About us

Tackling Minds was formed in February 2020, in the scenic area of Littleborough, overlooking Hollingworth Lake.

David Lyons was inspired to start Tackling Minds, as he had suffered from past mental health problems, and fishing played a vital role in him managing his illness. He claims that if it wasn’t for fishing, he doesn’t think he’d be here to tell his story.

David now wants to pass on his knowledge, gained from his own experiences, to show other people how fishing can benefit them too.  And so, sitting on the bank with his rods in his hands, Tackling Minds was born.

Tackling Minds aims to get people, from all walks of life, into fishing. Be it, Mental Health, Social Deprivation, addiction and recovery, disabilities, Families and Long-Term Health.

We cater for all levels of Angler. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or if you plan on fishing competitively, we have something for everybody.

We want to show people that fishing isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life!
Tackling Minds has a great rapport with a number of Mental Health Organisations and Social Prescribers throughout the country.

David Lyons

“As I’ve always said to the Mental Health Gang, you’ve got to keep the mind and body busy. Keep active and you’ll keep smiling. Another thing that will help you is fishing!! Fishing is a great sport and there’s nothing more relaxing than to be outside in the fresh air and keeping the mind busy.
Give Tackling Minds a follow and find out some of the benefits to this relaxing past time which will help you massively!”

Ricky Hatton MBE – 4 x two-weight World Boxing Champion

Tackling Minds has a large Facebook and Instagram audience of over 13,000 Followers, that we promote our Angling events to. We work closely with mental Health organisations, schools, and Social Prescribing Link Workers.

” I appreciate what you are trying to do as I have several friends and family members who are going through such issues. I wish Tackling Minds every success.”


Mick Brown
TV & fishing celebrity