YOUNGSTERS from three schools in Bishop Auckland were hooked on fishing after a three-day angling trip.

Pupils from Witton-le-Wear Primary School, Wolsingham Comprehensive School and Wearhead Primary School visited Derwent Reservoir, near Edmundbyers, County Durham, as part of a project organised by Wear Valley District Council. The scheme is designed to encourage youngsters to take up fishing as a hobby and is being backed by Northumbrian Water.

Ken Elgey, from Wear Valley District Council, said: "We had three days up there and had a great time.

"It's what we call real learning. They were taken onto the waterside and shown how to fish. They are getting a feel for fishing."

The council and Northumbrian Water plan to run similar events for schools in future months.

Alistair Baker, of Northumbrian Water, said: "The future of fishing as a sport is in youngster's hands. It can help in many areas and help children become better citizens."