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!
Jan 01 2018
National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-
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 (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.
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.
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.’
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.
Aug 05 2015
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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.
Jul 22 2014
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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.
Aug 01 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 .
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.
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.