The Easter holiday heralds the start of the Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign for 2018. It's designed to make it easy for 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 is 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 fishing licence (each worth £6) to enable them to take their mates or family members fishing between Saturday 31st March to midnight Sunday 15th April 2018.
In addition to a FREE fishing licence, participants can also fish without charge at a variety of individual 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.
Everyone who has registered a TAFF voucher online will be entered automatically into a fabulous competition to win a day's free coaching for two with Professional Anglers Association member and Level 2 qualified and Angling Trust licenced coach, Mike Salisbury. The coaching day will be arranged at a choice of one of the TAFF participating fisheries, with peg fees and bait supplied. People who 'Like' and 'Share' the Easter promotion from the TAFF Facebook page could also win a bait package worth £30 from TAFF supporters Bait Tech or a terminal tackle package from TAFF supporters Middy and Kodex.
It's really easy to Take A Friend Fishing - cut out or print off the fishing 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 TAKE A FRIEND FISHING!
The free fishing licence voucher cannot be used to fish for salmon, sea trout or coarse fish on rivers, streams or drains in England between 15th March and 15th June inclusive, when there is a 'no-fishing' close season to allow fish to breed. The close season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area, too - please check before you set out.
Many new anglers catch the fishing bug after just one session. It's simple to get a fishing licence - just visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence and buy a fishing licence for a whole year. Juniors aged 13-16 can get an annual licence free!
A great place to find out more information on your local venues is www.fishinginfo.co.uk.