National Fishing Month

21st July to 3rd September 2017

National Fishing Month

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Welcome to National Fishing Month 2017

Welcome to the National Fishing Month website.

This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 21st July, and conclude on the 3rd 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 03 2017

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 21st July to 3rd September, 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.

Flying The Flag For Fishing

Sep 12 2016

Angling’s largest participation programme, National Fishing Month (NFM), continues to set the benchmark for fishing participation initiatives, following the introduction of nearly 14,000 new people to angling this summer. They took part in a nationwide schedule of 326 special NFM events – a new record - held across six weeks during July and August 2016.

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.

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.


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.


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 (, 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, 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, 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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Events Calendar

July 2017

Events planned on this day:

GVAC - NFM Fish Club Event (IP6 8JD)


Events planned on this day:

National Fishing open (CF47 8RE)


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