Your Let­ters on the week’s news

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

I’D like to con­grat­u­late the En­vi­ron­ment Agency on a very sen­si­ble over­haul of the rod li­cence sys­tem.

I am a mem­ber of sev­eral fish­ing clubs and the num­ber of ju­niors on their books is des­per­ately low. I can’t re­mem­ber the last time I saw a young­ster on the bank when I was fish­ing one of their waters.

Giv­ing them a free rod li­cence is a great in­cen­tive to try out fish­ing and, as Andy May said in last week’s Angling Times, you only need to give them one go with a rod and they’ll soon be crav­ing more.

I’ve heard a few moans about the fact that the adult li­cence price is go­ing up from £27 to £30 but I think these peo­ple need to take a long hard look at them­selves. I don’t like spend­ing ex­tra money when I see no ben­e­fit to it, but it is clear that small ex­tra out­lay is mak­ing sure that ju­niors get the chance to go fish­ing for free. Carl Neal, Bletch­ley

Free fish­ing means more kids on the bank.

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