Welcome to
National Fishing Month 2014


Welcome to the National Fishing Month website. This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 18th July, and conclude on the 31st August.

As in previous years, the idea is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing from whatever cultural or social background they may be from. Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support this initiative so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport.

NFM 2013 Breaks Records

Sep 12 2013


This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) has shattered its 15,000 target, setting new records for the number of people who were introduced to the sport via more than 300 special events throughout the country.  When the final figures are tallied, it is likely that participant numbers will be closer to 16,000, much to the delight of the NFM organisers. 

What a difference a year makes!

Aug 01 2013

This time last year, the CLA Game Fair had been cancelled and the National Fishing Month (NFM) launch event had to be hurriedly rescheduled amidst the downpours with the help of the Angling Trust’s Martin Salter.

Twelve months on and mid July 2013 coincided with a heatwave. The NFM launch at the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Alcester was a roaring success, with eight qualified coaches and other support team members teaching 359 people how to fish over the three days in the Warwickshire sunshine.

Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon kindly took time out of his busy schedule on Saturday 20th July and came down to the water’s edge to meet the coaching team from the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the adults and children that were learning to fish.  The Minister spent time with every coach and their student, taking particular interest in Coach Nick Watkins teaching a young girl how to catch carp on the fly.

What is it all about?

Jan 27 2011

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 is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you'd like to try fishing then now is your big chance.

What is actually going to happen?

From 18th July to 31st August, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Do you want to organise an event?

National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries - in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.

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