Hundreds of action-packed fishing events will be staged across the UK as part of the biggest-ever drive to get newcomers into the fishing.
National Fishing Month will see the launch of more than 300 individual initiatives that aim to give newcomers and juniors the opportunity to get involved in the angling extravaganza that starts on July 18.
Clubs and fisheries nationwide have already thrown their hats into the ring, arranging hundreds of free or low-cost coaching and taster sessions to give people a chance to sample coarse, game and sea angling.
Experts are confident that the scheme will help give junior and adult participation a major boost, with existing anglers being urged to take friends and family along to a local event.
Hertfordshire’s Verulam Angling Club is one of the many giving free tuition. Organiser Roger Smith said: “This is a vital month for angling. We’ve seen lots of juniors take up our sport and go fishing regularly, thanks to our taster sessions.
“It’s amazing how a session of less than an hour can give people of all ages the ‘buzz’ for angling.
“National Fishing Month is growing by the year and it’s great to see more and more people supporting it.”
Licensed coaches will be providing their services free throughout the month and professional tutor Bryn Lamb is calling on anglers to help make the event a huge success.
“If you know someone who has never tried fishing, bring them to a coaching event and give them the opportunity to get a hobby they will love for the rest of their lives,” he said.
“Angling needs new blood and National Fishing Month is the ideal way to promote just how great our sport is. Everybody should get involved!”
New events are being added to the schedule on a daily basis and you can find out where and when your local sessions will be staged by visiting www.nationalfishingmonth.com