National Fishing Month

27th July to 2nd September 2018

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Celebrities Endorse National Fishing Month 2018

Jun 20 2018

You may have wondered what National Fishing Month is all about. Or why every year during July and August, there is so much talk about angling? 
 

Two famous faces who know why fishing is one of the most popular sports and hobbies in the UK are author and TV presenter of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade, and TV presenter and keen angler, Nick Hancock.
 

 
Jeremy commented:  “The National Fishing Month (NFM) campaign is a great way for people to learn the angling basics and appreciate the outdoors. By introducing newcomers to the sport, you pass on a gift that stays with them throughout their lives.”
 
Best known for hosting BBC’s They Think It’s All Over and Room 101, Nick Hancock will be hosting the new-look Fishing Theatre at The Game Fair this summer where National Fishing Month will be launched. 
 
Nick said: “I am really looking forward to meeting and interviewing some amazing anglers in the new Fishing Theatre and seeing all that this historic event has to offer the country sports community.”
 
With over 250 events spread across the UK between 27th July and the 2nd September 2018, scheduled specifically to target the school summer holidays, there are plenty of spaces for families to book, get out on the bank and have a great day out together. 

FISHING MEMORIES FOR FATHERS DAY

May 31 2018

Mums and families are being encouraged to give dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day – get him fishing!

 

The special promotion is part of the annual Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association in partnership with the Environment Agency and supported by individual fishery venues as well as Angling Trust club and fishery members.

 

To ‘Take your Dad fishing for free’ between midnight 16th June and midnight 1st July 2018, download the voucher (each worth £6) from: www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk/offers/free-rod-licence-voucher or cut out the voucher, fill in your contact details, validate it online at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher, and go fishing with your Dad or a friend!

 

In addition to a FREE fishing licence, you can fish with your Dad or a friend without charge at a variety of individual venues.  Details of the fisheries that are taking part in this TAFF promotion can be found at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk.  Some exclusions may apply to each venue, so please check carefully.

 

Fishing licences make a fantastic Father’s Day gift for the rest of the fishing season, and they are valid on over 5,000 rivers, lakes and ponds across England.

 

It’s simple to get a fishing licence - just visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence and buy a fishing licence for a whole year.   Juniors aged 13-16 can get an annual licence free!

Keeping Children Safe in Sport

Mar 31 2018

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.

Their mission is to build the capacity of sports to safeguard children and young people in and through sport and to enable sports organisations to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm. On their website, parents can find key information about how they can get involved and how they can encourage children’s safe participation in sport.

Please visit the link below for more information:

http://www.thecpsu.org.uk/parents

Spring Into Fishing is Back for 2018!

Feb 14 2018

Spring Into Fishing with the Angling Trust
March 3rd - 24th at venues throughout England

Spring Into Fishing events are completely free, fun and friendly activity days for all ages and experience levels. Whether you're a complete beginner or have been fishing before, everyone is welcome to come and learn more about the wonderful world of fishing.
 

The Angling Trust will provide tackle, bait and instruction on the day so you'll know what to do and where to go fishing next time. Because fishing is fun, exciting, cheap and healthy it's a great way for families to enjoy peace and quiet together while surrounded by nature.

Please click on the link below for more information:

https://anglingtrust-news.net/3XSU-CM6E-962Y0FEI5F/cr.aspx

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.

NATIONAL FISHING MONTH 2017 SILVER JUBILEE JOY

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.  

FINAL COUNTDOWN TO NATIONAL FISHING MONTH SILVER JUBILEE

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 (www.nationalfishingmonth.com). 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.’

NFM 2015 – A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

Sep 08 2015

Angling’s largest awareness programme, National Fishing Month (NFM), continues to be a cause for celebration following the introduction of more than 14,000 new people to angling this year. They took part in a nationwide schedule of 300 special NFM events held across just six weeks during July and August 2014.

 

NFM 2015 was launched at ‘Parklife’ in Milton Country Park, Cambridge, on a gloriously sunny day during which nearly 90 people tried angling for the first time. The event was staged in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, and it allowed visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports (including fishing) to inspire them to become more active. 

