Junior members are allowed to fish overnight at Horton Kirby, Sutton at Hone and Brooklands Lakes with a parent or guardian (over 25), providing that the parent or guardian is a member of the Society and must fish in the same swim for the duration of the night. A ticket must be purchased (£2) from the office prior to commencement of fishing. A maximum of 3 tickets per venue per night. Only 1 Junior per parent/guardian per member per night.
This years Kids Fun Day will be at Horton Kirby Lakes Sunday June 9th 2017 at 9am. See here
2016 Fun Day Horton Kirby
Another DDAPS kids day has come and gone and yet again a fantastic time was had by all. Once again the weather was kind to us and it was not long before many of the near 300 young anglers who attended on the day were busy catching fish and having a good time with friends and family.
As in previous years all of the budding young anglers were provided with a complete fishing kit and bait upon their arrival which was theirs to keep for free ! This equipment was generously provided by the Tackle Box in Watling Street Dartford.
At the end of the days fishing, a giant raffle was conducted and awards presented.
Tommy Boyle won the fish of the day award with a fantastic whip caught Tench from the Silt Pond. The coaches award was presented to Thomas Stevens who caught a substantial Carp whilst receiving free tuition that was available on the day. The prestigious Tackle Box Angler of the day award was won by Sophie Bratton.Congratulations to you all.
DDAPS would like to thank; Kent Police, the Environment Agency, Smith and Chapman photography, Location Medical Services, AWKS Computer Crisis Centre, all of the volunteers and helpers over the weekend and a special thanks to the tackle Box without whom the event would not have been possible.
2015 Fun Day Horton Kirby
This years DDAPS Youth fishing fun day on 19th July 2015 once again proved to be as popular as ever, despite being held on the same day as this years Dartford festival.
In total some 300 budding young anglers attended the event and they were duly rewarded for their efforts with some excellent catches. Fish of varying shapes and sizes were being caught almost immediately and it wasn’t long before we began hearing tales from younger guests (and some a little older) about how they had caught their 1st ever fish. By late morning the air was filled with noises of excited children commenting on the one that got away, or how they had caught more than their brother, sister, or friend respectively. It was also nice to see such a mix of young anglers, some of whom we have seen in previous years and also some new faces who heard about the event by word of mouth.
To see friends and families spending the day together in such beautiful surroundings and having so much fun together is what this event is all about, it’s not all about catching fish, it’s just as much the experiences that you have on the way. Not that there was any lack of fish being caught. Sophie Crane won the coaches award by catching her 1st ever fish, and went on to catch a hatful including a carp of 7lb. The Fish of the day award went to a Lydia Everton with a huge 11lb carp which just beat her brother, who caught a carp of 8lb. However, lady luck was on his side as he managed to win the star prize in the free raffle. The coveted Angler of the day award went to a Jack Hinchey who also caught a large carp of 7lb as well as numerous other good size fish on his 1st ever fishing trip. Congratulations to you all.
At the end of the event all 300 guests were given the complete tackle set up that they had been using on the day, so no one walked away empty handed. This was courtesy of the Tackle Box in Watling Street Dartford so a big thank you to everyone at the Tackle Box for all of their generous support. DDAPS would also like to thank all of the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.
We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event.
2014 Fun Day Horton Kirby
Yet again this years DDAPS angling fun day was a great success, in fact it was the best attended event that we have had to date, with over 350 budding young anglers attending and having a go. It wasn’t long before most of the youngsters were catching fish either, and the smiles coming from their faces told you everything that you needed to know. There were some memorable catches too, with carp to nearly 10lb being taken with the instructors, as well as some quality bream and other species being caught. At the end of the festivities the annual presentation was held for, Angler of the day, this year won by Callum Creedy, the coaches’ award went to Alex Mae Carlton, and the fish of the day went to Kabir Takk with a 10lb carp. All went away with a trophy, certificate and tackle. Well done to you all. Following the presentation the giant raffle was held with numerous prizes won. A big thank you to all the volunteers for all of their time and effort, without their support the event would not be possible.
A special thanks to the Tackle Box who sponsor the event and provide all of the tackle that the guests get to keep at the end of the day.
DDAPS would also like to thank Smith and Chapman photography, the E.A, Kent Police, Jolleys pet shop, Direct Angling. AWKS Computer Crisis Centre.
2013 Fun Day Horton Kirby
Sunday July the 21st saw this years annual DDAPS angling youth fishing fun day at Horton Kirby Lakes. The weather at this year’s event was to say the least glorious, and made a welcome change from the inclement weather that greeted us at last year’s event.
As the young guests and their companions joined us in the morning, it became apparent that this years event was going to be every much a success as it has been in previous years.
Once booked in and armed with their free tackle that was so kindly donated by the tackle Box. The youngsters were off in pursuit of their quarry. Some chose to take advantage of the free one to one professional tuition by registered angling coaches, others headed off to catch a whopper, and it wasn’t long before the majority of guests were banking fish.
There were some creditable catches too, including a carp that was estimated to weigh around 2 ½ lb and numerous bream to around the 3lb mark.
As in previous years at the end of the day a presentation was held, and awards duly awarded. The Fish of the day award was presented to John Jarvis for his 2 1/2lb carp caught on the West Lake, The Coaches award was presented to Jacob Hare, and Angler of the day was given to Tom Green. On hand to present the awards were the Chairman of DDAPS Mr. Clive Archer, Kevin Peet from the event sponsors the Tackle Box, and the Environment Agency. As in previous years the free to enter raffle was then held and numerous complete fishing kits won including the star prize kindly donated by Mark 2 Angling.
At the culmination of the days events all of the guests were allowed to keep the equipment that they had been provided upon their arrival, this will enable them to continue to enjoy fishing for foreseeable future in our beautiful countryside.
DDAPS would like to thank all of the volunteers on the day, without whom, the day would not have been possible. Smith and Chapman photography, Kent police, The Environment Agency, Mark 2 Angling, and a special thanks to The Tackle Box who sponsored the event and provided the bait and all of the tackle which the guests got to keep.
2012 Fun Day Horton Kirby
This years youth angling fun day was held on July the 8th, and once again it was a fantastic success. This years event attracted 220 budding young anglers. Although this figure was slightly down on last year, what the figures don’t reflect was the weather.
To say it was wet would have been an understatement. At 08:45 prior to the gates opening there was the traditional queue of hardy souls, comprising of young anglers and their guardians waiting to come in and join in the fun. One could only imagine how many people would have attended if the weather had been a little more forgiving.
Once the day commenced it wasn’t long before fish were being caught and very few if any young guests left without catching a fish or two. The coaches held tuition on the West lake at this years event with numerous good catches returned, including carp and tench as well as good quality silver fish.
At the end of the day the free raffle and trophy presentation was held, representatives from Kent Police, The Environment Agency and the Tackle Box all handed out awards. The tackle Box provided all of the equipment on the day for the young anglers to use, and at the conclusion of the day as in previous years the anglers were allowed to keep the equipment that had been so kindly donated by the Tackle Box, a big thank you to The Tackle Box.
DDAPS would like to thank all of the volunteers on the day without whom the day would not have been possible. SPOM, Smith and Chapman photography, Kent Police, The Environment Agency, Mark 2 Angling, and The Tackle Box who sponsored the event and provided the bait and tackle which the guests got to keep.
2011 Fun Day Horton Kirby
On Sunday June the 10th 2011 saw this years DDAPS angling youth fun day at Horton Kirby Lakes. This years event built on from the fantastic success of last years fun day, and attracted 293 young angling guests, plus their parents and guardians. As in past years all the guests received a free tackle box containing some essential fishing equipment as well as a top quality pole rig and 4 meter fishing pole. This equipment was generously provided for free by The Tackle Box based in Dartford. It wasn't long before most of the guests were hooking and landing fish, with many catching their 1st ever fish on the day, and having a great time with it, this makes the event the great day that it is. There was professional coaching available to the youngsters, some catching specimen fish that seasoned anglers would be proud to catch. At the end of the day there was a presentation and awards given for the Fish of the day, The Coaches award, and Angler of the day, with the awards being presented by the Chairman of DDAPS, Kent police and Ben Lord from the Environment Agency. As usual a free to enter raffle was held at the end of the day and numerous complete fishing kits won. Following the conclusion of the day all of the guests were allowed to keep the equipment they had been using so they can continue to enjoy fishing for the foreseeable future. DDAPS have now introduced over 1000 youngsters to the sport over the past 4 years at this annual event.
DDAPS would like to thank all of the volunteers on the day without whom the day would not have been possible. Smith and Chapman photography, Kent police, The Environment Agency, Mark 2 Angling, and The Tackle Box who sponsored the event and provided the bait and tackle which the guests got to keep.
|2010 Fun Day Horton Kirby
On Sunday the 11th of July 2010, DDAPS held their annual Youth Fun Day at Horton Kirby lakes. 272 budding young anglers turned up for the event, which is a rise on last years attendance . Once again all young guests received a complete fishing outfit courtesy of the Tackle Box in Dartford, compete with pole, rigs, a bait box and also a tackle box containing various essential tackle items to start them on their way. All of which were put to good use on the day, with nearly everyone catching a few fish. As usual a competition was held in the afternoon as well as the coveted angler of the day award, this year won by a Master Jacob Hare. The youngsters were helped out on the day by professional angling coaches and an army of willing volunteers, without whom the day would have not been possible.
After the event a giant raffle was held, with numerous complete fishing kits and other prizes won. After the day many guests wished for their thanks to passed on to all involved, and stated that they will certainly be fishing again in the very near future, no doubt at Dartford Lakes, as all of the guests received a free day ticket to fish there with their new kit.
It was great to see so many youngsters out in the countryside with their friends or family, and we look forward to welcoming them all again at next years event.
DDAPS would like to thank the following people whose help and support made this annual event such an overwhelming success.
The Tackle box, Mark 2 Angling, Kent Police, St Johns Ambulance, The Environment Agency, Horton Kirby Parish Council, Horton Kirby Scouts, Smith and Chapman photography, And everyone who helped out on the day to make this event possible.
On Sunday many families enjoyed a great day at DDAPS Horton Kirby for the DDAPS kid’s fun day. The lakes were packed with kids and their parents, many enjoying their 1st angling experience. Estimates put the number of kids at 250 but we would suggest that there were more than that. Also in attendance were the Kent Police, the Environment Agency and representatives of the big local angling shops. DDAPS would like to thank both The Tackle Box and Mark 2 Angling for all the support they provided on the day. Very few, if any, went away without at least one piece of free angling kit as well as some very useful information from the Environment Agency. The kids watched demonstrations from qualified coaches and from experienced DDAPS anglers on many facets of angling and watched fish being caught. Many of the kids then went onto catch fish of their own with very few returning empty landing nets. There was a small match for the kids plus many raffle prizes. All in all a very successful day, very well organised by all at DDAPS and a huge pat on the back for all concerned. If some of those kids become regular, keen and enthusiastic anglers then the day is well worthwhile.