Take a friend fishing for free this easter!

The Easter holiday period heralds the first of three Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign initiatives for 2017.  The aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy fishing with family members and friends who have not fished before, free of charge. 

TAFF is run by the Angling Trades Association in partnership with the Environment Agency and supported by Angling Trust fisheries, clubs and coaches and individual fishery venues.

Angling Times is participating in this great offer so new anglers can obtain a free one-day rod licence (each worth £6) to enable them to take their mates or family members fishing between Saturday 8th April and midnight, Sunday 23rd April 2017.

In addition to a FREE rod licence, participants can also fish without charge at a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club member venues.  Details of the fisheries that are taking part in this TAFF promotion can be found at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk.  Some exclusions may apply to each venue, so please check carefully.

It’s really easy to Take A Friend Fishing - cut out or print off the rod licence voucher, fill in all the contact details, validate it online at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher,  and go fishing with a friend!

The free rod licence voucher cannot be used to fish for salmon, sea trout or coarse fish on rivers, streams or drains in England and Wales between 15th March and 15th June inclusive, when there is a ‘no-fishing’ close season to allow fish to breed. The closed season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area too - please check before you go fishing.

Many new anglers catch the bug just after one session. It’s easy to get a rod licence, just visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence – and buy a rod licence for a whole year.   For the first time, juniors aged 12-16 can get an annual licence for free!

A great place to find out more information on your local venues is www.fishinginfo.co.uk.


Take a Friend Fishing - Day Ticket Offers

To support the Take A Friend Fishing promotion between Saturday 8th April and midnight, Sunday 23rd April 2017, a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club members have kindly put forward a selection of offers on their waters.

Whilst we have gathered as much information as possible, please check the information carefully for exclusions and make sure that you call the contact number to make them aware that you will be fishing at their venue.  You should take your validated TAFF voucher with you as evidence that you are taking part in the TAFF event. The person accompanying you must hold a current rod licence and have it with them for inspection.


 Alders Farm Fishery

Ivy Lane, Great Brickhill, Bucks, MK17 9AH

Contact details: Charlotte Monk 01525261713, admin@aldersfarm.com, www.aldersfarm.com

Type of Fishing: Specimen fishing, match and pleasure fishing venue.  Mainly carp, also some silver fish in Pines Lake.

Offer: 2for1 and kids fish free on the promotion days

Normal Prices: £9 adults and £5 kids per day on smaller carp lakes, £16 on specimen.

Rules and exclusions:  Available on our website www.aldersfarm.com



Sherwood Forest Fishery

Sherwood Forest Farm Park, nr Mansfield. NG21 9HL

Contact Details: Mick 07721316334, email mickyfish2@hotmail.com , website www.sherwoodfishery.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: There are five lakes and 185 pegs at Sherwood set in 20 acres far away from the madding crowd, and each offering something different. There are six large car parks at Sherwood and thus easy access to most pegs by car, with disabled parking possible at most pegs.

Offer:  Two for One

Normal Prices: Adults one rod £7, two rods £10.  Juniors under 16 £5 one rod, £7 for two. OAP’s £5 for one rod, £7 for two.

Rules and Exclusions: See the website for details.



Lechlade and Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries

Lechlade Trout Farm, Burford Road, Lechlade, Glos. GL7 3QQ

Contact Details: Tim Small 01367 253 266, enquiries@lechladetrout.co.uk, website www.lechladetrout.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Day Ticket Trout Fishing. Tackle Shop, Clubhouse, Tuition, Rod Hire. 2 lakes, 22 acres and 8 acres.

Offer: Children fish free when accompanied by an adult (and share their ticket).

Normal prices:  From £27.50 to £65, depending on ticket type.

Rules and exclusions:    Please visit website

Andy’s Fishing Lake

Tretire, Pencoyd, HR2 8ND

Contact Details: Speak to any of the Pursey family on 01989 730210 or email pursey.trevase@btconnect.com, www.andysfishinglake.co.uk

Type of Fishing and Facilities: Carp, Roach, Tench, Bream and Perch on 5 acre lake

TAFF Offer: Age 16 and under fish for free

Normal ticket price: £7 day ticket or £6 for concessions

Rules: Barbless Hooks only, No Keepnets, Two rods permitted per angler, you can fish from Dawn until Dusk,

Please park vehicles well away from the edge of the lake, no fishing on the wildlife reserve pool at the top end of the lake, please take all litter home with you, please use the toilet provided, situated in the car park near the entrance



 Bay Malton Angling Club

Border Fisheries, Waybutt Lane, Balterley, Crewe CW2 5QA

Contact Details: Dave Grosvenor 01270 820812, david.grosvenor@hotmail.co.uk, www.baymaltonanglingclub.org.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse. Café and toilets on site open Tuesday to Sunday all year round.

Offer: Two for One day tickets and children £3.00

Normal prices: Adults £7, OAP £5, Children £4

Rules and Exclusions: Barbless hooks only and fishery pellets to be used. Rules available on the club website www.baymaltonanglingclub.org.uk


Meon Springs

Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1HW

Contact Details: Roger Greentree, roger@meonsprings.com, 01730 823134, www.meonsprings.com

Type of fishing and facilities: Fly fishing for trout from 2lb to doubles in four stunning spring-fed lakes in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Check our website for a full list of facilities.

