Tony, Vocational Tutor (Northumberland), on the calming nature of angling

Some of the kids we take angling are big trouble in class but are pussycats when we take them out. They don’t cause us any trouble. How can it be that these kids are on medication because they can’t sit still and we take them fishing and they can sit still? You tell me. Is it the relaxing water? Or the environment? Just being outside of the hustle and bustle and the demands of the classroom and the peer pressure. You’ve got to be tough if you’re in school haven’t you. And when you’re out fishing you don’t really need to be.