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Take a Friend Fishing

Take a Friend Fishing is back…

Get together with a friend and create some amazing angling memories!
December 17th 2021 to January 2nd 2022

December and January are a fantastic time of year to get outdoors and enjoy some time next to the water. Taking a friend or family member for a winter fishing trip is the ideal opportunity to catch-up at Christmas. Anglers with a fishing licence can get a FREE one-day fishing licence worth £6 from the Environment Agency to take someone they know fishing.

Before you start to register...

Make sure you've got your fishing licence number handy!

Register for a FREE one-day fishing licence for a friend

  • Part 1] About your Fishing Trip...

  • TOP-TIP: Your one day fishing licence is only valid on the date of your fishing trip so, to avoid having to apply again, please check the date with your friend first!

    To start, please choose a date to go fishing...
  • - A trout and coarse licence allows you to fish for all freshwater fish, but not for salmon or sea trout - NB: It is the close season for migratory salmonids (salmon and sea trout)
  • Part 2] About you

  • This will be included in the email that you and your friend receive.
  • Please enter your date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format.
    You can use the calendar picker or simply type into the box.
    DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • OPTIONAL: Your friend can use this to contact you about the fishing trip
  • Your rod fishing licence number is printed on your fishing licence or is in an email that you were sent when you bought your fishing licence.
    Please enter all the characters as they appear on your licence without any spaces.
  • Where to find your rod fishing licence number.

  • You'll get an email with your free one day fishing licence and must have a copy of this with you on the day when you Take a Friend Fishing.
  • Part 3] About your friend

    Details of the person you will be taking fishing.
  • Please acknowledge that you have already asked the permission of your friend to enter their details onto this form.
  • This will be included in the email that you and your friend receive.
  • Please enter your friend's date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format.
    You can use the calendar picker or simply type into the box.
    DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • We'll notify your friend that you've applied for their free one day fishing licence
    When you press the REGISTER button and submit this form you will be sent the free one day fishing licence and your friend will be sent an email notifying them about the dates of the fishing trip - we have included your email address in their notification in case they need to contact you about the fishing trip.

About your Take a Friend Fishing one day fishing rod licence
– You must check the rod licence rules and local byelaws at www.gov.uk/freshwater-rod-fishing-rules before you go fishing.
– If an Environment Agency Officer asks to see your licence you’ll be required to show them:
1] Your own rod fishing licence
2] An electronic or printed copy of the email confirming your friend’s Take a Friend Fishing fishing licence
3] Proof of identity if asked

Terms and Conditions of the Take a Friend Fishing licence:
1] Your friend’s fishing licence will be valid on the single date that you’ve applied for
2] Your friend must be accompanied by you, the fishing rod licence holder
3] You must also have your fishing rod licence available for inspection
4] “Friend” refers to any person you’re applying for
5] The Environment Agency will use your data to register you for a 1 day rod fishing licence
6] The Environment Agency will use your friend’s data to associate them with your 1 day rod fishing licence
7] Your personal data will only be used for the registration of this process, for yourself and for your friend.
8] The Angling Trust will only use data submitted via this form for the sole purposes of this event and not for any other purpose or 3rd party marketing.

We at the Angling Trust respect your data and privacy.
There’s more information on how the Angling Trust use personal data at www.anglingtrust.net/privacy-statement.

Thanks to: Hassan Khan for the photo used here of himself and Ed Matthews pike fishing.

 

About Take a Friend Fishing

FAQs - find out how to introduce a friend or get someone back into fishing

WHAT’S TAKE A FRIEND FISHING ALL ABOUT?

Take a Friend Fishing was relaunched in 2020 and since then over 6,000 people have taken part – this partnership initiative is designed to give more people the chance to get into fishing. This year’s campaign aims to get even more people back out by the waterside. The initiative will show people it’s still just as easy to get into angling, especially with a friend to show you how, and a free fishing licence from the Environment Agency usually worth £6 (…and £12  for salmon and seatrout when allowed!)

WHY SHOULD I TAKE PART?

Here’s three great reasons…
1] The Christmas holidays are a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some time next to the water. Taking a friend or family member for a fishing trip is the ideal opportunity to spend time outdoors and escape your screens this holiday.

2] Getting outside in the countryside is a great way to be with family and friends and angling is the perfect fit for staying active outdoors.

