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‘Take a Friend Fishing’ expands for 2023

The national ‘Take a Friend Fishing’ and ‘National Fishing Month’ campaigns are back in 2023 with an extended programme of events.

Aimed at attracting new anglers into the sport and encouraging lapsed anglers to pick up their rods and head back to the waterside, ‘Take a Friend Fishing’ and ‘National Fishing Month’ offer more opportunities than ever before for anglers to go fishing with a non-angling friend during their extended 2023 Easter and summer campaigns.

To encourage existing anglers to become involved in the ‘Take a Friend Fishing’ Easter initiative, which runs from Saturday, April 1to Sunday, April 16 inclusive, and National Fishing Month’s ‘Summer Holidays’ campaign  between Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, September 3 inclusive, existing fishing licence holders can register for a free one-day fishing licence from the Environment Agency at to take someone they know fishing.

The one-day licences would normally cost worth £6.50 for a coarse and non-migratory trout licence or £12.60 for a salmon and sea trout licence.

Take a Friend Fishing is an initiative run by the Angling Trades Association in association with the Environment Agency and supported by Angling Trust, the Canal & River Trust and many other angling organisations.

Andrew Race, Chairman of the Angling Trades Association, said: “After the success of Take a Friend Fishing in 2022, I am looking forward to building momentum again in 2023 with an extended programme. Take a Friend Fishing is capable of making such a difference, not only to the long-term development of angling recruitment, but also to people’s lives. Angling is a proven therapy both mentally and physically and it knows no boundaries in terms of ability, age, sex, or background.”

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Written by Peter Cliff
With career in Public Relations and journalism, Peter worked for local, regional and national newspapers before moving into Public Relations. A regular contributor to several major angling publications over the years, he launched in 1999.


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