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.
Through participating newspapers, magazines and websites, existing 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/day-ticket-offers/. 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/register/, 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.