2011 Borderlines projects.
Borderlines first session of 2011 took place on Monday 3rd January with the Carlisle Youth Offending Team on the river Eden at Eden Lacy. With the low water temperatures the fishing wasn’t that easy, but ISSP Support Worker Sarah managed to land the two best fish of the day; both grayling with the biggest weighing exactly 2lb.
The Wednesday evening Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club sessions got underway after the Christmas break with the lads learning about the life cycles of flounders, salmon and pike as well as the tackle and tactics used to catch them, towards a forth coming fishing trips, making up traces, rigs etc., as well as taking part in the regular casting competitions.
Borderlines school programme got underway in February with the first of six weekly sessions at Greystoke School. With pupils learning about the water cycle, plants and invertebrates and fish in the classroom before visiting the lakes at Greystoke Castle for a dipping trip.
During the February Half Term holidays Borderlines worked with the Carlisle Youth Offending Team to provide both sea fishing and grayling fishing sessions for Young People under ISSP Orders.
On Wednesday 23rd February the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club joined us on the Solway for a flounder fishing trip.
The weather conspired against us in March and with the river Eden bank high the Wigton Youth Station salmon fishing trip turned into a pike fishing trip to Longtown West Pond.
Following sessions learning about the history of angling, becoming familiar with fishing tackle and learning how to cast in the playground the pupils from Greystoke School enjoyed a trout fishing trip to Greystoke Castle Lakes.
During April the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club enjoyed a trip to Crofton Lake catching roach, perch, gudgeon and skimmer bream.
They also took part in a fly tying session led by Borderlines Glyn Freeman in preparation for some forthcoming fly fishing trips.
Borderlines were also present at the official opening of the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club’s Crofton Lake Education Centre on Wednesday 27th April. The club has also created a disabled access path as part of its plan to make the lake a genuine community asset. CADCAC was given £4,000 towards the £8,000 cost of the cabin by the Environment Agency. It will be used to teach youngsters and adults about Crofton’s natural habitat and fishing. Borderlines who have worked closely with CADCAC for many years assisted with teaching young people under ISSP orders on the day. The disabled access path, plus the oaks and ashes, were paid for with a £22,000 grant from the Forestry Commission. Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council, officially opened the facilities. The county council used to own the lake, and for 19 years CADCAC had it on lease until it was due to be auctioned off as part of the Crofton Hall Estate package in 2008. Following appeals, the authority had a last minute change of heart and sold the lake to CADCAC for £30,000 in a separate deal. The club received a 25 per cent discount on the condition that it continued its work to improve the site and make it a focal point for the community. Martin Chandler, CADCAC committee member, said the county council has provided invaluable support in achieving this aim. Although the education centre is new, the wildlife classes are not. CADCAC has been welcoming schools and youth groups to the lake for a number of years. In 2010 more than 700 local school children visited Crofton as part of Borderlines Moricambe Bay Project. Mr Chandler is delighted with the progress that has been made since the club took ownership of the lake. He said: “This has been the biggest thing that’s happened to our club since its foundation in the early 90s. What it has delivered is a legacy for the local community and future generations of anglers.”
On Tuesday 3rd May and Tuesday 10th May the lads from Wigton Youth Station had the opportunity to see if their fly tying skills met with the approval of the trout at News Mills Trout Farm. I’m pleased to report that they did with the lads catching rainbow trout on flies of their own making.
On the 25th May and the 1st June Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club members enjoed sesssions at Crofton Lake catching mainly roach on waggler and whip tactics.
On the 26th May Borderlines worked with the Nith Fishery Catchment Trust running a fishing day for New Cumnock Primary School with assistance from the members of New Cumnock Angling Association. The Association allowed us to use their Loch Creoch fishery near New Cumnock, and youngsters as well as gaining an insight into freshwater life during a kick sampling session also got the opportunity to stock the loch with trout raised in the Associations own hatchery before trying their hand at fly fishing.
On 1st June 15 pupils from Maxwelltown High School joined Borderlines and the Nith Fishery Catchment Trust on the banks of Drum Loch for an Introduction to Fly Fishing day organised by the Trust.
