Angling: Stolen tackle is covered by Angling Trust scheme

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I hope that none of our readers have had the misfortune of having their precious fishing tackle stolen.

Over the many years that I have been fishing I have had small items stolen from my garage but have been completely cleaned out twice at a cost of many thousands of pounds.

Fortunately the last time the cost of replacement was covered by my household insurance so I think that it is essential to make sure that your gear is well insured. Recently the Angling Trust came up with a scheme and they have joined forces with a leading insurance company, who specialise in the coverage of sporting goods.

The name of the company is Fishing Care and they are working with the Trust to provide anglers with insurance which will cover both theft and accidental damage for up to £15,000 worth of tackle.

A branch of the UK’s leading sports insurer the JRW Group, Fishing Care is part of the group’s Insure4 Sport section and can also provide cover up to £3,000 for equipment stolen when on display in a vehicle.

The group’s managing director John Woosey said: “We have decided to launch Fishing Care as angling is a sport that millions of people participate in every year and its popularity is increasing as the rising licence sales figures in the UK show.

“We have spoken to many anglers and we can understand that they want assurance that if anything happens to them or their equipment then they are covered.

“We have designed Fishing Care to be the best value for money for all UK anglers.”

Angling Trust executive Mark Lloyd is delighted to be backing the new scheme, and said: “Fishing gear is often not covered by home insurance policies when it is not in the home and at risk of being either lost, stolen or broken.”

He also said the new policy has been designed by anglers for anglers and that members of the Angling Trust will get a 25 per cent discount in the first year followed by 10 per cent in future years.

A special launch means that anglers can take out a new policy for as little as £16 which will insure tackle up to the value of £700 but there are various options available so that you can adjust the policy to your exact requirements.

As well as fishing tackle there are other options such as fishing and personal liability plus third-party property damage.

Personal accident includes loss of limbs, total and partial loss of eyesight and permanent disablement.

There is also no limit on the value of a single item and all equipment will be replaced on a new-for-old basis for items under three years old, but original receipts must be shown.

For a quote, ring 08000 923924 or visit

This seems like an excellent offer to me and, at the very least, is something I consider to be well worth checking out.

Top rod Darren Starkey with a 3-02 perch from the bungalows section on the River Ouse. PIC: Steve Fearnley

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