botherway and Sky Sports' Tight Lines for a great film all about Get Hooked on Fishing's #familyfishing campaign with the Angling Trust. Enjoy the film and to find events near you, click here ...

Family Fishing on Sky Sports

Greenwood Academy Project Success

It's always great to hear GHOF success stories, however it's especially poignant when an article gets published in a school's bulletin, which was in fact the case recently at Greenwood Academy, Ayrshire ...

"Pupils from Greenwood Academy recently took part in a fishing project organised through the "Get Hooked on Fishing Charity". The programme comprises of 3 modules in total and the young people of Greenwood Academy successfully completed module 1.

The aim of the programme is to help young people enjoy the sport of angling and to equip them with the skills to have the best life they can create for themselves. The programme took place at Eglinton Park, covered basic fishing and was delivered by qualified instructors and supervised by PC Milligan. The students also learned about the countryside code. The programme was delivered over 5 weeks which included completion of student work books and plenty of "hands on fishing". The students were well behaved and were a credit to the school. They enjoyed the experience and have expressed an interest in completing module 2 which is more advanced. Well done to all those involved."

Further testament of GHOF's excellent work with schools.

Family Fishing - Ealing 2014

GHoF and the Angling Trust introduced 119 new people to fishing! Beginners joined our 'Have a go!' sessions, existing anglers learned some 'Top tips!' from Keith Arthur, Sam and Gary Edmonds and Myles Levy whilst families could enjoy the bouncy castles, archery, model boating and face-painting! A fantastic day had by all and the event was a great success.

Family Fishing

Family Fishing 2014

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different family fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or friend to the pleasures of fishing? Or are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner who would like to be introduced to fishing. Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, then why not come along to one of Get Hooked on Fishing's Family Fishing Fun Days. We've got events running all over the UK in the coming months.  See below for dates, venues etc....



Friday 18th April 2014.  11am - 4pm,  GHOF Ealing, Northala Fields UB5 6UR,  

Call Grant: 07969645201 or James: 07837980210 


Friday 25th April.  11am - 4pm.  Get Hooked on Fishing Worcestershire, Cob House Fishery, Worcester Road WR6 6YE

Call Dave: 07854239721 or Karl: 07724461450


Tuesday 27th May.  11am - 4pm.  Middleton Park, Leeds 

Call Frankie: 07800855709 or Sarah: 07525255572


Sunday 29th June.  11am - 4pm.  Barnwell Country Park, Northamptonshire

Call James: 07791786251


Thursday 12th & Friday 13th July 2014.  11am - 4pm, Cudmore Fisheries, Staffordshire

Call Sarah: 07525255572


Sunday 20th July 2014.  11am - 4pm,Ducklington Lake,  Oxfordshire

Call Danny: 07854240368 or Ian: 07821400435


Sunday 26th July 2014.  11am - 4pm, Aston Park Fisheries, Sheffield

Call Frankie: 07800855709


Friday 8th August 2014.  11am - 4pm, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Call Dave: 07854239715 or Darren: 07940251059


Saturday 9th August 2014, 11am - 4pm, Bradshaw Hall Fisheries, Bolton

Call Darren: 07791164921 or Bridget 07908856661


Saturday 16th August 2014, 11am - 4pm, Apex Leisure & Wildlife Park, Somerset

Call Dean: 07854239731


Sunday 17th August 2014, 11am - 4pm, GHOF Ealing, London 

Call Grant: 07969645201 or James: 07837980210


Saturday 6th September 2014. 11am - 4pm, Aspley Locks,  Hertfordshire

Call James: 07854239725 or Sam: 07548737624


GHOF Welcomes George Stephenson

George Stephenson

Get Hooked on Fishing is very pleased to welcome George Stephenson, the new Chair of the Angling Trust, to GHoF Ealing. George was delighted to be able to visit the site and hear about the valuable work all of our projects do for children, young people, their families and communities.

Broom Project Hooks £2k Funding

Broom Project Lands £2K of Funding

We are really pleased to announce that the fishing project at Broom, run by GHOF has hooked £2k worth of Magnox Socio Economic Funding.

The funding will be focused on a "Winter Leavers Project" which has been developed and is being run at Broom Fisheries at Newbie near Annan, as well as other locations across the UK.

This project is a new initiative offering an alternative to mainstream education for those young people who are actively looking to progress into the world of work at the end of the winter term.  This project is aimed at pupils who are in their final school term and are in need of some extra support to help them to move on successfully from mainstream school.

