It’s that time of year again! National Fishing Month is almost upon us. Time to celebrate our favourite sport and spread the angling love to our friends and family with some top notch events.
Last year’s NFM was a cracker with over 14,000 new people introduced to angling through hundreds of taster sessions, family days, and competitions. This year’s National Fishing Month is set to be another hit. Here are some of our top picks for events taking place around the country.
1. 15th Annual Charity Angling Competition – Northumberland
Now in its 15th year, the Annual Charity Angling Competition is an opportunity for children and adults alike to showcase their angling skills. And, in addition to the chance to win competition prizes on the day, all entrants will automatically be entered into a prize draw for a “Golden Ticket” (a Northumbrian Water seven-day fishing permit) as well. Add to that the chance to enjoy the picturesque surrounds and great trout fishing of the Fontburn Reservoir and this is sure to be a great day out.
2) Prince Albert Angling Society Junior Open Competition – Cheshire
If you’ve got junior anglers under the age of 16 in the family, then head over to Cheshire in August for another great competition. The Prince Albert Angling Society Junior Open Competition is free to enter, and offers prizes and the obvious bragging rights that come with them! Plus, there will be licensed Angling Trust coaches on hand to help during the day.
3. Fish n Frolics – Warwickshire
Over at the Shipston Sport Club in Warwickshire this July, Fish n Frolics will be serving up three days of fishing-orientated fun, with angling contests and tutorials on the River Stour. And if that wasn’t enough, there will be a festival atmosphere, live music, stalls, and plenty of food and drink.
4. YOUFISH Sportivate – Nottinghamshire
If you’ve got young coarse anglers in your family, then YOUFISH Sportivate in Nottingham is the event for you. YOUFISH is aimed at getting more young anglers out on the water; in this case, the Richmond Canal. You’ll want to book their spaces in advance though, as it’ll fill up quickly. But all tackle and bait will be provided on the day, and experienced Angling Trust-licensed coaches will be ready and waiting to help hone your kids’ skills.
5) Sea Casting for Beginners and Improvers – Devon
Think you’re a dab hand on the riverbank, but you’re not sure how to find your feet when it comes to Sea Casting? This event, held on Goodrington Beach, is a great place to start. As the name suggests, Sea Casting for Beginners and Improvers is aimed at newbies and those looking to perfect their technique, both adults and kids alike. During the evening, the coaches will talk you through the basic methods of fishing from the shore. And there’s a good pub nearby to retire to after your session – as long as you’re over 18, of course.
6) Family Fishing Day and BBQ – Kent
Cranbrook Angling Club’s family fishing day in August is set to be one of the best events in Kent this summer. Not only will you get the chance to pick the brains and admire the form of professional fishing coaches, but there’s a five-acre lake to enjoy and the club will be laying out all the tackle and bait you’ll need for a spot of angling. And there’s a free BBQ. Great fishing and great food; what more could you ask for?
7. CFPAS Angling Family Open Day – Cambridgeshire
Another unmissable event for the whole family, the CFPAS LTD Angling Family Open Day will be offering taster sessions for carp, waggler, and pole fishing around the lake at Milton Country Park in July. And the Park Rangers will even be on hand during the day, offering three pond dipping sessions. The park itself is spread across 95 picturesque acres, with plenty of paths and children’s play areas to enjoy. So don’t forget to bring a picnic with you on the day.
8. Angling in Essex Family Day – Essex
As blogger Sam Edmonds will tell you, nothing beats fishing with your family:
“Fishing has been a part of my life since the day I was born. I suppose it comes as no surprise when you have a Dad that’s fishing crazy. We fish together literally all of the time and have had some fantastic times.”
Whether or not you’re “fishing crazy” like Sam’s dad, if you’re based in or around Basildon and fancy a family fishing future of your own, then head to the Angling in Essex Family Day. There will be demonstrations and lessons for rig tying and other skills, as well as free angling coaching. And even a cafe nearby if the weather turns during the day.
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9. Intro to coarse fishing and fly casting – Anglesey
Taking place in the beautiful surrounds of Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead, this day-long introductory event in July aims to give newcomers a solid grounding in coarse fishing and fly casting. Angling Cymru will be providing coaching throughout the day and, as an added bonus, reduced membership to the local angling club will be offered to people who attend and catch the angling bug!
10. South Cerney Taster Day – Gloucestershire
There are two South Cerney Taster Days to enjoy this August. Just rock up on the day and get your free, one-on-one lesson, then stick around to learn about the fish and wildlife you’ll be encountering with your new favourite hobby. If the free dates somehow don’t make it into your diary, just book one of their affordable lessons that take place year-round. These sessions can be tailored to your level, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got a bit of experience in your waders.
There’s some great stuff to look forward to in this year’s National Fishing Month. And if free food, fishing coaching, and fun events for the whole family aren’t enough, there are some great offers surrounding the festival as well. Pick up your free one-day rod licence in issues of Angler’s Mail magazine now!
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