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Pictures: Youngsters learn how to fish at Chafford Gorges Nature Park

PUBLISHED: 14:33 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:39 21 August 2014

Rebecca Bell-Fisher, 9, at the Chafford Hundred Gorges family fishing event

Rebecca Bell-Fisher, 9, at the Chafford Hundred Gorges family fishing event

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Budding anglers took to the Chafford Gorges Nature Park to learn the art of fishing at a family fishing event.

Visitors to the Warren Gorge lake were taken through the steps to land their first fish, learning how to cast, hook a maggot, and safely take the fish off the hook.

A group who visited on August 6 caught 53 fish between them, including roach, rudd, perch and bream.

Chafford Gorges Nature Park education and community officer Andrew Sidders, who has been running the fishing events for the past four years, said: “Kids absolutely love it. As soon as they finish they usually book straight on to another session.

“When you see them catch their first fish, they are so chuffed and happy. It’s a real magical moment. It isn’t just about the fish, it’s also about getting out and enjoying the fresh air and the wildlife. For instance, they also get the chance to see kingfishers diving in the lake to catch their food.”

Family fishing runs throughout the summer. All equipment is provided, however those over 12 will need a fishing rod licence, available from the Post Office. To book your place call 01375 484016, email andrews@essexwt.org.uk, or visit essexwt.org.uk.

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