FABULOUS FUN SO FAR

Aug 05 2015

Since it began on 19th July, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2015 has proved to be a major attraction at events throughout the country. It was launched at ‘Parklife’ in Milton Country Park, Cambridge, on a gloriously sunny day where nearly 90 people tried angling for the first time - even Counsellor Sue Humphries had a go. The event was staged in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, and it allowed visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports (including fishing) to inspire them to become more active.  
 

The highlight of second weekend of NFM was the inaugural ‘Carp in the Park’ event, held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton and very well organised by David Hall Publishing Ltd.  The venue proved to be superb and, despite the inclement weather, nearly 100 people were coached in angling over the two days. Many of them had come camping for the weekend and did not expect the wonderful bonus of being offered free fishing lessons by trained, nationally-accredited angling coaches.
 

The traditional NFM showcase event took place at the CLA Game Fair, held this year at Harewood House, Yorkshire. Over 200 lakeside coarse coaching sessions were delivered by members of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA), and their pupils had fabulous fun catching carp to more than 18lbs! On the Angling Trust stand, junior fly coaching run by the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) was equally popular. The National Fishing Month coaching area was visited by a number of dignitaries and celebrities including Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DEFRA, who thanked everyone for their hard work in raising the awareness of the health and social inclusion benefits of angling.
 

And we're off!

Jul 28 2015

National Fishing Month (NFM) 2015 is on target to match the huge success of previous years. More than 250 events (running between 18th July and 31st August 2015) have already been registered on the official NFM website (www.nationalfishingmonth.com). Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part locally at events run by qualified and insured angling coaches.
 
Tackle manufacturers Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all members of NFM organisers the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - have been generous with their headline sponsorship. Their contributions are significant as is the support received from the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust (AT), Angling Cymru, the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA).
 
There are a huge number of local events organised under the NFM banner, and this year also heralds several new, showcase initiatives.  These included the NFM launch event at ‘Parklife’, a free family fun day at Milton Country Park, Cambridge on the 19th July. Organised in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, Parklife allows visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports with a view to inspiring them to be more active.  This was followed by coaching at the inaugural ‘Carp in the Park’ event held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton (25th and 26th July).

The traditional NFM showcase event will take place at the CLA Game Fair, held this year at  Harewood House, Yorkshire (31st July, 1st and 2nd August). It will feature lakeside coarse coaching sessions organised by members of the PAA and, on the AT stand, there will be junior fly coaching organised by GAIA. The CLA team has been busy ensuring that the new look ‘fishing village’ area at the Game Fair will be a fabulous attraction for the hundreds of thousands of people who attend over the three-day event.  The National Fishing Month coaching area will form a central attraction for anyone interested in having a go at fishing under expert tuition and, for children, there is no cost.

Hooked On Health

Jul 27 2015

Unlike many sports which rely on rapid body movement or an eye for a ball, just about anybody can fish. Angling is a great leveller, with no barriers based on age, gender or social status. You can spend a warm summer’s day or a crisp winter’s morning by the water in beautiful places you would otherwise never, ever visit. Indeed, fishing really is a four-season sport, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.

Fishing is well-known for its capacity to help you to relax into a new, fascinating world, the ideal antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life. It transports you to the heart of nature and the many, intriguing plants and animals that live there. By attending a National Fishing Month event this summer, you could experience the joys of fishing yourself.
 
 

Absolutely Fabulous

Sep 09 2014

This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) exceeded organisers’ expectations and introduced thousands of new people to angling. A total of 310 special NFM events were staged during July and August 2014, attended by enthusiastic participants from across the UK.

DIGNITARIES AND CELEBRITIES LINE UP TO HAVE A GO DURING NATIONAL FISHING MONTH

Jul 22 2014

 
The National Fishing Month (NFM) launch at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace was a roaring success despite the best efforts from the unpredictable weather. Coaches from the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) tutored nearly 900 people over the three days in both coarse and game angling.  Nearly 600 of these were children who had little or no previous angling experience.

Fisheries Minister George Eustace kindly took time out of his busy schedule on launch day, Friday 18th July and came down to the water’s edge to meet the coaching teams and their students. The Minister and CLA Game Fair President Henry Robinson were invited to take part in a coarse fishing ‘taster’ session from lead coach Nick Watkins, and they both seemed to enjoy their time spent on the bank.

