Families are being encouraged to give the kids something excitingly different to do this half term by taking them fishing… for free! In recent years the late October weather has been great, and the warm memories of fun fishing will last through the colder months of the winter ahead, and longer. Best of all – it won’t cost a penny, so give fishing a go!
The special promotion is part of the annual Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association in partnership with the Environment Agency and supported by Angling Trust fishery members and individual fishery venues.
It’s easy to participate – cut out or print off the fishing licence voucher, fill in your contact details, validate it online at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher, and get fishing with a family member or a friend.
To ‘Take your kids fishing for free’ between 14th October and midnight 29th October 2017, download the voucher from: http://www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk/offers/free-rod-licence-voucher/
All children aged between 12 and 16 can now enjoy a free fishing licence to fish in still waters, rivers and streams. Parents can register their children for a FREE licence at www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence. Children under the age of 12 can still fish for free without a fishing licence.
Take a Friend Fishing – Day Ticket Offers
To support the Take A Friend Fishing promotion between Saturday 14th October to midnight Sunday 29th October, a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club members have kindly put forward a selection of offers on their waters.
Whilst we have gathered as much information as possible, please check the information carefully for exclusions and make sure that you call the contact number to make them aware that you will be fishing at their venue. You should take your validated TAFF voucher with you as evidence that you are taking part in the TAFF event. The person accompanying you must hold a current fishing licence and have it with them for inspection.
Alders Farm Fishery
Ivy Lane, Great Brickhill, Bucks, MK17 9AH
Contact details: Charlotte Monk 01525261713, [email protected], www.aldersfarm.com
Type of Fishing: Specimen fishing, match and pleasure fishing venue. Mainly carp, also some silver fish in Pines Lake.
Offer: 2for1 and kids fish free on the promotion days
Normal Prices: £9 adults and £5 kids per day on smaller carp lakes, £16 on specimen.
Rules and exclusions: Available on our website www.aldersfarm.com
Milton Country Park
Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, CB24 6AZ
Type of fishing and facilities: Beginner and specimen. Onsite facilities such as a visitors centre, a refreshment kiosk and more importantly fully functioning toilets available to all users of the park. On-site parking is available.
TAFF Offer: Two for One
Normal day ticket prices: £6
Rules or exclusions: Tickets must be purchased before session commences from The Visitors Centre. Full list of rules can be obtained from the website.
Sherwood Forest Fishery
Sherwood Forest Farm Park, nr Mansfield. NG21 9HL
Contact Details: Mick 07721316334, email [email protected] , website www.sherwoodfishery.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: There are five lakes and 185 pegs at Sherwood set in 20 acres far away from the madding crowd, and each offering something different. There are six large car parks at Sherwood and thus easy access to most pegs by car, with disabled parking possible at most pegs.
Offer: Two for One
Normal Prices: Adults one rod £7, two rods £10. Juniors under 16 £5 one rod, £7 for two. OAP’s £5 for one rod, £7 for two.
Rules and Exclusions: See the website for details.
Lechlade and Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries
Lechlade Trout Farm, Burford Road, Lechlade, Glos. GL7 3QQ
Contact Details: Tim Small 01367 253 266, [email protected], website www.lechladetrout.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Day Ticket Trout Fishing. Tackle Shop, Clubhouse, Tuition, Rod Hire. 2 lakes, 22 acres and 8 acres.
Offer: Children fish free when accompanied by an adult (and share their ticket).
Normal prices: From £27.50 to £65, depending on ticket type.
