Angling Times (UK)

ANGLER RECRUITMEN­T AND RETAINMENT

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SOME may dislike busy fisheries, but newcomers are vital for the future. Strangely enough, the Covid era has seen a boom in angler numbers as ‘green space therapy’ and outdoor activities are valued more than ever.

And, of course, every new angler means more cash for fishing clubs, tackle shops and vital fishery improvemen­ts.

Perhaps the bigger question is how to convert new blood into regular and lifelong anglers. That’s the big challenge – but the good news is that our sport has an amazing amount of expert help these days. Angling Trust coaches alone number over 1,300 across the country, not to mention countless volunteers. What can we do? The simplest action is simply to take friends and family fishing! It’s up to every club, fishery and individual to do their bit.

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