Friday 3rd June saw Borderlines providing tuition for the first Carleton Hill Fishery Introduction to Coarse Angling session of the season. After gaining an introduction to freshwater life and angling safety the 5 youngsters taking part ventured on to the Wires Pond where everyone proceeded to catch a selection of roach, perch and skimmer bream.
May and June also saw this years Fishing for Knowledge Project in full swing with Langlands School, St Ninians Primary and Dumfries High School taking part in Nithsdale and St Columbas Primary and Lockerbie Primary School participating in Annandale. As well as the classroom sessions introducing youngsters to the water cycle, their local river catchments and the plant, invertebrate, fish and wild life they support, angling history, tackle, casting and how angling contributes to the local economy.
Borderlines worked closely with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board and the Annan District Salmon Fishery Board in providing both dipping and fishing sessions on the rivers Nith and Annan for all the participating schools.
The pupils from St Columbas Primary had the good fortune to meet up with one of the more unusual and less well known fish species that inhabit the river Annan; the sea lamprey when Annan District Salmon Fishery Board’s Nick Chisholm introduced them to a specimen that had been caught that morning.
Thanks also go to Wullie and Wilma at Alderneuk Fishery near Terregles who allowed us to use the fishery for our fishing session with Langlands School, the good paths and excellent bankside access made it easy for wheelchair users.
Wednesday 8th June saw the Wigton Fishing Club presentation take place at the Youth Station; it was attended by former High Sherriff of Cumbria James Carr, PC Chris Blain, Allerdale Rural NPT Inspector Dennis Kelly and Adrian Webber from the Environment Agency. Following a few words from Borderlines Chris Bowman about the lads achievements over the last year James did the honours presenting the lads with their prizes. Chris also announced the project’s first funders for the next 12 months; The Cumberland Building Society has agreed to donate £250 to the project as they did last year. Following the presentation we retired downstairs for pizza and soft drinks and then had a quiz with some smaller fishing tackle prizes that had been donated to Borderlines. A special thanks to all those anglers who have donated items of tackle to Borderlines.
Monday 27th June saw 5 youngsters from St. Ninian’s School in Dumfries taking part in an Introduction to Coarse Angling session at Carleton Hill Fishery with Borderlines providing the tuition.
The session had been arranged as a reward for the excellent school work they had all produced as a result of being involved in the Fishing for Knowledge Project.
Teachers at the school reported that the boy’s involvement in the project resulted in much improved motivation for learning and writing skills.
Thursday evening 7th July and the lads from Wigton Youth Station were practising for their forthcoming match with the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club junior squad at Crofton Lake. At their weekly Wednesday night sessions the lads have been learning about feeder, whip and waggler fishing in preparation for the match.
Saturday 16th July the big match live; Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club v the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club junior squad at Crofton Lake. For once the weather was kind, although the rain was heavy in the morning the afternoon turned out not too bad for the youngsters, but the fishing was still poor with bites hard to come by. CADCAC’s Leonie Brooks caught a few silvers close in on peg 4 before securing victory with a nice skimmer on the feeder giving a total weight of 1lb 10oz. In the next peg Carl Muir from the Wigton Youth Station had 9oz of silvers for second place with Thomas Ritchie of CADCAC coming in third with 3oz of roach and perch. Fourth was Ryan Baxter for the Youth Station with 2oz. This was the Youth Station’s lad’s first taste of competitive angling allowing them to try another aspect of the sport. Sessions like this build not just practical fishing skills but social skills, improving self confidence, listening skills, team working skills and mutual respect, broadening their experiences and keeping them challenged. They facilitate inter-generational engagement, peer bonding, confidence building, the recognition and celebration of achievement and engagement across social barriers.
Thursday 21st July and the Borderlines team are working with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board and the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust in delivering The Fishing for Knowledge family day on the Cairnselloch beat of the River Nith. 17 children and 13 adults took part, learning about the plant, invertebrate and wildlife of the river Nith catchment as well as safety on the river bank before trying their at river dipping and fly fishing.