Lesley Arkison, Co-ordinator of Get Hooked on Fishing Scotland said "The young people are made aware of the positive opportunities available through angling and that learning can be achieved out with the classroom environment."

Rural Champion of the Year 13

Congratulations to GHOF Peer Mentor Joe Miller on becoming the Dumfries and Galloway Council Rural Champion of the Year 2013.  Joe was nominated recently for his exceptional work with young people of all ages and abilities and for his contribution to others.  After completing the first GHOF Project at Broom Fisheries, Joe went on to complete further training and achieved work experience to progress towards a Modern Apprenticeship.  His ongoing growth and development has been exceptional and demonstrates the positive impact the GHOF scheme can have on individuals and groups.

Sky Sports Team Up With Get Hooked on Fishing

Catch up on all 6 episodes of Get Hooked on Fishing's hugely successful mini series with Sky Sports and Sky Sports Living and GHOF Ealing.  Throughout the series, the students aimed to implement the 'Six Keys to Success', the foundation of Sky Sports Living for Sport - a free initiative for secondary schools run in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust that seeks to increase attainment and boost confidence. Click on the image above or click here to view all the action

Project Ghillie

Get Hooked on Fishing is pleased to support this important initiative in the Metropolitan Police area. You can download the leaflet here, so please share far and wide!


Did You Know?

As well as needing an Environment Agency rod licence to fish in England and Wales if you are aged 12 and over after 31st March, there are also National and Regional Byelaws we have to follow. To make sure you are fishing legally find the byelaws for your area. Tight lines!!"

Get Hooked on Fishing on Sky Sports

Earlier this month GHoF Ealing were pleased to host one of our Trustees, Keith Arthur, along with the Sky Sports Tight Lines film crew for the day.  Click on the image above to take a look at the film to find out more about GHoF and the project at Ealing! Alternatively, click here to view.....

GHOF Nets £5424 Grant

Get Hooked on Fishing has netted thousands of pounds towards angling and environmental projects.  The funds were awarded by Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee to enable 120 young people across the region to attend sessions.  The participants will now work with registered coaches, mentors and local volunteers in the classroom and at Broom Fisheries near Newbie as part of the project.

Grant Awarded


Lesley Arkison, GHOF co-ordinator for Scotland, said that "By providing positive support mechanisms, we will be able to mentor the young people in gaining qualifications and motivate them to re-engage back into education and training."

The project which is also being part funded by the Scottish Government, European Community and Dumfries and Galloway Leader Programme, will also assist young people to participate in a competition at Cudmore Fisheries in Newcastle Under Lyme.

 This is fantastic news and gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge in a non-school environment.  To view the news article, please click here....

What a Fantastic Day

That's what everyone was saying at GHoF Worcester @ Cob House when trustee, Keith Arthur, joined us for the day. Youngsters and 'oldsters' alike joined in the fishing fun and banter, with Jim Burton of MatchBox kindly donating caps to all of the participants.

"What a well managed fishery with dedicated staff bringing smiles to everyone's faces." said Keith, " It's definitely somewhere for all the family and the GHoF Worcester team do some amazing work with the youngsters!"

£246.50 was raised for GHoF Worcester with £32.50 of that being very kindly donated by Jade and Ryan Taylor from the sale of their toys. What generous little stars they are!


Dilip Sarkar, President of the Pike Anglers Club og Great Britain, and his wife Karen, an artist and angler, also joined us for the afternoon. They very kindly donated four prints of her paintings to help raise funds for GHoF. Thank you to Dil and Karen for this generous donation and we'll let you know how we're going to do this in the very near future!

A massive thank you to Keith for donating his time and expertise and to Helen and Rob at Cob House for organising a wonderful event!

Get Hooked on Fishing at Fish 'O' Mania 2012

Success at Fish 'O'Mania 2012

GHOF Projects from Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway, Teesside, Bolton, Merseyside, Crewe and Shropshire had a fantastic weekend at Cudmore!

Our Peer Mentors helped many youngsters during our taster sessions on two lakes and had the chance to meet stars from the angling world as well as watch the Fish ‘O’ Mania Final and the Home International Match.

Much to our delight, Shane Atkin, 2012 finalist, 2011 winner and now the Official GHoF Supporter of GHoF Teesside, visited the GHoF marquee before the ‘all in’ was called and we were able to wish him luck for the match!