3] With physical activity playing a vital role in both our health and mental wellbeing, a fishing trip with a mate or family member means you can stay active, and fish safely following guidelines on the Angling Trust website.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Use #takeafriendfishing #getfishing to share your Take a Friend Fishing pics of you and friends fishing together.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GetOutThereGetFishing
Twitter: @GetIntoFishing
Instagram: @getintofishing

WHERE CAN I TAKE A FRIEND FISHING?

At this time of year there are still loads of fisheries, lakes, stretches or river and canal open all over the country that are perfect to visit even in colder weather, and a catch-up with a friend can easily be combined with a quick ‘Take a Friend Fishing trip’.

WHEN CAN I TAKE A FRIEND FISHING?

Due to its massive success throughout 2020 and 2021, Take a Friend Fishing is back for the Christmas holidays. Between Friday 17th December to Sunday 2nd January (inclusive), existing fishing licence holders can register for a FREE one-day fishing licence from the Environment Agency to take someone they know fishing.

DO ME AND MY FRIEND BOTH NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS?

Yes. You both have to have a working email address. This offer is only available online via this web page. You cannot register anywhere else. The free one-day fishing licence can only be issued by email. Both you and your friend need a separate email address and it must be working. This is a condition of the offer and there is no other offer or alternative available. If you or your friend need to get an email it’s quick and easy to get one free by using a service such as Gmail from Google – using this example it takes less than 5 minutes to setup a free Gmail email address here at www.accounts.google.com/signup – of course, other free email services are available!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I REGISTER?

You’ll receive an email with your free licence. You need to bring a copy with you on your phone or device so that you can show it to any Environment Agency Officer, Fishery Owner or Club/Syndicate Bailiff if requested.

GOT A PROBLEM USING THIS FORM?

Please DO not contact any of the Regional Contact people on this page – they are not technical support and will not be able to help – contact [email protected] by email instead. Remember to include your telephone number if you want a call. Your enquiry will be dealt with as soon as your email is read. You might not receive a reply immediately – it can take up to 24hours.

GOT A PROBLEM RECEIVING YOUR FREE ONE-DAY LICENCE?

If you did not receive your free one-day fishing licence email it is because of email or email/server settings. The most common issue is caused by not entering your own or your friend’s email correctly. Check that you have both the email addresses right. This is beyond our control and you might need to check your inbox or contact your internet service provider. We cannot help with your email settings, how your internet service provider manages emails or emails not arriving. Angling Trust is not responsible for problems caused by confirmation emails not arriving. This form has been thoroughly tested.

WHO RUNS TAKE A FRIEND FISHING?

Take a Friend Fishing is a partnership between the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Angling Trades Association. 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. 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 and Fisheries Improvement Programme

WHATS THE OBJECTIVE?

The campaign focuses on making it as easy as possible for an existing angler to take someone they know fishing. It is part of the Get Fishing campaign run by the Angling Trust the national representative and governing body for angling in England. This work is supported by Environment Agency rod fishing licence income and helps to introduce thousands of people to fishing each year. Find out more at www.anglingtrust.net.

WHAT ARE FISHING LICENCES FOR?

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

You can go back to the registration form HERE.

 

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Get in touch...

Need help to find somewhere to Take a Friend Fishing?

Contact our Participation Team for info on places to go

How and Where to Fish
The whole of England and Wales is covered by your free one-day fishing licence. If you want a hand finding a place to fish or just need more info on Take a Friend Fishing or how to start fishing we are here to help – Use the contacts below.

Problem using this form?
Please DO not contact anybody below – they are not technical support and will not be able to help – read the FAQs.

Problem receiving your free one-day fishing licence email?
If you did not receive your free one-day fishing licence email please read the FAQs for possible reasons why.

UPDATE: Brand New Logo for 2021!

Please use the new logo in your promotion of Take a Friend Fishing

There’s a brand new Take a Friend Fishing logo for 2021 and it’s available here (5Mb) in various formats with some simple guidelines on how to use it in your promotions and social media. The Take a Friend Fishing campaign is a partnership between the Angling Trades Association, the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust – it’s designed to give more people the chance to get into fishing.

 

THANKS

Thanks for using this page to be part of Take a Friend Fishing 2021

What happens after registration?
You’ll receive an email with your free licence. You need to bring a copy with you on your phone or device so that you can show it to any Environment Agency Officer, Fishery Owner or Club/Syndicate Bailiff if requested.

You can go back to the registration form HERE.