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Find Fishing Events Want to get into fishing or find out where to go fishing? Our website "Get Fishing" has all the angling information you and your family need. Find out about angling events, fisheries and venues so you can start fishing for the first time, get back into angling or go family fishing after school or in the holidays.

Coaching Development

Find a Club, Coach or Fishery Our Search Map will help you find fishing in your local area or when you travel away from home. Try your local Angling Trust affiliated shop or club who will be able to give you info on the best venues, methods and tackle needed to succeed. Make contact with an Angling Trust Qualified Coach and they will provide you with the best quality guidance available.

2017 Rod Licence-Small

Buy your rod licence online Anyone aged 17 or over who wishes to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland requires a rod licence to fish with a rod and line. Rod licences for Juniors aged 12-16 are free. There is no licence requirement for under 12s.


What's the record...? Check out our lists of the biggest fish from the British Record Fish Committee.

About Coarse Fishing

Coarse AnglingCoarse fishing is the most popular type of angling in England and most people live within a few miles of a river, canal, lake or pond where they can catch coarse fish.

The main techniques are float fishing, legering and spinning and different rods are used for each technique. Float fishing involves a float made of cork, quill, wood or plastic which lets the angler know when a fish takes the bait. No float is used in legering; instead a weight is used to hold the bait on the bottom of the river or lake and bites from fish are indicated by the twitching of the rod tip (called a quiver tip) or by electronic bite alarms attached to the line. Groundbait is thrown into the water to attract fish to the area where the angler has cast the bait. A swimfeeder can be used on the line instead of a legering weight, which introduces a small amount of bait to the area being fished with each cast.

Pole fishing has become much more popular in recent years. Poles are made of very light carbon-fibre material and can be more than 15 metres long. Instead of using a reel, the line is attached to a short piece of elastic to the tip of the pole and when a fish takes the bait the pole is taken apart in pieces and then the fish is landed. Pole fishing makes it possible for the angler to place the bait gently and accurately in a particular spot, causing less disturbance to the fish and keeping greater control over the line. The downside is that the angler’s range is limited to the length of the pole. Whips are short, single-section poles which are a good way to learn this technique.

Spinning is a technique used for predatory fish and uses a lure which is pulled through the water to imitate a small fish. Sometimes plugs are used, which are more lifelike than spinners and can operate at different depths in the water.

There are around 25 species of coarse fish commonly fished for in the UK, but the most popular are carp, barbel, pike, perch, roach, rudd, bream, tench, dace, chub, eels, zander and Wels catfish.

Your local tackle shop will be able to give you advice about what tackle you will need to get started. Some expert anglers spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds on rods and reels, but you could buy everything you need to go fishing for less than £50. By joining Angling Trust and the Fish For Free programme, you can earn points when you shop on the high street and online which earn you cash back on tackle and fishing permits.

Everyone who goes fishing in freshwater in England and Wales must have a rod licence and you can buy yours online through 

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