I really wasn’t too sure how to introduce Warren’s remarkable efforts to you all, in Kent.
Then I thought: “Well, it is probably wise to just let him speak for himself.”
However, I would just add, that Warren, his team and Kevin Durman and others , have continued with our angling and education initiative undeterred by the current crisis circling around us. It is testament to their extraordinary commitment to Fishing for Schools, their professionalism and dedication to the young people that they inspire to have continued, unabated, during this time. If anyone deserved “front-line” plaudits from all of us; it is this team of selfless individuals, whom really make a massive difference to young lives.
We really do owe the team a huge debt of gratitude. Unsung heroes.
Director (and proudly so) of Fishing for Schools.
The group of students were a little depleted today; mainly, because of Covid testing. You probably know that Swale County Council is experiencing the second highest amount of Covid cases in the country. Worryingly, it’s getting a little close to home. That said, we had a great day and it was a much needed escape for the students - and the coaches - to be on the water.
We had a really enjoyable day at Grove Farm fishery, today, with the boys from Rowhill School who are taking their two year, BTEC Fishery course with us. The weather was against us today, with a northerly wind blowing hard and intermittent, but hard rain at times; but this didn't stop us getting on the bank and having a fish.
Because the venue hasn't been used by any one else recently, the fish seem really willing to feed.Some comfort! Once again, some terrific catches of silver fish ( small bream, roach, rudd etc.. for the uninitiated! Ed.) and carp. Today, the biggest carp was caught on good, “old school” Luncheon meat.
The torrential afternoon rain, forced us to retreat to the lodge (our out-of-school classroom) where we taught the boys some knots and looked at identifying specific species of fish.
One particular fish that is not very high on the anglers “wish list” to catch, is the three-spined stickle back (see picture below).
But what a hardy little fish it is, it lives in saltwater (I didn’t know that!) but breeds in fresh water. This little guy is very territorial, especially when breeding, building a nest and exceptionally so, when taking care of the eggs and the resultant fry; what an amazing little fish, the stickleback is.
The students loved it. Such a great learning experience.
As a lad I used to catch minnows and sticklebacks trotting on the River Cray…..but that is another story.
Fishing for Schools coach