Fishing or “angling” is a great way to get active outdoors. Although you might think of fishing as a fairly slow-paced pastime, it has many proven health benefits and can be an active sport.
There’s a type of fishing that suits everybody – no matter what your age, ability or experience level – and a great angling community to help out at every step of your angling journey.
Angling embraces many types of experience. Whether it’s just for a quick hour at your local lake, canal or river or spending a whole day with friends and family by the sea – give fishing a go and join the millions of people who enjoy it each year.
Cumbria has a wealth of lakes, rivers and streams - and a varied coastline. There are endless opportunities to participate in this accessible and inexpensive activity.
The GET FISHING campaign is run by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency and Sport England to get more people out fishing, more often.
As part of this, angling clubs, fisheries and organisations run taster sessions which give beginners the opportunity to try fishing for the first time or to return to angling after a break.
Most of these sessions are free or very low cost and include the use of tackle, bait and a rod-licence for the day. After that all you’ll need is some low-cost tackle, a rod licence (see below) and a day-ticket or club membership to access some fishing venues.
Once you’ve got the fishing bug it’s quite possible to get the basic tackle and bait you’ll need for less than £25 or you might be able to borrow kit from clubs, family members or other anglers who’ll want to encourage you to go fishing. Fishing can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be – just keep it simple to begin with!
The best way to get started is to research your local club and/or visit Get Fishing. You can then find out about the different kinds of fishing and find events/opportunities near you.
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