Tomorrow (July 17th) sees the start of the inaugural National Fishing Month, which runs until August 15th.
has replaced National Fishing Week and organisers believe the longer timespan will be appreciated by anglers, who can enjoy a wide range of events in their local area over the course of the four weeks.
Among the aims will be a plan to demonstrate that the sport can be diverse and that heading to the water with fishing tackle
is not just a pastime for able-bodied white males.
Organisers noted that many angling coaches will be giving their time for free at various events around the country to help people improve their success at catching fish.
The month is run by the Angling Test and supported by bodies like the Environment Agency and the Professional Anglers' Association.
One event being run by the Environment Agency is a coaching course for beginners by local expert Nick Watkins in the Upminster area of Essex.
He will be hosting six free sessions over the coming weeks.
Posted by Brandon Egley