Dozens of children from across the area will be given the chance to become hooked on a new hobby with a special event in Eastbourne later this month.
Now in its third year, the Fish 4 Kidz day is offering youngsters the chance to get to grips with beach fishing, a sport that has grown considerably in popularity in recent years.
Organised by the Anderida Club and Eastbourne Angling Association, there will be a competition for the most fish caught, with children being placed in three age categories between five and 16 years.
Glyn Morgan, owner of Anglers’ Den fishing shop in Pevensey Bay, welcomed the event, which he believed would give children a rare opportunity to experience the area’s renowned fishing waters.
He said, “This is a fantastic day and we are inviting children of all abilities. We have had a total of 80 young people come forward for it, which is great to see. They are the future of the sport and many of them will have never been fishing before.
“This is a great chance for them to learn in a structured manner from anglers who will be acting as stewards at the event. It is a competition, but it will be very light-hearted.
“Sea fishing and angling are very rewarding sports that teach children not just about fish species, but also about the environment and where they live.”
The event takes place on Sunday, April 27.