A host of top named anglers and television celebrities gave their support to the Angling Trust’s Spring Into Fishing campaign which got off to a flying start with a high profile launch and free fishing days for families held at venues across England.
Keen angler and EastEnders star Scott Maslen, who plays Jack Branning in the BBC series, was just one of the big name supporters of the campaign which was officially launched at the Carpin’ On Show in Essex (11th/12th March 2017). The event, which attracted 1,000s of people, was also featured on TV and attracted widespread national media coverage.
Almost 800 kids, parents and grandparents took the opportunity to try angling and get the fishing-bug at the free, fun and friendly activity days for families that took place across England in Avon and Somerset, Northants, Warwickshire, Berkshire, Suffolk, Greater Manchester, Reading, and Yorkshire. The Spring Into Fishing campaign is organised by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency from rod licence sales.
BT Sport TV presenter and angling Ambassador Rob Hughes added “We had a fantastic time at the launch of Spring Into Fishing at Carpin’ On with a huge amount of interest in the Angling Trust and Environment Agency’s work to get more people fishing more often. The timing of Spring Into Fishing is spot on too, with the weather warming-up and changes to rod licences that mean a better deal for carp anglers in particular, plus free licences for the under 17s. It’s never been a better time to get out there and get fishing.”
Bev Clifford from Ladies Carp Team England attended both the Spring Into Fishing launch and the Yorkshire event and said “It’s been great to see so many newcomers to angling immerse themselves in fishing as a result of Spring Into Fishing initiative – I am really pleased to see so many mums, kids and young people joining in, which gives me hope that Spring Into Fishing will have created some new lifelong-anglers. Everyone needs to start fishing somewhere and well organised events like these, which explain what to do and where to go fishing next are ideal to boost angling numbers.”
The Spring Into Fishing campaign continues, and there are more free fishing events coming up at www.getfishing.org.uk across the spring and into summer. The events are completely free to join in, and everything needed to try fishing is included on the day.
Dean Asplin, the Angling Trust Senior Regional Officer who organised the Bristol session said: “Having so many families spending quality time together fishing was fantastic and I was really pleased to see so many ladies taking part.”
James Roche, Senior Regional Officer for the Northampton session said: “It was amazing to have over 120 people coming along to try fishing for the first time at the East Mids event – it just goes to show that the lure of fishing has never been so strong.”
Dave Evans, Angling Trust Regional Officer for the West Mids said: “We had a brilliant turn-out at Spring Into Fishing in Stratford. All the families and kids who came caught a fish! I had loads of enquiries about where to go fishing again, so I’m sure we’ve started off some lifelong anglers who can enjoy their new pastime fishing together with the whole family.”
The Spring Into Fishing initiative is organised by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency to get more people out fishing. Increased participation in angling is a major target for the Environment Agency and Sport England.