Thou­sands more take up fish­ing

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A FISH­ING par­tic­i­pa­tion ini­tia­tive in­tro­duced nearly 10,000 new peo­ple to the sport in 2018.

Na­tional Fish­ing Month, run by the An­gling Trades As­so­ci­a­tion, saw thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants take up fish­ing for the first time at more than 275 spe­cial NFM events in July, Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Naidre Werner, chair of the ATA said: “I’m de­lighted with the out­come of this year’s ef­forts. We con­tinue to owe a debt of grat­i­tude to the en­thu­si­as­tic, loyal sup­port of the vol­un­tary or­gan­is­ers and coaches who ac­tu­ally plan and de­liver the events ev­ery year.

“It’s down to their hard work that so many peo­ple are in­tro­duced to an­gling, and they are the ones who help build ini­tia­tives like NFM to re­cruit the next gen­er­a­tion of an­glers to our won­der­ful sport.”

One fish­ery that was heav­ily in­volved with con­tribut­ing to Na­tional Fish­ing Month was Bar­ford Lakes in Nor­folk.

Their nu­mer­ous free coach­ing ses­sions gave hun­dreds of young­sters a chance to get into an­gling.

An­gling Times re­cently caught up with Bar­ford’s owner Sarah Thom­son to find out more about the coach­ing work car­ried out at the fish­ery. To read the ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, please visit www. an­gling­ and click on the ‘News’ tab.

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