17th May 2018: A great day out at Manningford Fishery

The season got off to a great start with members of the Salisbury and District Angling Club under the leadership of Andy Stafford hosting a group of veterans from the recovery unit at Tedworth House.

The team enjoying the day at Manningford Fishery

The team enjoying the day at Manningford Fishery

The day started well with rolls and coffee and mentors discussing tactics and flies with the guests prior to fishing. Many of the guests had never fished before but with engraved glass trophies on offer for Biggest Fish and Biggest Bag the competiveness came to the fore pretty quickly and it was “game on”.

A number of fish were caught in the first hour or so but then the fish got canny and the weather changed so a change of tactics were required and it was a case of searching for fishy signs around the lake involving a lot of changes places.

Lunch was a very laid back affair laid on by SADAC and the fishery and it was heartening to hear that the guests had taken to the fishing by the number of questions being asked of the mentors. The mentors did a sterling job throughout the day explaining what flies to use and why and several more were caught as we came to weigh in at 14.00hrs

Some admirable weights were marked up 12.1 lb by Kevin Hunter who took the Biggest Bag trophy and Chris Wood with a 7.8lbs fish to take the Biggest Fish trophy.

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Another successful day in the annals of SADAC whose support for FFF and the members of HMAF at Tedworth House is invaluable and always much appreciated.

I think the pictures say it all with smiles all round and requests by the guest as to when the next event will be held.

My thanks to all

Bill Howell
FFF Founder


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