Learning to Fish

Learning a skillset and surviving in the marketplace

I can provide you a fish,
For just a meal,
Or you can learn how to fish,
And have meals for a lifetime. – Oogle.

Learning to Fish…
Martin James – offers angling advice
Thirteen year old Sam wants to know how to learn how to fish. Martin James offers him advice and invites him to a day at the waters edge. He also compares the difference between learning to fish now and in his youth.

Martin: Could you please tell me anywhere i could go to learn to fish? I am 13. Sam

Dear Sam, Nice to get your question. Where can I learn to fish? Not an easy one to answer these days, but I will do my best.
When I was a youngster there were several adults in my village who fished so they would take me along with them also many of my friends fished. Both my two grandfathers and three uncles were avid anglers. In the 1940’s 50’s and 60’s it was safe to go off and fish on your own or with a group of other boys. Angling clubs and associations welcomed the youngsters in their junior sections.
On club trips a senior member would have a youngster with him for the day. Today its a different story, many youngsters are from single parent families where there isn’t a father, uncle or grandfather who fishes. Today most schools don’t have an angling club and many of today’s angling clubs don’t have a junior section where you youngsters can learn from the senior members. Then we have a few yobs who will pick on a youngster at the waterside. But more dangerous are the evil men known as paedophiles… What does make me angry are the number of adults who don’t want youngsters at the waterside. Then we have others who want to charge huge sums of money to take someone fishing for a day. Sometimes these people charge £200. This is all wrong, I feel we more experienced anglers should give our time freely to help the less experienced.
The beginners young and old are the future of angling. I feel every commercial coarse and trout fishery should have a few learning days for beginners during the summer holidays. You youngsters are the future of angling and there is no excuse for not having some beginners days on their waters. My advice Sam is visit your local tackle shop and ask if they have any teach-ins for youngsters. Otherwise you and a few friends are welcome to come along with me for a day at the waters edge providing you bring a dad or an uncle with you. You don’t need any tackle it will be supplied. Kind regards, Martin James.

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One of the greatest programmes, is homebased work programmes, providing jobs for housewifes, like learning a sewing skill, by decentralising the factory by providing sewing machines to housewifes, who then can work and at the same time, take care of their children. The revolution of the telecommuter will also provide, a new range of services where you can also decentralised certain services from the office, and work at home. There are many opportunities if you can learn to bake or make bread, cookies and cakes. I know of a malay who can feed his entire family selling nasi lemak. Nobody can promise you a lifetime employment in the New Economy, but we can help you develop the knowledge to get the right skillsets, ensuring you will survive in the marketplace, for a lifelong learning process, only if you do not give up on yourselves. There is more to life in old age, than picking cans and bottles. 
– Contributed by Oogle

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Author: Gilbert Tan TS

IT expert with more than 20 years experience in Apple, Andriod and Windows PC. Interests include hardware and software, Internet and multimedia. An experienced Real Estate agent, Insurance agent, and a Futures trader.

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