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Take a Friend Fishing

12 November 2021 9:00 AM - 2 January 2022 12:00 AM
Nationwide in England and Wales
Open to all

Get together with a friend and create some amazing angling memories!

December and January are a fantastic time of year to get outdoors and enjoy some time next to the water. Taking a friend or family member for a winter fishing trip is the ideal opportunity to catch-up at Christmas.

Getting outside in the countryside is a great way to relax and lower the stress level during what can be a busy time of year for many people. Angling is the perfect fit for staying active outdoors, and with physical activity playing a vital role in both our physical and mental wellbeing, a fishing trip with a mate or family member means you can stay active, and fish safely. At this time of year there are still loads of fisheries, lakes, stretches or river and canal open all over the country that are perfect to visit even in colder weather, and a catch-up with a friend can easily be combined with a quick ‘Take a Friend Fishing trip’.

WHEN: Between 17th December to 2nd January (inclusive), existing fishing licence holders can register for a FREE one-day fishing licence worth £6 from the Environment Agency to take someone they know fishing.

WHERE: Nationwide in England and Wales.

COST: FREE Get a free fishing licence from the Environment Agency usually worth £6.

REGISTER: Fishing licence holding anglers just need to go to

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IMPORTANT: You’ll need some simple contact details including your fishing licence number and the date of the

fishing trip. The free fishing licence will be sent with a confirmation email, so please remember to have the angler’s fishing licence and both people’s email addresses.

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Social Media:
Twitter: @GetIntoFishing
Instagram: @getintofishing


How to enter


YOU’LL NEED: Simple contact details – your fishing licence number – the date of the fishing trip.

GETTING THE FREE LICENCE: The free fishing licence will be sent with a confirmation email, so you will need the angler’s fishing licence and both people’s email addresses ready.

ABOUT TAKE A FRIEND FISHING: The new Take a Friend Fishing offer runs from Friday December 17th to Sunday January 2nd. That means that during the festive period there are three weekends to take a friend fishing, including Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year – traditional dates for a get-together.

Take a Friend Fishing is a partnership between the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Angling Trades Association. The campaign focuses on making it as easy as possible for an existing angler to take someone they know fishing. It is part of the Get Fishing campaign run by the Angling Trust the national representative and governing body for angling in England. This work is supported by Environment Agency rod fishing licence income and helps to introduce thousands of people to fishing each year. Find out more at

The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of rod fishing licences. Money from rod fishing licence sales is spent on improving fisheries habitat and angling infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund and Fisheries Improvement Programme.

You normally need a valid Environment Agency rod fishing licence if you are aged 13 or over and fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales, and the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland.  An annual fishing licence only costs £30 for up to 2 rods to fish for coarse fish & trout. For a salmon and sea trout licence it’s £82. Concessionary, short term and three rod coarse fishing licences are also available. Visit to buy one online.

The Angling Trades Association (ATA) is the voice of the British Angling industry, aiming to unite the industry, promote and protect our loved sport. The ATA represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, fisheries, publishers, and distributors.

Thanks to: Hassan Khan for the photo used here of himself and Ed Matthews pike fishing.

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