Chris Shelley and Dan Reed
Me and my dad always fall out. So I just go fishing. I'll just grab Chris and off we go. We can talk and stick by each other, and help each other out.
Fishing helps me relax. I go there when I'm stressed out. It helps me think. I haven't been in school. I went back for a day, but I couldn't cope. Now I'm at Northbrook College and I also do mechanics once a week. With my ADHD I was on medication, but I got off it by not taking it, and now I just try to keep out of trouble. I stick with friends that keep their heads down.
I'm in Year 11, I've got GCSEs coming up. A lot of my friends are getting really stressed about that. A couple of my mates at school are depressed, and one of them is on medication.
I go fishing if I'm stressed about school, college, or sometimes if I have arguments with friends or family. We fish in snow, lightening, all weathers. Sometimes from 6 in the evening, for 3 or 4 hours. Sometimes to 3 or 4 in the morning, if we're with an adult. It's peaceful. You can have a friend-to-friend chat, without other people hearing.
If you don't catch anything, there's more bait for when you go next. You get nibbles... It's relaxing because of the waves, crashing against the arm. The wind on your face just makes you feel relaxed. You can look into the sea, and over the horizon, and just think.