Rules and exclusions: Please visit website
Andy’s Fishing Lake
Tretire, Pencoyd, HR2 8ND
Contact Details: Speak to any of the Pursey family on 01989 730210 or email [email protected], www.andysfishinglake.co.uk
Type of Fishing and Facilities: Carp, Roach, Tench, Bream and Perch on 5 acre lake
TAFF Offer: Age 16 and under fish for free
Normal ticket price: £7 day ticket or £6 for concessions
Rules: Barbless Hooks only, No Keepnets, Two rods permitted per angler, you can fish from Dawn until Dusk,
Please park vehicles well away from the edge of the lake, no fishing on the wildlife reserve pool at the top end of the lake, please take all litter home with you, please use the toilet provided, situated in the car park near the entrance
Top Barn Farm Fishery
Holt Heath Worcester WR6 6NJ
Contact Details: Nicky Harper [email protected], 07739746660, www.topbarn.co.uk
Type of Fishing: Coarse fishing pools variety fish including carp, tench and perch
Offer: 2 for 1
Normal Prices: £6.50 or £5.50 concession or £4.00 children
Rules and Exclusions: See website for rules
Bay Malton Angling Club
Border Fisheries, Waybutt Lane, Balterley, Crewe CW2 5QA
Contact Details: Dave Grosvenor 01270 820812, [email protected], www.baymaltonanglingclub.org.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse. Café and toilets on site open Tuesday to Sunday all year round.
Offer: Two for One day tickets and children £3.00
Normal prices: Adults £7, OAP £5, Children £4
Rules and Exclusions: Barbless hooks only and fishery pellets to be used. Rules available on the club website www.baymaltonanglingclub.org.uk
Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1HW
Type of fishing and facilities: Fly fishing for trout from 2lb to doubles in four stunning spring-fed lakes in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Check our website for a full list of facilities.
TAFF Offer: 2-for-1 Day ticket.
Normal day ticket prices: Two fish ticket – which entitles you to catch and keep two rainbow trout – is ￡35
Rules or exclusions: See website for details
LONDON AND SOUTH EAST
Brick Farm Lakes
The Fishing Lodge, Brick Farm, Windmill Hill, HERSTMONCEUX, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 4RS
Contact Details: Fishery Manager – Annie Latter – 01323 832 615 – [email protected], website www.brickfarmlakes.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Fly fishing for trout. Brick Farm Lakes offers three very well-stocked trout lakes. We have a really wonderful Fishing Lodge offering Free Tea, Coffee and biscuits to our anglers daily, with clean WCs, ample parking, friendly staff and a very comfortable environment. There is also a large deck area outside with tables and seating for those sunny days. No dogs please but plenty of room for families to picnic if preferred.
TAFF Offer: We are happy to offer 2 for the price of 1 for anglers introducing a friend who has not fished with us before and Children under 16 can fish for free on our 2 and 3-Fish tickets. We will also offer a £5 discount, if preferred, on our Shared 5-Fish ticket for Guardian/child under 16 year’s combination. This is usually a 4-Fish ticket. All our tickets last all day.
Normal day ticket prices: All day tickets at 2-Fish £25, 3-Fish £30, 4-Fish £35, Guardian and child under 16 years £35, Shared 5-Fish £40, 6-Fish £45
Rules or exclusions: Please visit our website for our Fishery Rules which can be found on www.brickfarmlakes.co.uk then choose the ‘Your Fishery’ option from the top menu, followed by Opening Times and Information from the drop-down list. The Rules are towards the end of this page.
Cockfosters, London, EN4 9DW
Contact Details: Hadley Angling and Preservation Society, [email protected] www.haps.org.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Carp and general coarse fishery
TAFF Offer: Children (16 and under) fish free if accompanied by an Adult purchasing a day ticket
Normal day ticket prices: Adult: £6 per Rod per day Child: £3 per rod per day
Rules or exclusions: Standard HAPS day ticket and fishery rules apply. Not available match days (see website for details)
The Towpath Fishery
Type of fishing and facilities: The Towpath Fishery is the on the river Lee Navigation approximately 7 miles of river enabling fishing on most of the sections between Hertford and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. These fishing rights are for angling from the recognised towpath of the waterway and also include Feildes Weir, Dobbs Weir and the Old Mill at Broxbourne. This is a coarse fishery with excellent catch reports for roach, perch and specimen chub.