Sunday saw a very warm welcome being given to our new Trustee, journalist and broadcaster Keith Arthur, and as you can see from the photograph, it was definitely smiles all round!!

We were very pleased that Tommy Pickering, the current Manager of the England Feeder Fishing Team, also called in to give our GHoF Projects encouragement and support. This was very much the theme of the weekend where many visitors to the show came to say ‘hello’ and find out more about the valuable work all our projects do.

Everyone should also be extremely proud of the good manners and politeness displayed throughout the weekend by our Peer Mentors....a real credit to Get Hooked on Fishing!!

Support for GHOF

New Kits for Kids

Get Hooked on Fishing are pleased to announce that we have received a donation of 500 rod and reel outfits which will be used in GHOF schemes across the UK.

Hardy & Greys have joined forces with Glasgow Angling Centre to provide the kits which will be used in a bid to get more kids into fishing.

To read more about this fantastic news, click here 

Good Luck at Fish O'Mania

Get Hooked on Fishing Billingham

All the young people at Get Hooked Billingham are getting behind their local angling heroes. Most anglers will be aware that Shane Atkin, Adam Richards and Simon Medd are all finalists in this year's Fish O' Mania competition. But did you know.... they are also big supporters of Get Hooked on Fishing too! When they are not practicing for the angling event of the year, they can be found helping our young people on the bank.

So Get Hooked on Fishing would like to thank Shane, Adam and Simon for all their hard work, encouragement and support and wish them all the very best of luck this weekend.

Get Hooked on Fishing Week

Week Commencing 30th of July 2012

Get Hooked on Fishing Week starts on the 30th of July where we'll be offering a variety of fun activities. Watch this space for more information.

An Afternoon with Keith Arthur

TV Presenter & Fishing Legend

Join us for an afternoon of first class fishing instruction by the fishing legend that is Keith Arthur. The event is being held at the Cob House on the 22nd August and only costs £20 per session.

Keith has very kindly given his time to raise money for Get Hooked on Fishing. Please contact us to register your details for this truly unique opportunity as spaces will be limited. For more information see below:

Beasties, Bats & Buried Treasure

Join the GHOF team and try your hand at fishing at the 'Beasties, Bats and Buried Treasure' event on Saturday 30th of June from 12pm - 5pm at Hamiltonhill Claypits, Possilpark, Glasgow.  

The event is being run by the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace Group. It's free and there are plenty of other activities on offer which will be guaranteed fun for all the family.  

For more information telephone: 0141 336 5808 or visit:  You can also get more details about the event and the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace Group by viewing the event flyer here.




Mark Jones Memorial Tournament

Mark Jones Memorial Fishing Tournament - 27th, 28th & 29th April 2012.  

In 2010, Mark Jones lost his life to drugs.  He was just 34.

Mark was a very keen angler, a "wizard of the fishing rod," so this tournament is a tribute to Mark's life and a way to celebrate his memory.  

So GHOF is hosting a fishing tournament at the Commonwood Fishery, Holt, Wrexham.  The event starts with the National Get Hooked on Fishing Competition on the 27th of April from 9am - 4pm.  The Mark Jones Open Tournament runs on the 28th and 29th of April from 9am - 4pm.

To find out more  click here....  


GHOF Pro-Am Fishing Match

A first for Get Hooked on Fishing!

Saturday 25th August 2012 will see a historic event taking place at the renowned Glebe Fishery.

Each team of anglers will be made up of two GHOF young people; two privileged anglers and a well-known, professional angler from the world of National match competition. This action-packed event will see youngsters and pleasure anglers competing against and being coached by some of our top names from match angling and will provide much needed tackle and as well as funds for our GHOF Projects around the UK.

Watch this space to find out more about how YOU can join in the fun and games at The Glebe in August!

GHOF Launches Angling In A Box

Angling In A Box

Angling in a box

GHOF is proud to announce 'Angling in a Box,' a highly effective programme of personal development designed to give all GHOF participants, especially those in need of further support, the skills and confidence to make positive life choices.  This unique and innovative package allows the successful angling themed programmes developed by Get Hooked on Fishing to be delivered anywhere in the UK.  To learn more about Angling in a Box, the benefits, Modules etc, please click here to download the full report.

GHOF Easington - Dec 2011

Get hooked on Fishing Easington have managed to acquire funding to get together local people and establish an angling club to be based at Herrington Country Park.  This project, however, involves a lot more than creating an angling club.  The goal is to raise environmental awareness to the people of Herrington, and in the process, try to clean up the lake and surrounding area to ensure the club will be run from a healthy environment and continue to stay that way.

