Campaign groups hook up to boost angling numbers

Getting hooked on angling at Flanshaw Dam, Wakefield.

Getting hooked on angling at Flanshaw Dam, Wakefield.

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IN AN attempt to introduce more people into our sport, both young and old, the Angling Trust have formed an alliance with the ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’ campaign and formed ‘Family Fishing’.

This is a series of events for the whole family and is very similar to the “National Fishing Month” series which has been held over the past few years.

Whole families are invited to attend selected venues all over the country where they will be taught the basics of angling and conservation by experts on the bank, who will provide tuition and also the required fishing tackle.

The series kicked off at the beginning of April at the Northala Fisheries near London and it was sponsored by several local companies including the council.

Over the year there are a total of 10 events booked at venues all over the country, but, unfortunately, there is only one to be held in our region and that will be at Aston Park Fisheries in Sheffield on Saturday, July 21.

For more details contact Aston Park on 07743 845737 or visit their website at www.astonparkfisheries.co.uk

The Trust also states that these are family days where parents, children and even grandchildren can have a go.

All of the tuition will be given by fully-qualified and licensed coaches.

A great day out for all the family is guaranteed and all of the selected venues will have ample car parking, plus toilets and refreshments.

They will also be fully accessible to all who attend.

It would appear that there have been a few problems this year with fishing licences, especially those which have been obtained through the Post Office.

Apparently, thousands of anglers who had paid their fees well in advance have still not, almost three months later, received their documentation. Officials at the Environment Agency have blamed the problem on data transfer between the Post Office and themselves.

The EA have issued a statement which says that anglers can continue with their sport without the permit, but they must carry with them the Post Office receipt which also contains the RL number.

If anyone is having any of these problems just contact the EA on 03768 506506. I get one every year with my credit card by phoning 0844 8005386 and I usually get it within a few days.

Just a reminder that the cost of a full coarse fishing licence for 2014/15 is £27, concession £18, junior £5. Eight day cost £10, one day £3.75.

For salmon and sea trout full is £72, concession £48 and junior £5.

The EA have also issued a warning to people who have tried to purchase theirs through the internet: a hefty handling fee may well have been added to the official charge.

You have been warned.

My apologies for an error in last week’s report.

The application for the new housing at the site near the Langwith Fishery was not for 2,500 dwellings but for 5,500.

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