TAFF Offer: 2-for-1 Day ticket.

Normal day ticket prices: Two fish ticket - which entitles you to catch and keep two rainbow trout - is £35

Rules or exclusions: See website for details



Brick Farm Lakes

The Fishing Lodge, Brick Farm, Windmill Hill, HERSTMONCEUX, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 4RS

Contact Details: Fishery Manager – Annie Latter – 01323 832 615 – annie@brickfarmlakes.co.uk, websitewww.brickfarmlakes.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Fly fishing for trout. Brick Farm Lakes offers three very well-stocked trout lakes.  We have a really wonderful Fishing Lodge offering Free Tea, Coffee and biscuits to our anglers daily, with clean WCs, ample parking, friendly staff and a very comfortable environment.  There is also a large deck area outside with tables and seating for those sunny days. No dogs please but plenty of room for families to picnic if preferred. 

TAFF Offer: We are happy to offer 2 for the price of 1 for anglers introducing a friend who has not fished with us before and Children under 16 can fish for free on our 2 and 3-Fish tickets.  We will also offer a £5 discount, if preferred, on our Shared 5-Fish ticket for Guardian/child under 16 year’s combination. This is usually a 4-Fish ticket.  All our tickets last all day.

Normal day ticket prices: All day tickets at 2-Fish £25, 3-Fish £30, 4-Fish £35, Guardian and child under 16 years £35, Shared 5-Fish £40, 6-Fish £45

Rules or exclusions: Please visit our website for our Fishery Rules which can be found on www.brickfarmlakes.co.uk then choose the ‘Your Fishery’ option from the top menu, followed by Opening Times and Information from the drop-down list.  The Rules are towards the end of this page.

 Jacks Lake

Cockfosters, London, EN4 9DW

Contact Details: Hadley Angling and Preservation Society, haps.org.uk@hotmail.com   www.haps.org.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Carp and general coarse fishery

TAFF Offer: Children (16 and under) fish free if accompanied by an Adult purchasing a day ticket

Normal day ticket prices:  Adult: £6 per Rod per day Child: £3 per rod per day

Rules or exclusions:  Standard HAPS day ticket and fishery rules apply.  Not available match days (see website for details)



Coombe Fisheries   

Milton Coombe, YELVERTON, Devon. PL20 6HP

Contact Details: 01822 855585 evenings or 078 999 584 93, schorn@tiscali.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: 2 coarse fishing lakes - lakeside parking

Offer: 2 for 1 - children free

Normal Prices: £7.00 per day - £10 overnight

Rules or Exclusions: Barbless hooks – no peanuts or pulses



Southfield Fisheries

Southfield Farm, Rainton Lane, Dishforth, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3DA

Contact Details: Tel 01765640231 email archer699@btinternet.com Facebook Southfield Fisheries Rainton

Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse Fishing, 2 Ponds, Car Park, Toilet suitable for able and disabled fishermen,

Ponds surrounded by Otter fence. Pond A Carp up to 14lbs, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Ide, Crucian Carp and Chubb.

Pond B Carp up to 22lbs, Tench, Crucian Carp and Roach.

Offer:  Children fish free with one paying Adult

Normal prices: Adults £8, Concessionary and juniors £6

Rules and Exclusions:  Juniors under 14 must be accompanied by Adult. Only Barbless hooks allowed. Anglers must be in possession of a landing net at all times. Keep nets only allowed in pre booked matches. No fish to be removed from site. No night fishing. Pond A - 12lb minimum line and an unhooking mat are recommended to be used. In order to prevent the introduction of disease, fishermen are requested to disinfect landing nets in tanks by Pond B prior to fishing. The gate to the Fishery should be kept closed at all times



West House Trout lakes

Mill lane, Bishopton, Co Durham TS21 1LL

Contact Details: www.westhouse-troutlakes.co.uk     Tel 07836 330157 sales@hadrianequine.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Trout

TAFF Offer: Children free with adult

Normal day ticket prices: 4 hours + 1 fish £15 full day + 1 fish £18

Rules or exclusions: see website



Glen of Rothes Trout and Coarse Fishery

Glen of Rothes, Aberlour, AB38 7AG, Scotland

Contact Details: Telephone 01340 831888 or 07967 466973, website www.morayflyfishing.co.uk

Type of fishing and facilities: Carp, brown trout, rainbow trout, tench, bream. If you don't have tackle of your own, and you want to have a go, we have both fly and bait rods, nets, and a large selection of flies and lures all here on site - all you need to bring is yourself. We have a heated lodge, with toilet facilities for the disabled, as well as a sitting area and a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks. Car parking is right beside the lodge, and 30 metres from the lochs, but disabled anglers are welcome to drive right up to the edge of the water.
TAFF Offer: Children free with adult

Normal day ticket prices: Full day 3 fish for £28, 6 Hours 2 fish for £24, 4 hours 2 fish for £20. Parent and child (under 14yrs old) 4 Hours share 2 fish £26 (must kill first 2 fish). COARSE LOCH, 1 rod used £10 8 hours, 2 rods used £15.

Rules or exclusions: see website