On the 6th July the Devon Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity held a fishing day for Longcause School at the excellent Town Parks fishery. Jerry, the owner, was on hand to provide the sustenance that only a bacon roll can provide, along with tea and coffee. Everything was set up very quickly, and as it was so hot and sunny, particular care was taken to ensure a ready supply of water and umbrellas to provide shade. The only blot on the horizon was the severe weather warning for possible heavy thunderstorms during the day. Fishing rods and lightning don’t mix well, so the plan was to down rods and move away quickly from the fishing area. Fortunately these actions weren’t necessary as it remained a beautiful day.
The final Health and Safety walk round was completed, the MTSFC video watched and all were briefed and allocated their guest for the day. The guests duly arrived, were given their goody bags and a safety brief and the fishing began. At first it was fast and furious for some, with regular whoops of delight heard along the water’s edge, but for others it was a bit slow. Eventually everyone caught some fish, and much to everyone’s surprise one guest insisted that he had caught a piranha, a rare fish indeed, we told him. Due to the heat the fish went on a bit of a hunger strike, and things slowed down considerably. The day’s total catch was 63 fish (and a piranha), with one guest catching 19; this was a good haul considering the weather. The school staff were on hand to ensure the regular application of sun cream and consumption of water, very necessary in this weather.
By 12:30 everyone was ready for lunch and the children happily tucked into burgers and hot dogs, and much to my surprise, all the fruit disappeared as well. The children had to leave at 13:45, so after lunch all were presented with a medal and their certificates. Each guest was also given a teddy bear from TLC and asked to either keep it or give it to someone who wasn’t well and needed cheering up.
We then said our goodbyes to what had been a lovely group of guests, all of whom made the day very enjoyable for all of us. The school staff were also very helpful and made the day easy for us. They all said that they had had a great day and would love to come back.
Once again I would like to thank all the branch members for their tireless efforts to make these days work. Particular thanks go to Steve, Dave and Phil and Julie. Also many thanks to the other wives who help out on a regular basis. We also had three new volunteers and I hope they enjoyed the day and will continue to support us. Details of the next event will be published later in the year. If you wish to volunteer as a helper, particularly coarse fishermen, please get in touch with either: