Since it began on 19th July, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2015 has proved to be a major attraction at events throughout the country. It was launched at ‘Parklife’ in Milton Country Park, Cambridge, on a gloriously sunny day where nearly 90 people tried angling for the first time - even Counsellor Sue Humphries had a go. The event was staged in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, and it allowed visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports (including fishing) to inspire them to become more active.
The highlight of second weekend of NFM was the inaugural ‘Carp in the Park’ event, held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton and very well organised by David Hall Publishing Ltd. The venue proved to be superb and, despite the inclement weather, nearly 100 people were coached in angling over the two days. Many of them had come camping for the weekend and did not expect the wonderful bonus of being offered free fishing lessons by trained, nationally-accredited angling coaches.
The traditional NFM showcase event took place at the CLA Game Fair, held this year at Harewood House, Yorkshire. Over 200 lakeside coarse coaching sessions were delivered by members of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA), and their pupils had fabulous fun catching carp to more than 18lbs! On the Angling Trust stand, junior fly coaching run by the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) was equally popular. The National Fishing Month coaching area was visited by a number of dignitaries and celebrities including Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DEFRA, who thanked everyone for their hard work in raising the awareness of the health and social inclusion benefits of angling.
Feedback from people already has clearly indicated the joy of participants at learning the angling basics under expert guidance: ‘What a brilliant session which my son really enjoyed – his first experience of fishing and he will definitely try it again’; ‘A great experience for the children. The coaches were super and helped them catch fish;’, ‘A fantastic introduction to fishing. My son caught five fish and both John and Adam were very patient and kind with him. He’s now asking where our nearest river is (to fish!).’
Thanks to the headline sponsorship support from tackle manufacturers Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all members of NFM organisers the Angling Trades Association – National Fishing Month continues to be an overwhelming success. Along with the support received from the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru, the PAA and GAIA, NFM 2015 is maintaining its enviable position as a leading participation initiative attracting thousands of new people to the sport of angling.
There are still hundreds of other events across the country throughout August, and they are open to everyone. To find a NFM event near to you, visit www.nationalfishingmonth.com