Every sport needs to see a younger generation of enthusiasts coming through and angling is no different, be it of the coarse, sea or game angling sections.
Hopefully this young generation will not just stick to one faction as individual anglers can learn useful skills from each of the three main disciplines and their different tactics, tackle and techniques.
Recently the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers announced their Junior and Youth Teams to represent Ireland at the 2017 World Junior Shore Angling Championships on the beaches of Cote d’Oppale in France in July.
Meanwhile in the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland we have officially launched the World Youth Angling Championships in Coachford Co.Cork from August 8th to 13th with around 20 nations expecting to represent youth teams in the U15, U20 and U25 categories. No doubt a lot of effort and hard work has gone into both of the above events, not only from the young participants, but also the organising of these prestigious occasions.
As an example of this dedication to promoting angling, here is how the Ballynure Anglers Club assisted one of their young members to achieve a dream.
Stephen Coulter took up fishing at the age of 12 and almost qualified for the Irish Youth team when aged 14 and since then a place on the team has been his goal. Ballynure Angling Club assisted Stephen take part in the first leg Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association (ITFFA) qualifier in September 2016 which proved tricky enough with fish lost at the net, but Stephen did manage to land one of the longest fish of the day at lough Bane.
It was then a long wait over the winter months to discover that the famous Lough Lene was confirmed as the second leg ITFFA qualifying venue on April 22nd 2017.
Ballynure Youth Development Officer, Deane Reid watched Stephen work at his angling over the winter and then set about discovering all they could about successful techniques for Lough Lene.
Stephens’s overall strategy was to go our fishing, deploy the methods he knew had been working on the lake over the last few days, fish hard, concentrate on himself, be courteous to his fellow competitors, but most of all enjoy the occasion.
Stephen’s strategy and tactics worked out well with five fish before lunch and a further five after giving him eleven fish over the two rounds which thankfully secured his place on the team. Stephen would be the first to acknowledge this real team effort from the club, Deane getting him to the venue, the boatmen who guided the anglers, the organisers, caterers and the other anglers. Bring on the 2017 Youth International at Llyn Breing Reservoir in Wales from July 30th to August 3rd.
(Thanks to John Todd, Irish News)