It's that time of year again - National Fishing Month 2019 is back and celebrating all things angling. The aim of this initiative is to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with fishing; no matter what age, gender or nationality - fishing is for everyone!
There is a range of organised events that offer non-anglers a chance to learn how to fish from qualified, licensed coaches. During National Fishing Month, they often offer reduced fees and free tackle.
National Fishing Month 2019 began on 26th July and ends 1st September. It falls at the perfect time during school summer holidays to encourage families and kids to get involved. Summer is also a great opportunity for fishing as close season ends 15th June, meaning you can catch coarse fish from now until 15th March 2020.
There are lots of registered events taking place all around the country to help inform the general public about angling and promote the economic, social and environmental benefits. Here are just a few events:
To view all events, go to the official fishing events page and click 'Find an Event' on the right and you can search for them by postcode.
Thanks to National Fishing Month, there are various rental discounts at many fisheries and organised events will provide rental equipment at a low cost as well.
When at the water, here are a few fishing essentials you'll need:
Rod - Spin rods are great freshwater all-rounders. They're ideal for beginners, lightweight and less prone to tangling, which is a common problem when starting out.
Reel - Spincast reels with a front drag are a great choice as like spin rods, they're resistant to tangling. This makes them easier to control and allows you to fish from any location.
Lines - Monofilament is flexible, making it easy to handle and knot. Most anglers begin with mono lines and then progress on to fluorocarbon, braid or unifilament when more experienced.
Hooks - Eyed hooks are easier to tie than spade ends, which beginners will prefer even though they make a bulkier connection to the fishing line. Avoid cheap hooks though, even for beginners, as too often they're dull straight out of the pack.
Lures - Spinner lures are easy to attach and don't require a lot of work. The blade's sound and vibration attracts the fish, so first-timers don't have to trial and error different twitches and jerk motions.
Most anglers see fishing as a sport or hobby, but some like to take home their catch of the day. With a licence you're able to take a certain amount of fish home, yet there are some restrictions. Restrictions include: size, amount of fish and fish type.
Visit the Freshwater Rod Fishing Rules page to find out more information about these restrictions. Bear in mind they only apply to public fishing spots. Private fisheries can set their own rules and some insist on catch-and-release only. Wherever you are, you won't go wrong if you always weigh your catch, photograph it, unhook it and then send it back.
There's no better time to get the whole family fishing this summer! To find out more information about this initiative, visit the National Fishing Month website.