TAFF Offer: 2 for 1 fishing with children under 14 fishing free. This offer only applies to the Towpath Fishery and none of the clubs other waters
Normal Prices: Adult day ticket £4, £2 for Seniors and Juniors under 16 years
Rules or Exclusions: The close season is observed on the fishery. Anglers must hold where applicable an Environment Agency fishing licence. All fish must be returned to the water. Carp Sacks are not allowed on the fishery. Regulation sized keepnets to be used. Anglers must be in possession of a landing net and if targeting specimen fish unhooking mats are needed, No bankside vegetation to be cut or damaged. Leave NO litter. No fires allowed.
Milton Coombe, YELVERTON, Devon. PL20 6HP
Contact Details: 01822 855585 evenings or 078 999 584 93, [email protected]
Type of fishing and facilities: 2 coarse fishing lakes – lakeside parking
Offer: 2 for 1 – children free
Normal Prices: £7.00 per day – £10 overnight
Rules or Exclusions: Barbless hooks – no peanuts or pulses
Southfield Farm, Rainton Lane, Dishforth, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3DA
Contact Details: Tel 01765640231 email [email protected] Facebook Southfield Fisheries Rainton
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse Fishing, 2 Ponds, Car Park, Toilet suitable for able and disabled fishermen,
Ponds surrounded by Otter fence. Pond A Carp up to 14lbs, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Ide, Crucian Carp and Chubb.
Pond B Carp up to 22lbs, Tench, Crucian Carp and Roach.
Offer: Children fish free with one paying Adult
Normal prices: Adults £8, Concessionary and juniors £6
Rules and Exclusions: Juniors under 14 must be accompanied by Adult. Only Barbless hooks allowed. Anglers must be in possession of a landing net at all times. Keep nets only allowed in pre booked matches. No fish to be removed from site. No night fishing. Pond A – 12lb minimum line and an unhooking mat are recommended to be used. In order to prevent the introduction of disease, fishermen are requested to disinfect landing nets in tanks by Pond B prior to fishing. The gate to the Fishery should be kept closed at all times
West House Trout lakes
Mill lane, Bishopton, Co Durham TS21 1LL
Contact Details: www.westhouse-troutlakes.co.uk Tel 07836 330157 [email protected]
Type of fishing and facilities: Trout
TAFF Offer: Children free with adult
Normal day ticket prices: 4 hours + 1 fish £15 full day + 1 fish £18
Rules or exclusions: see website
Glen of Rothes Trout and Coarse Fishery
Glen of Rothes, Aberlour, AB38 7AG, Scotland
Contact Details: Telephone 01340 831888 or 07967 466973, website www.morayflyfishing.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Carp, brown trout, rainbow trout, tench, bream. If you don’t have tackle of your own, and you want to have a go, we have both fly and bait rods, nets, and a large selection of flies and lures all here on site – all you need to bring is yourself. We have a heated lodge, with toilet facilities for the disabled, as well as a sitting area and a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks. Car parking is right beside the lodge, and 30 metres from the lochs, but disabled anglers are welcome to drive right up to the edge of the water.
TAFF Offer: Children free with adult
Normal day ticket prices: Full day 3 fish for £28, 6 Hours 2 fish for £24, 4 hours 2 fish for £20. Parent and child (under 14yrs old) 4 Hours share 2 fish £26 (must kill first 2 fish). COARSE LOCH, 1 rod used £10 8 hours, 2 rods used £15.
Rules or exclusions: see website
Dwrbach, Fishguard, SA65 9RE
Contact details: Darren and Hannah Bailey, 07842455233/01348 873497,
[email protected], www.yet-y-gors.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Mixed pleasure coarse fishing – car parking/toilets/camping
TAFF Offer: 2 for 1 day tickets
Normal day ticket prices: £8
Rules or exclusions: please look on website
Contact for TAFF:
Naidre Werner, Project Manager, Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF)