Free Family Fishing Fun This Easter – Take a Friend Fishing

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 midnight Friday 30th 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.

Take a Friend Fishing

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!

Find out more information about events and places to fish over at getfishing.org.uk.

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

To support the Take A Friend Fishing promotion between Saturday 31st March and midnight, Sunday 15th April 2018, a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club members have kindly put forward a selection of offers on their waters.

EAST ANGLIA

Barford Lakes
Chapel Street, Barford, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 4BJ
Contact details: 01603 759624, info@barfordlakes.com
Type of Fishing: Coarse fishing
Offer: 2 for 1
Normal Prices: £8 a day
Rules and exclusions:  Closed Sundays and Mondays

Colmworth Golf Club
New Road, Colmworth, Beds, MK44 2AP
Contact details: 01234 378181, www.colmworthgolfclub.co.uk
Type of Fishing: Coarse
Offer: 2 for 1
Normal Prices: £10.00 for 1 rod, £13.00 for 2
Rules and exclusions:  Fishing is strictly only allowed from the North bank of the main lake and the South bank of the lakes adjacent to the 18th fairway, no night fishing, barbless hooks only, no keep nets, ground baiting by swim feeder only, all fish to be returned to the water immediately.

EAST MIDLANDS

Lake View Fishery
Landyke Lane, Holwell, Leicestershire LE14 4SX
Contact Details: Mr Richard or Jamie Turner, tel 07813276623, www.lakeviewfishery.com, lakeviewfishery@googlemail.com
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse Fishery
Offer: 2 for 1 promotion bring a non-angler fishing
Normal Prices: Day ticket price £7, Concession £5
Rules and Exclusions: We operate a strict set of rules; please visit http://www.lakeviewfishery.com/rules

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: 2 for 1
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.

WEST MIDLANDS

Andy’s Fishing Lake
Tretire, Pencoyd, HR2 8ND
Contact Details: Liz and Amy Pursey – 01989 730210, www.andysfishinglake.co.uk
Type of Fishing and Facilities: Coarse and Carp
TAFF Offer: Age 16 and under fish for free
Normal ticket price: £7 day ticket or £6 for concessions
Rules: Barbless hooks only, no keep nets, 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.

Cob House Country Park

Worcester Road, Wichenford, Worcester.  WR6 6YE
Contact Details: Helen Taylor
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse
Offer: 2 for 1 on Fishing when you both purchase a Super 7 Breakfast in the Mayfly Cafe
Normal prices: Day ticket £8, Breakfast £4.25 (Normal Price for 2 people £24.50, discounted price £16.50)
Rules and exclusions: Must each purchase the Super 7 Breakfast.  Must be on the bank by 11am

LONDON AND SOUTH EAST

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)

Thornwood Springs
Carpenters Arms Lane, Thornwood, Epping, Essex, CM16 6LR
Contact Details: Peter Thurston
Type of fishing and facilities: Fly fishing For Trout
TAFF Offer: 2 for 1 on Lake 2 ticket options
Normal day ticket prices:  2 fishing on £37, £46 & £50 day tickets
Rules or exclusions: Normal Fishery rules at all times 

SOUTH WEST

Bake Lakes
Trerulefoot, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5BW.
Contact Details: 07798 585 836, 01503 263 349. bakelakes@aol.com
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse Fishing
Offer: 2 for 1 tickets + half price tackle hire
Normal Prices: £8 day ticket, tackle hire £6 per day
Rules or Exclusions: Offer does not include Specimen lakes
Bullock Farm Fishing Lakes
Bullock Farm, Back Lane, Kingston Seymour, North Somerset, BS21 6XA
Directions: www.bullockfarm.co.uk/contact.php
Contact Details: Philip & Jude Simmons, tel: 01934 835020, info@bullockfarm.co.uk, www.bullockfarm.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Mixed coarse fishing over 5 lakes, campsite, self-catering holiday cottages, toilets, ample car parking, café
Offer: 2 for 1 day tickets on production of a valid voucher
Normal Prices: £7 from dawn to dusk, £5 concessions (OAP/Junior/Disabled)
Rules or Exclusions: Please see our website page: http://www.bullockfarm.co.uk/16/Tactics-Rules

Coombe Fisheries
Milton Coombe, YELVERTON, Devon. PL20 6HP
Contact Details: Tel: 078 999 584 93, schorn@tiscali.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse fishing
Offer: 2 for 1
Normal Prices: £7.00 per day
Rules or Exclusions: Barbless hooks – no peanuts or pulses

Stafford Moor Fishery
Dolton, Devon, EX198PP
Contact Details: Tel: 01805 804 360
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse fishingOffer: Offer 2 for 1 on Tanners, Woodpecker, Oak and Pines Lakes only
Normal Prices: Adults £10.00 Juniors U16 £8.00
Rules or Exclusions: All rules must be read before fishing please see website for details at www.staffordmoor.co.uk

YORKSHIRE

Southfield Fisheries
Southfield Farm, Rainton Lane, Dishforth, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3DA
Contact Details: Tel 01765 640 231
Type of fishing and facilities: Two ponds with mixed fish. Pond A Carp up to 12lbs, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench, Perch, Ide, Crucian carp and Chubb. Pond B Caro up to 22lbs, Tench, Crucian Carp and Roach. Pegs suitable for disabled fishermen are available on both Ponds. A car park with a toilet suitable for able and disabled fishermen is situated between the two ponds.
Offer: Children fish free with one paying Adult
Normal prices: Adults £8, Concessionary and juniors £6
Rules and Exclusions:  Day tickets are only valid on the day if issue and are specifically for the named person. No night fishing. Only barbless hooks allowed. No fish to be removed from site. Anglers must be in possession of an assembled landing net at all times and a landing mat. Keep nets only allowed for prebooked matches on Pond A. Ground bait in feeders only. All litter to be put in bins provided. No fires allowed. An Environment Agency licence is required. Fishing from designated platforms. In order to prevent the introduction of Disease Fishermen are requested to disinfect their landing nets in tanks by Pond A. The gate to the fishery should be closed at all times

WALES

Fishery Tyddyn Sargent Coarse Fishery
Tyddyn Sargent LL74 8NT Isle of Anglesey
Contact Details: Keith and Jean Twist, info@angleseyfishery.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Coarse
TAFF Offer: 2 for 1
Normal day ticket prices: Adult £7 Child £5 OAP £5
Rules or exclusions: See website www.angleseyfishery.co.uk

Nineoaks Angling Centre
Oakford near Llanarth, Ceredigion, West Wales, SA47 0RW
Contact Details: Bill Baker, 01545 580 482 or enquiries@nineoaks-fisheries.co.uk
Type of fishing and facilities: Carp and mixed Coarse including Carp, super Roach, Tench, Bream, Chub and Barbel.
TAFF Offer: 2 for 1
Normal day ticket prices: £8 for 1 rod or £10 for 2 rods per person.
Rules or exclusions: Have a good time and respect the fishery and its surroundings.