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Celebrities Endorse National Fishing Month 2018

If you’ve wondered what National Fishing Month is or why every July and August, there’s so much talk about angling, here’s what’s happening…

Two famous faces who know why fishing is one of the most popular sports and hobbies in the UK have got on board and given their backing to National Fishing Month (NFM) which runs between between 27th July and 2nd September. Author and presenter of TV smash hit River Monsters, Jeremy Wade, and TV presenter and keen angler Nick Hancock are both supporting this year’s initiative to get thousands of people fishing.

Jeremy said: “The National Fishing Month campaign is a great way for people to learn angling basics and appreciate the outdoors. By introducing newcomers to the sport, you pass on a gift that stays with them throughout their lives.”

Best known for hosting BBC’s They Think It’s All Over and Room 101, Nick Hancock will be hosting the new-look Fishing Theatre at The Game Fair this summer where National Fishing Month will be launched. Nick said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting and interviewing some amazing anglers in the new Fishing Theatre and seeing all that this historic event has to offer the country sports community.”

With over 250 events across the UK between 27th July and 2nd September 2018 which coincide with the summer school holidays, there are plenty of events for families to book, get out on the bank and have a great day together.

It doesn’t matter what age you start fishing. Children can take part on equal terms with their grandparents. You can fish alone, with friends and family or in an organised group for an hour or two or for a whole day – it’s your choice. Angling is fun, all the family can take part and research shows that fishing can be good for you, providing outdoor exercise, activity and mental wellness.

Why not enjoy yourself this summer, get outdoors and get healthy? Take part in a National Fishing Month event and join in with thousands of young people, parents, grandparents and friends who’ll enjoy quality family time together at the waterside over the holiday period. Book your place at an event now at

All children under the age of 16 can now enjoy a free fishing licence to fish in still waters, rivers and streams. Just visit

The Angling Trades Association created NFM 26 years ago and financially contributes to the running of the participation initiative. Over the last 26 years, members of the trade association have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of tackle to organisers and coaches to help run events and have supplied loads of ‘goodies’ and prizes to be given away to participants. This year’s headline sponsors include manufacturers Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda, with retailers Fishing Republic, Fosters of Birmingham and Angling Direct providing donations and logistical support.

In support of the participation programmes to get more people fishing, the Environment Agency gives a percentage of the money raised from fishing licences back into programmes like NFM. The Angling Trust supports NFM through its team of Regional Officers and its fishery, club and coaching membership, who are all encouraged to take part in and support local events.

The Professional Anglers Association, Game Angling Instructors Association and Angling Cymru support angling coaches across the UK. They promote NFM by organising and supporting a large number of local events across England and Wales.


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About National Fishing Month (27th July and 2nd September 2018)

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. It is organised and led by the Angling Trades Association with the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru, Game Angling Instructors Association, the Professional Anglers Association and the Environment Agency as supporting partners.

All over the country, qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to the sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge by supporting manufacturers, fishery owners and retailers.

 Established in 1992, National Fishing Month is celebrating its 26th year in 2018

About the Angling Trades Association

The Angling Trades Association is the only professional body to represent the angling industry in the UK. The Association counts amongst its membership base most of the UK’s major angling suppliers and wholesalers, as well as leading retailers, coarse fisheries and publishers. Dubbed the ‘governing body for the tackle trade’, the ATA is celebrating its 45th year in 2018.

The ATA’s aim is to promote, represent and protect the trade across all three angling disciplines – sea, game and coarse fishing. In so doing it strives to achieve not only long-term stability for the sport but, more importantly, growth and development.

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