The youngsters he works with usually attend special schools for pupils excluded from mainstream education and are sometimes violently opposed to authority figures. Low self-esteem is a common denominator, with some even believing there is no place for them in normal society. And the way Martin, a 63-year old ex-copper, establishes a rapport with these young people is quite simply with fishing.

Martin Porter

Martin Porter.

Angling is such a multi-facetted sport that even the most difficult student can gain a sense of achievement during his first lesson. Each session gives them challenges, enough to stretch them a little and provide them with small victories - and National Fishing Month, from 20 July to 27 August is a great time for people to get involved in this most diverse and enjoyable of watersports. If you want to get your child inspired, try reading How to take your kids fishing: 5 top tips.

The Professional Anglers’ Association is just one of many bodies that supports National Fishing Month. Outdoor retail giant, Go Outdoors, is the key sponsor and they are joined in their support for this month-long initiative by the Environment Agency, The Angling Trust and the Angling Trades Association. Each and every supporting organisation understands the importance of National Fishing Month as a means of introducing people to the sport and helping make a genuinely positive impact on their lives. To find out more or to look for an event near to you, see National Fishing Month.

For advice on choosing a fishing boat, read guide to fishing boats, or if you want to improve your catch read Fishing luck: 3 unusual ways to improve your catch.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.