RODS at the ready, young anglers set out to get the biggest catch at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s annual fishing competition.

Seventeen pupils and their relatives flocked to Jubilee Lake on Saturday morning for a spot of fishing and to spend quality family time.

While some were determined from the outset to snatch the trophy for the largest catch or highest number of bream roach and perch caught overall, for less ambitious participants the day was simply an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fishing.

“I’m enjoying it; it’s good fun,” said Joshua Spreadborough, 14, who found a comfortable spot with a breathtaking view of the lake with his father Dave.

“We have done a lot of stuff together but it’s our first time fishing. I didn’t really want to touch the maggots but it wasn’t actually too bad.”

His father added: “We are muddling through it together. It’s very therapeutic and relaxing.”

Harry Brown, 14, was one of the first to catch a roach at the competition, to the delight of his grandfather and mentor. “My target is getting five and to get the trophy for the most fish,” he said. “I find fishing exciting.”

Inclement weather and heavy showers did not deter the fishermen as the rain drew fish closer to the surface, making their task much easier.

Now in its ninth year, the contest was launched to encourage families to try their hand at a different hobby, with a touch of competition thrown in for good measure.

Organiser and student manager at RWBA, Linda Woodruffe, said: “The aim is for families to relax and have quality time together. The families were quite tired when they arrived but now you can feel the enthusiasm as they are catching fish. There is a lovely feel around.”