The club will contain both an adult section (18yrs and over) and a junior section (under 18s). Darren held a couple of meetings in November where the discussion was based on what would be involved and also looked for committee members, volunteers and participants to get involved running the club. This funding was received from the local Environmental Action Fund via the Community Founation.


GHOF BOLTON - Latest 2011 News

The five weeks of the summer holidays were the busiest we have ever been. We ran ‘Summer Camps’ funded by Bolton Council which were a huge success – 111 young people completed 12 hours of coaching each and all went away happy at the end with a starter kit to keep. We also worked with Castle Hill Youth Club and Community Sports Development groups throughout the summer which I reckon has bumped our numbers up to 140+ in those five weeks.

I managed a week long residential up at Witton Park with four of my peer mentors. Mick and the team made us all feel really welcome and looked after us very well. I was chuffed to get such positive comments from the Witton Park crowd about my lads and it was a pleasure to spend a week with everyone involved. This picture is my favourite from the residential:

The trip to The Glebe was also a great couple of days. It was nice to see so many young people getting on together and a fantastic opportunity for all the schemes to get together like that. My lads were talking about it for ages afterwards, re-telling stories to their friends and the coaches back in Bolton.

Since the schools have gone back we are keeping busy delivering alternative education sessions for local schools and education agencies and we are busier than I thought we were going to be.

Our ‘Tin Hut’ has arrived (See the image below).  I’ll keep you all posted as to how we get on with it. I may be contacting you to see if there is anything you may have to help us kit it out with. I’ve already got a kettle – no more filling flasks – Hooray!!

I gave a talk to The Rotary Club in Manchester on 20th October and they presented me with a cheque for £500 for the Bolton scheme. They made me feel really welcome and were genuinely interested in the work we do with young people. There are also plans in the pipeline for them to help with fundraising events in the future – watch this space!

I had a great couple of days with the gang at The Tackle & Guns Show. It was nice to see everyone suited and booted for the Gala Dinner – well done to Mick for delivering such a passionate speech about GHOF.

Thanks to Dave Verburg for helping me to get my Views stuff up to date – it’s been a massive help to have someone upload the back log of contacts. I have done hours of work on it as well and I now feel there is light at the end of the tunnel.

GHOF Bolton - 2011 News

We’ve been mega busy up here in Bolton with groups from Bolton St. Catherine’s Academy (seniors & primary sites), Turton High School, Thornleigh Salesian College, The Engagement Centre, Westhoughton Roots Project, Castle Hill Youth Club & Little Lever School. The fishing at Bradshaw has been very good and we’ve had some brilliant weather to help the t-shirt tans along!

Last Wednesday we were fishing on Lake 4 with a group from  Bolton St. Catherine’s Academy, using a variety of methods. One young man (Connor) turned round to get a sandwich and his 4m whip suddenly shot off the wall and into the lake, with what was obviously a large fish towing it quite easily past a group of 15 match anglers. John and I hotfooted it up the other bank, rods in hand and tried to cast over the line of the whip. John managed this on his third cast and started to reel in. I managed to get hold of the whip by having to lie on the bank to grab it in the water and miraculously the fish was still on the hook of the whip. The lads netted it – a nice 6lb Mirror Carp and we managed to get all our kit back, not even a knotted line – Result! It’s the only fish I’ve ever known that was landed 50 yards from where it was hooked!

Hopefully ‘The Tin Hut’ should be arriving within the next month. The owners of Bradshaw have agreed to let me keep a container on site to use as a classroom/office. My plan is to have the Grand Opening during the GHOF Week!

Hope everyone is ok and looking forward to a fun packed summer.

Bridget Dawson

GHOF Merseyside - 2011 News

Get Hooked on Fishing North Liverpool ran a series of taster days were run in the local park during the school holidays. A storming success, over 70 disabled and non disabled young people had a great time and caught loads of fish.

We also took a group of young people on a residential trip to White Acres fishery and Holiday Park near Newquay Cornwall.

The young people who earned the trip through volunteering on events, their contribution to the scheme and performance in school were tasked with all the domestic chores while the coaches cooked and educated them in food preparation.

The week was great the weather was reasonably kind and the group had some great fishing both on the fishery and off site at a local lake. It was personal bests all round with carp climbing up the rods. After a few days pointers and tuition the group on their last day caught over 60 carp up to a whooping 17lb, it was most definitely the fishing day of a lifetime.

