Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, was on hand to open activities at a special event organised by Reading and District Angling Association (RDAA) at Longwater Lake, Green Park in Reading. School children from the local area enjoyed one-on-one coaching sessions from Les Webber MBE (Angling Projects), Danny Williams (Angling Trust) and Will Barnard (RDAA), and the teachers even joined in. The Minister spent time talking to all the participants and their coaches and he then joined the team for a celebratory picnic.

Minister receives a copyRichard Benyon said: “National Fishing Month is a fantastic opportunity to introduce thousands of new people to the benefits of angling. It was great to see youngsters from Reading getting into the sport at Friday’s launch and I hope the next four weeks are a great success.”

Martin Salter, Angling Trust Campaign Manager, added: “The Angling Trust is proud to be a partner and strong supporter of National Fishing Month which does so much to inspire people to take up fishing. We were delighted to be able to help organise the launch with the Minister and show him what a great project this is.”

Each child received a goody bag and certificate and left with a big smile and a better understanding of the enjoyment of fishing - and with more than 300 nationwide events listed online, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to do the same before the final day of this year’s event on 27 August.

If you want to get your kids into fishing, try reading How to take your kids fishing: 5 top tips. How to pick the perfect boat for fishing will help you find the right fishing boat, while Fishing luck: 3 unusual ways to improve your catch will help improve your catch.