Big Fish day out to reel family in

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TO round off the summer holidays in style, Linford Lakes will host a spectacular free entry family day out on Saturday.

The Big Fish 2011 will run from 10am until 6pm and will entice avid anglers and absolute beginners with a free children’s fishing day camp along the Great Linford Lakes canals, with all equipment supplied.

Other family attractions on the day include an aerial falconry display, bucking bronco, laser clay and archery, giant inflatables and an all day bar and hog roast.

EastEnders heartthrob and keen fisherman Scott Maslen will make an appearance and there will be a mouth-watering live demonstration from MasterChef of Great Britain Scott Ratcliffe.

World Fly-casting champion Hywel Morgan will also present a display of dazzling fly-casting.

The event will be the finale to a 48-hour carp fishing competition – which starts today.

The Big Fish extravaganza will be held at this stunning venue for the next five years and with the UK carp fishing industry currently estimated at being worth £350 million annually, The Big Fish is quite a catch for the area.

Local sponsors getting in on the angling action include Marle Inn, Buildbase, Sundorne Bouncy Castles, Buckinghamshire Scaffolding Services and Browns Angling of Leighton Buzzard.

While entry for the day is free, donations are welcome towards The Big Fish’s fundraising drive for The Sick Children’s Trust which pays to create “home from Home” facilities where families can stay with seriously ill children.

The Big Fish founder, Dom Morgan, lost his 12-year-old daughter Jodi in 2010 and, this year, money raised from the event will go towards the Acorn House family stay facility at Addenbrook’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Dom Morgan said: “Great Linford Lakes are, in my opinion, the most stunning fishery in the country so the ideal location for the anglers competing and for the public to enjoy the event.

“This really promises to be a great family day out and I would like to thank the host of local businesses who are giving their time and facilities to help this worthy cause.”

> To donate to The Sick Children’s Trust, please visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org or visit www.thebigfish.tv for more information.