Fishing has often been described as Britain's largest participant sport. Whether that is true or not, millions of us certainly enjoy getting out by the water whether it is a river, lake or the sea to wet a line and relax (unless you are competition fishing of course!) It's a great way to soak up a bit of nature in often beautiful surroundings and if you are sea fishing or fly fishing then maybe you will also be hoping to take home your supper too.
There is a joke amongst regular anglers in that those who only go fishing when the sun shines are "fair weather fishermen" but in truth you can of course fish in any weather and be successful - the fish don't care if it's raining or not. In fact they often seem to like it as it can help bring extra food their way. Summer is a particularly good time to go fishing in Britain with many different opportunities to choose from depending on where you are and what sort of adventure you are looking for.
The Angling Trust is England's national governing body for angling and organises a variety of events, often with other partners, to give everyone the chance to have a go at fishing and then help support future participation.
This summer we are running a campaign called #FamilyFishing in association with the charity Get Hooked on Fishing. Throughout the season there are several regional events planned where the whole family can get outdoors and try free taster sessions with angling coaches, qualified and licensed through the Angling Trust in a safe environment plus have a fun day out by the water. If some family members aren't interested in the fishing no problem - other attractions will be available at each event. Further informationon all the event dates, locations and contact details.
For those anglers interested in finding some new places to go fishing over the summer, check out our new website Fishinginfo created in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Met office.
The site enables you to look up a location and find the closest fishing spots as well as tackle shops, coaches or fishing clubs. Register for a free account and you can save your favourite fishing locations for quick access and even add your own secret spots too. Once you select a location you can then check out the weather forecast, sunrise and sunset times and even the river level nearby. The website is mobile friendly so it works on your phone, tablet or computer and currently covers freshwater fishing locations but later this year we will be adding sea fishing data also.
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You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland. The funds raised from rod licence sales play a crucial part in protecting and improving fisheries and in providing better access to fishing.
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