Thousands more take up fishing
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. anglingtimes.co.uk and click on the ‘News’ tab.