The NFM launch was supported not only by Government officials and CLA Game Fair Senior Management but also by TV personalities and presenters.  Adam Henson (Countryfile) and his son Alfie spent time learning to both fly fish and coarse fish, with Alfie catching a small roach. Phil Spencer (Location, Location) and his family also enjoyed coaching sessions from both the PAA and GAIA over two days.

NFM 2014 - things are hotting

Jun 06 2014

 
With only six weeks to go, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2014 looks set to become a resounding success. More than 150 events (running between 18th July and 31st August 2014) have already been registered on this website, with the number increasing daily. Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part at an event in their local area run by suitably qualified and insured angling coaches.

Tackle manufacturing giants Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all members of NFM organisers the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - have stepped up as headline sponsors for the next two years and donated cash, tackle and products. Their contributions are significant and greatly valued because they will help take the national participation initiative onto the next stage of its development.

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.

COUNTDOWN TO NATIONAL FISHING MONTH 2013

Jun 20 2013

With less than a month to go, its full steam ahead for National Fishing Month (NFM) organised by the Angling Trades Association and its supporting partners. To date, over 250 events (running between 19th July and 26th August 2013) have been registered on the official NFM website (www.nationalfishingmonth.com), each detailing when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part at events in their local area.

                                        

National Fishing Month 2012 – a resounding success despite distractions

Aug 31 2012

The terrible British weather and the 2012 Olympics didn’t dampen the spirit of the coaches and National Fishing Month (NFM) organisers this year.  Despite the distractions, nearly 300 events took place across the country, attracting close to 14,000 participants across a huge range of ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles.

National Fishing Month - a great start despite the weather

Jul 24 2012

 

Despite the poor weather conditions and the cancellation of the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle, National Fishing Month 2012 began in style with a celebrity launch. Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, was on hand to open activities at a special event organised by Reading and District Angling Association (RDAA) at Longwater Lake, Green Park, Reading on Friday 20th July.

School children from the local area enjoyed one on one coaching sessions from Les Webber MBE (Angling Projects), Danny Williams (Angling Trust) and Will Barnard (RDAA), and the teachers even joined in! The Minister spent time talking all the participants and their coaches and he then joined the team for a celebratory picnic.

Richard Benyon said: “National Fishing Month is a fantastic opportunity to introduce thousands of new people to the benefits of angling. It was great to see youngsters from Reading getting into the sport at Friday’s launch and I hope the next four weeks are a great success.” 

Countdown to National Fishing Month 2012

Jul 10 2012

It is less than two weeks to the start of National Fishing Month (NFM) 2012, and the indications are that it is set to be yet another fabulous promotion. With more than 250 events nationwide listed online at www.nationalfishingmonth.com, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to have a go at fishing at a venue near to home.

Everyone who participates receives a NFM Goody Bag containing a ‘Get Into Fishing’ booklet full of information on how to get started and advice on different types of fishing, stickers and a money off voucher for the new Go Catch board game. They also receive a certificate of participation as a memento of their days fishing.

NFM headline sponsor, Go Outdoors, has organised a series of in store events around the country which include teaching sessions and hints and tips on carp, coarse, game and sea fishing.  The NFM website shows details of how to find a Go Outdoors store nearby.  Go Outdoors will also be promoting National Fishing Month to its extensive database, providing the initiative with an exciting and far reaching promotional message.

National Fishing Month provides hope for troubled teens

May 31 2012

As a full time angling coach, Professional Anglers’ Association Director Martin Porter considers himself to be a very lucky man. He has turned a lifetime hobby into a career by teaching troubled young people to fish.

But his work is much more complicated than that. In fact, it’s as complex as the young people themselves and the reasons they fail to fit into society .

2012 - off to a flying start

Apr 30 2012

National Fishing Month 2012 (NFM) takes place between 20th July and the 27th August, and with over 100 events already listed online at the new website www.nationalfishingmonth.com, organisers are hoping that this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Coverage and awareness of National Fishing Month will be stepped up this year as national destination retailer, Go Outdoors, has agreed to sponsor the initiative by organising store events across the country, promoting local outdoor events and giving away hundreds of gift vouchers as prizes.

National Fishing Month 2011 - better than ever

Feb 23 2012

 
National Fishing Month (NFM) 2011 was hailed as a resounding success with more than 300 events taking place across the country attracting over 15,000 participants of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles.

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