Take a Friend Fishing 2021
Take a Friend Fishing is back for summer 2021, giving even more people the chance to get out fishing.
Between Friday 23rd July to Sunday 5th September (inclusive), existing fishing licence holders can register for a FREE one-day fishing licence from the Environment Agency to take someone they know fishing.
The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of rod fishing licences. Money from rod fishing licence sales is spent on improving fisheries habitat and angling infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund.
You normally need a valid Environment Agency rod fishing licence if you are aged 13 or over and fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales, and the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland. An annual fishing licence only costs £30 for up to 2 rods to fish for coarse fish & trout. For a salmon and sea trout licence it’s £82. Concessionary, short term and three rod coarse fishing licences are also available. Visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence to buy one online. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
The Angling Trades Association (ATA) is the voice of the British Angling industry, aiming to unite the industry, promote and protect our loved sport. The ATA represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, fisheries, publishers, and distributors. www.anglingtradesassociation.com.
Cost: FREE one-day fishing licence worth £6 to £12
Type of Fishing: Coarse and Game
Perfect for: Anyone who has a fishing licence and wants to introduce a friend to the joys of going fishing!
Do I need to bring anything with me…? Outdoor activities are weather dependent so please bring something to keep you dry and/or sunblock and a drink. For “game angling” we recommend that you wear a hat and glasses/sunglasses to protect your head and eyes while casting.
Take a Friend Fishing is part of the Get Fishing campaign to get more people fishing more often is funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income as part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract with the Angling Trust, and Sport England. Fishing licences for juniors under the age of 17 are free, but you still need to register and receive a licence in order to go fishing.