The second Carleton Hill Introduction to Coarse Angling day took place at Carleton Hill Fishery on 28th July. After the classroom session learning about freshwater life and angling safety youngsters fished the Wires Pond where everyone caught crucian carp, ide, roach, rudd, perch and skimmer bream using waggler and whip tactics.
Saturday 30th July CAA junior day.
Saturday 30th July and the Carlisle Angling Association Junior Anglers day proved to be a fantastic family event on the banks of the river Eden in Carlisle on Saturday. With the sun shining and barely a breath of wind, approaching 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 16 took part in the free, fun day out for those interested in taking up fishing. But it wasn’t just about catching fish. Rotating around four activities during the day with a break for a free lunch, youngsters learned about safety at the waters edge, the water cycle and the wealth of plants, invertebrates, fish and wildlife that a clean healthy river system can support. They tried their hand at dipping for and identifying some of those invertebrates as well as minnows, stoneloach, bullheads and small trout.
They also tried their hand at fly tying learning how to tie a Cats Whisker, they learned how to fly cast and took part in a fly casting competition. They also tried their hand at bait fishing and although there were no monsters caught; the biggest fish being an eel, many youngsters caught their first ever fish.
The Carlisle Angling Association are to be congratulated for laying on the event as are their committee and members, as well as the members of Penrith Angling Association, CADCAC and Borderlines who worked hard to make the day a success.
For my own part one of the heart warming aspects of the day was to see so many family groups enjoying the river in Rickerby Park. Fishing is an inexpensive sport that can be enjoyed by all the family and the CAA Junior Anglers day was a fitting end to Carlisle Love Parks Week.
Wednesday 3rd August and 25 youngsters and some parents took part in a family fishing session at Mossbay Reservoir, Salterbeck near Workington. The session at the ‘Resser’ as it is affectionately known locally was organised by Impact Housing and fishing tuition was provided by Borderlines with youngsters catching roach and perch on whips on a lovely summer’s evening.
On Thursday 4th August more budding young anglers were given the opportunity to learn more about coarse angling by Carlton Hill Fishery owner Chris Wynne who working with Borderlines has laid on a series of school holiday sessions for youngsters.
Thursday’s session got underway in the Carleton Hill classroom with participants learning about safety whilst angling, the country code, discussing tactics and learning about the fish themselves. After this the youngsters moved on to the Wires pond and were introduced to fishing with a whip and a float rod, catching bream, roach, perch and tench.
10th August and a group of young anglers from Wigton will benefit from a grant of £250 made to Borderlines from the Police Property Fund. The presentation of the cheque was made during a fishing session at Crofton Lake by Allerdale Rural Problem Solver PC Chris Blain. The grant will be used to help finance and maintain a successful fishing project which has been run with a group of young people based at Wigton Youth Station. The project has been running for the past 12 months and was funded originally by the High Sherriff’s Crimebeat Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation, the Environment Agency and the Cumberland Building Society.
25 young people took part in this project during the year. A number of these young people were on alternative education programmes as they found they were unable to cope with mainstream school and had also been involved in anti social behaviour issues in Wigton. The project has been organised by Borderlines which is a not for profit company with the aim of removing as many of the barriers to participation in angling as possible for young people. The initiative will provide opportunities for young people in Wigton to take part in a project which teaches them about the environment, the water cycle, plants, invertebrates, the fish themselves, tackle, tactics, watercraft, angling etiquette, fish handling, conservation and how to behave in the countryside. The group try to instil both a caring attitude and a respect for the environment. The project has covered pond dipping, coarse, game and sea angling. The young people have also had the opportunity to fish with flies they tied themselves during fly fishing lessons. They have taken part class room activities and have also been given inputs from the Environment Agency. PC Chris Blain said “I have personally taken part in some of these activities with the young people and have been very impressed with the work Borderlines have done to date. They have engaged with some extremely hard to reach young people and in my opinion have diverted them away from offending and causing anti social behaviour in Wigton and it has also been noted that their behaviour in school has improved. A number of the young people lack positive male role models in their lives and it is apparent that they have responded to the work in which Borderlines have provided.”
Wednesday 17th August; more young anglers were given the opportunity to learn more about coarse angling on Thursday at Carlton Hill Fishery by owner Chris Wynne who working with Borderlines has laid on a series of school holiday sessions for youngsters. Thursday’s session started in the Carleton Hill classroom where participants learned about safety whilst angling, the country code, the fish themselves and tactics to be used on the day. After this the youngsters moved on to the Wires pond and were introduced to fishing with a whip and a float rod with Keaton Armstrong, Toby Gibson, Matt Jackson and William Swan all catching a nice selection of crucian carp, mirror carp, ide, roach, rudd and perch.
But the biggest fish of the day an ide of over 1lb in weight was caught by Natalie Absalom aged 15 who just a little earlier in the day had caught her first ever fish in the shape of a small roach.
20th and 21st August saw the Borderlines team at the Galloway Country Fair as well as manning the Casting Clinic providing both double and single handed fly casting tuition over the course of the weekend there was a display of Borderlines work in the Borderlines tent.
Tuesday 23rd August and working with Carleton Hill Fishery owner Chris Wynne Borderlines delivered another Introduction to Coarse Angling session to youngsters at Carleton Hill. Who following the classroom session caught roach, perch and bream from the Wires Pond.
Young people and their parents took part in the second family fishing session at Mossbay Reservoir, Salterbeck near Workington on Wednesday 24th August. The session at the ‘Resser’ was organised by Impact Housing and fishing tuition was provided by Borderlines with youngsters catching roach and perch on whips.
8th, 9th and 15th September.
During September and October together with Fishing for Knowledge partners, BuccleuchEstates, Borderlines worked with Langholm Academy, Newcastleton Primary School, Canonbie Primary School after school club, Langholm cubs and 2 pre school groups and one afterschool club ran by Langholm Playcare Ltd., at Langholm Community Centre with 128 children taking part in both classroom sessions and field trips on the both the river Esk and Liddel Water funded by the Environment Agency. A further 16 children and 15 adults also took part in a family day on the Codgee Pool of the river Esk on Saturday 24th September.
Saturday 8th October Crofton Lake was home to the second junior challenge match of the season between the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club and the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club Juniors. The CADCAC squad’s experience showed with them dominating the top four positions. Alex McAlistair finished first on peg 45 with a 5lb 4oz mixed bag caught on pole tactics up against the lilies. Alex included a lovely 1lb 5oz perch in his bag.
In second place was Leonie Brooks on peg 44 with a 4lb 5oz mixed bag that included gudgeon, roach, small carp, skimmer bream and a nice roach bream hybrid. Leonie also used pole tactics up against the lilies. In third place was Tyler Richardson with 11oz and Thomas Ritchie was fourth with 9oz.
On Tuesday 25th October more budding young anglers were given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of coarse angling by Carlton Hill Fishery owner Chris Wynne who working with Borderlines has laid on a series of sessions for youngsters throughout the year.
Tuesday’s session got underway in the Carleton Hill classroom with participants learning about freshwater life, safety whilst angling, the country code, discussing tactics and learning about the fish themselves.
After this the youngsters moved on to the Wires pond and were introduced to fishing with both a whip and a float rod, Sam O’Neil caught the biggest fish of the day; a 1lb perch.
James Smith landed two lovely crucian carp during the final twenty minutes of the session and although he didn’t land any record breakers Isaac Pitchford was happy with his roach. Rebecca Smith also caught roach.
Between October and December a group of young people from Dumfries Academy took part in a series of 6 sessions taking them from freshwater life right through to fishing it’s self.
Following sessions looking at freshwater life and fish in the classroom the group visited Loch Rutton to do some kick sampling and dipping for invertebrates in their natural environment. Then after learning about angling history, angling’s contribution to the local economy and learning how to cast the group enjoyed some fishing on a private trout loch thanks to John Fairgrieve’s Replica Fish Sculptures and Fishing Trophies who allowed us to use the loch for the day.
The Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club had been preparing for a forthcoming grayling fishing trip to the river Eden but on Wednesday 21st it was all about celebrating their achievements over the last 6 months at the Fishing Club Xmas presentation. Following presentation of tackle prizes kindly donated by anglers everyone enjoyed food and soft drinks before taking part in a flounders game and quiz.