National Fishing Month

27th July to 2nd September 2018

National Fishing Month

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Welcome to National Fishing Month 2018

Welcome to the National Fishing Month website.

This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 27th July, and conclude on the 2nd September.

As in previous years, the idea behind National Fishing Month is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone!

Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click here to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!

What is it all about?

Jan 01 2018

National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month Silver Jubilee - A Gleaming Success

Sep 24 2017

National Fishing Month (NFM) continues to set the benchmark for fishing participation initiatives following the introduction of nearly 13,000 new people to angling this summer. They took part in a nationwide schedule of 330 special NFM events – a new record - held across six weeks during July, August and September 2017.

One of the first weekend’s events was especially organised to run alongside the Basildon Carnival Festival held at Northlands Park in Basildon, Essex, where coarse angling coaches offered sessions on the lake in the park, alongside pond dipping and rig-tying clinics.


Aug 09 2017

Since it began on 22nd July, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2017 has proved to be a major attraction at events throughout the country. One of the first took place in Northlands Country Park, Basildon, on a typical British summer’s day (glorious sun and then showers) where nearly 70 people tried angling for the first time. The event was staged in partnership with Basildon Carnival Festival, and it allowed visitors to explore a variety of aspects of fishing - including bait techniques and pond dipping - to inspire them to become more active and try angling.  

The highlight of second weekend of NFM was the traditional showcase event which took place at The Game Fair, held this year at Hatfield House, Hatfield. Over 500 riverside coaching sessions were delivered by members of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA). There were many joyous, smiling faces as first-time anglers caught some outstanding fish, including carp and pike. The National Fishing Month display tent area included demonstrations of fly tying, rig building, lure fishing techniques and cooking your catch, all aspects of which were crowd pulling and highly entertaining.  


Jun 29 2017

With less than a month to its launch, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2017 is on target to match the success of previous years. More than 300 events (running between 22nd July and 3rd September 2017) have already been registered on the official NFM website ( Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part locally at events run by angling coaches licensed with the Angling Trust.

Come Fishing - We Want You As A New Recruit

Jun 03 2017

You may or may not know much about fishing and why it is one of the most popular sports and hobbies in the UK.  You may have wondered what all the fuss is about and why, every July and August, there is so much talk about fishing.

Recreational fishing, or angling, is very accessible, and it welcomes new recruits with open arms.

Going Large At The Big One

Apr 20 2017

Professional Anglers Association (PAA) coaches Tony Forman and Dave Brown, together with directors Roger Smith and Paul Forman, worked tirelessly over the weekend of The Big One Show to raise £683.86 for charitable purposes. The tackle raffle they ran was in aid of the Angling Participation Fund, which finances worthy angling causes throughout the UK.

During the two days the coaches were in the hot, tented venue they had a hectic time keeping on top of the raffle, making up a never-ending stream of prize bags and dealing with general coaching and fishing enquiries.
Paul said: ‘It was a cracking couple of days.  The team at The Big One really know how to put on a great show, which was packed on both days.  Thanks to the numbers of visitors coming through the doors, we raised an outstanding amount of money for the Angling Participation Fund.’

Celebrate the outdoors with the National Fishing Month Silver Jubilee

Apr 18 2017

Did you know that just about anybody can learn to fish? Fishing really is a four-season leisure pastime, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.

Fishing transports you to the heart of nature and the many, intriguing plants and animals that live there. By attending an organised event this summer during the National Fishing Month Silver Jubilee, you could experience the joys of fishing yourself.

Go for your own 'Olympic Gold' during National Fishing Month

Aug 10 2016

Angling is still searching for its position in the mainstream sports arenas. Although it is a participatory sport, hugely popular on a ?world-wide basis and practised in virtually every country, general acceptance by those that follow sports is largely absent. There are no Olympic angling medals at stake in Rio.

There are a variety of reasons why this is the case, most of them related to a lack of understanding about the sport and what makes anglers ‘tick’. In a competitive framework, there is not the direct or indirect contact between participants that occurs with bat or ball sports; competitive angling pits the competitors against the course – a river, lake, canal or the sea – although this is also true of other outdoor Olympic sports as diverse as golf, archery, rowing and marathon running.

It's in the bag

Feb 12 2016


Angling Direct has joined the 5p bag scheme… but with a big difference. In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - of which the company is a member - ALL proceeds generated from sales of Angling Direct carrier bags will go directly towards supporting National Fishing Month (NFM).

Working Together For The Future Of Angling

Feb 11 2016


Exciting developments following on from a number of discussions have resulted in the recent announcement that the Angling Trades Association (ATA) and the Angling Trust (AT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  

The strategic aim of this collaboration is to secure a sustainable future for angling by recruiting and retaining more anglers, campaigning to protect and improve fish stocks and the rights of anglers to fish for them and thereby generating more customers for the trade.

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Events Calendar

July 2018

Events planned on this day:

Junior Teach-in (EX2 6LT)


Events planned on this day:

VAC coaching session No4 FR (AL2 2DQ)


Events planned on this day:

Junior Teach-in (EX2 6LT)


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