Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Each year we run hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. Get Fishing angling events are for anyone who wants to get into fishing, get back into angling or find out where to go fishing, who to go fishing with, what to use to start fishing and how to go fishing for the first time.
Our Get Fishing events are perfect for families looking for beginner sessions where you can learn to fish or get back into angling after a break – some of our events were planned before the current crisis so please call or contact the organisers to check they are still running before you set off. You can still go fishing with friends and families and at fisheries and club fishing venues all over England as long as you do it safely within Government guidance.
We’ve put together some videos explaining everything you need to know to get into fishing, beginner fishing tackle and fishing licence you need from www.gov.uk/fishing-licences so please remember to subscribe to our GetFishingTV YouTube.
We can also help you to find info on angling venues which have easy access for disabled people of all ages and abilities.
For further information contact your local Participation Team member here.
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.
How to start game fishing
How to start sea fishing
Our Get Fishing events are perfect for families looking for beginner sessions where you can learn to fish or get back into angling after a break – some of these events were added before the current crisis so please call or contact the organisers to check they are running before you set off. You can still go fishing with friends and families and at fisheries and club fishing venues all over England as long as you do it safely within Government guidance.
Search for fishing venues, river levels, tackle shops, clubs and coaches – near to your home or further afield. Remember, you must have a rod licence for freshwater fishing in England and Wales. You can buy a fishing licence online or get one in a post office or over the phone.
Freshwater Fishing – What You Need To Know To Start Coarse Fishing
Game Fishing – What You Need To Know To Start Fishing
Sea Fishing – What You Need To Know To Start Fishing
You need a rod fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales and the Border Esk region of Scotland. You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted.
Fishing helps motivate you to get outdoors and active enjoying a great activity together. It spans generation gaps that other sports sometimes cannot overcome. To find places to fish with accessible facilities check out our venue listings or search the British Disabled Angling Association’s “Find a Fishery” section.
Fishmark is the Angling Trust’s FREE national accreditation scheme for angling clubs and fisheries that meet the national standards for safeguarding and development. Fishmark is recognised across the country as a kind of “Kitemark” for all quality sports organisations. Find out how your club or fishery can get its Fishmark Certificate…