The Free Fishing Project has been set up by Fraser Thomson the owner of Pottishaw fishery near Whitburn West Lothian.
The aim is to provide free fishing on 6 days for 12 to 18 years during the school holidays.
Fraser describes on his web site how, he as a boy, came to the sport. Fraser has noticed the decline in uptake knowing kids today are missing out and decided to set up this project on his fishery.
The programme over 6 days is scheduled from 1pm to 5pm on Fridays. A packed lunch is provided, tuition and tackle is free to use An information pack will be handed out and kids will be offered a free ticket to fish the West Lothian Angling Association water on the river Almond. For full details follow this link;
I cannot praise this gerousity enough. As a lad I came to fishing early, 6 / 7 years old fishing Highland burns on holidays and the river Devon in Glen Devon, cutting my teeth on the recovering river Leven in Fife (a story not dissimilar to that of the Almond). Fishing was free and easy. My parents did not fear for me as I disappeared for hours chatting to older anglers, learning, being given free gifts of flies and small tackle items.
Fraser rightly points out that fishing today is too expensive. The tackle, the cost of permits, the fact that no where is free anymore, keeps kid away. Fishing is now beyond the reach of many youngsters who are missing out on a life long passion. His project aim is to give the younger generation a chance. I wish him well in his endeavours.
Contact Pottishaw on 07907284567
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