I was watching part of the White brothers presentation that was made at the BASS AGM and they made a very valid point which I wanted to highlight.
Lure fishing in the U.K. is growing rapidly – that is a given but what worries me is the lack of younger people coming up through the ranks.
I look at some organisations, forums etc and the percentage of anglers under 25 is shockingly low. There are ones out there sacrificing their free time to introduce kids to the sport especially with LRF (which is highly commendable) but I still feel that there isn’t enough young blood coming up the ranks.
As the White brothers said, all this knowledge and expertise that has taken people years to obtain is simply wasted if it is not passed on. Not through a lack of wanting but more so there is no one to pass the reigns to.
To digress slightly, nothing infuriates me more than seeing more experienced anglers refusing to share some knowledge with younger, enthusiastic learners. No one is asking for it all on a plate ….. but everyone had to start somewhere and everyone had some sort of mentor or idle who they looked to for help.
To see people deliberately refusing to pass on some encouragement or info is just pathetic.
The people who we call icons or characters of our fishing world today all rose up through the ranks from somewhere …… I am sure they came across their fare share of critics and generally obstructive people but what will the future look like for the younger angling generation?
I was told before by a good friend of mine to do what you enjoy, stick at it, don’t rise to it and soldier on ……. At the end of the day we are all out to enjoy the sport!
Getting back onto my original point, the White brothers chat really made me think about the demographic of the lure angling world. It will be interesting to see if things change – I hope so!
Just some food for thought.