During the week the young people learned the benefits of patience, organisation and demonstrated great focus and attitude. On the long journeys they conducted themselves exceptionally. Our star performer was our most recent introduction to the team BJ who as a Level 2 angling coach was on his first residential. BJ his performance was excellent.

This group was developed by BJ and they showed the quality of his work by their performance on the trip.

GHOF NE Lincs - 2011 NEWS

Get Hooked on Positive Activities (GHoF N E Lincs) attended an exhibition at St James Church of Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire. The multi agency exhibition was aimed at the socially deprived long term unemployed.

Get Hooked on Positive Activities team engaged with many people throughout the day. The GHOF promotional film and slideshow of photographs were played throughout the day for the public and support agencies to see which attracted a great deal of interest.

The project also used the event to showcase the projects new “Olympic themed” Biathlon laser target shooting equipment. Young, old and disabled visitors had a chance to use the equipment and interest and competition was intense throughout the day. As a result of the project received a few invaluable bookings with local schools and agencies.

Get Hooked on Fishing Week

Week Commencing 30th July 2012

Get Hooked on Fishing Week begins the w/c the 30th of July 2012. Watch this space to find out what activities and events will be running, and much more!

Manchester Conference - 2012

Carp Fishing Reels Website Praises GHOF - January 2011

At GHOF, we are focused on making a difference in young people's lives by introducing angling skills as a diversionary activity. Going beyond angling, we also see it as a powerful opportunity to equip young people with essential personal, social and life-skills for todays ever changing, and dynamic environment. So it is always refreshing when you receive recognition for your work which reinforces the purpose and worthiness of what we do and believe in! Reading what Carp Fishing Reels say about our work also makes you realise that its not just us that care, but a whole 'fishing community'. Read more...

Sky Sports ‘Tight Lines’ visits Get Hooked on Fishing, Border

Tight Lines programme on June 11th included some footage of their visit to GHOF Border, based at Border Fishery.

Visit to find out more.

Go Fishing Show: 17-18th July 2010

Get Hooked On Fishing is participating in the Go Fishing Show and Sky Sports Fishomania on the weekend of 17-18th July, at Cudmore Fishery, Staffordshire.

There’s a strong focus on introducing new people to angling and visitors who want to try their hand will be able to do so. Young people can get professional angling tuition and meet some top anglers. TV legends John Wilson, Matt Hayes and Mick Brown will be on hand to pass on tips and advice as will stars from the carp and match fishing worlds.

Many major angling companies will be at the Show and will be only to pleased to assist with tackle-related questions. But the best news of all is that on the Sunday, for all young people under the age of 16, entry to the show is FREE. However, entry tickets, though free, must be booked in advance through the website -

Any young people from Get Hooked on Fishing schemes at the show should look up Karl Humphries, Dave Smith or Mandy Smith. They will be involved in the delivery of ‘taster sessions’ and will also be happy to help with the hunt for autographs, pictures and advice from the ‘big names’ – some of whom are doing guest coaching spots at the Get Hooked Coaching Area.

During the weekend, John Wilson will be officially opening the new National School of Angling, based at Cudmore.

GHOF scheme coordinators should contact Dave Smith for more information or to arrange bookings and guided tours for their parties. For general information about the Show and how to book advance tickets visit

Prince Charles casts off with Get Hooked on Fishing Teesside

Prince Charles casts off with Get Hooked on Fishing Teesside

Hemlington Lake, Middlesbrough, is a regular venue for GHOF Teesside and the young people were delighted when the Prince of Wales stopped off to chat with them on his recent tour of the park. The lake is part of a 39-acre park hidden in the middle of a large housing estate and has been regenerated by the Clean Beck Campaign to become a haven for local families.

A keen game angler, Prince Charles tried coarse fishing with a rod borrowed from Paige Wardell, thirteen, a GHOF peer mentor. Project co-ordinator, Dave Munt said, “ He said it had been a lot time since he had done this, but he was a bit of a natural. He was very interested in the style of angling Paige was using and asked if he could reel the line in, which he did. It was feeder fishing with groundbait, something he had not come across before. Paige went through the procedure of filling the feeder and putting fresh bait on the line (maggots). Paige asked if he would like to cast the feeder out and he duly obliged, to the delight of the other young people, local children and families and the press”.

Prince Charles also talked to Liam and Hannah McCabe who have learnt to fish with GHOF and are now able to enjoy the sport close to home.