Free tasters aim to get kids fishing

The charity which looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales is holding a series of free family fishing events from July to September to celebrate National Fishing Month.

Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 2:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:45 pm
Free fishing tasters are on offer

Go Fish! is being organised by Canal & River Trust, together with local angling clubs, to offer families a chance to try their hand at fishing and discover the Grand Union Canal.

There has been a decline in the number of people who go fishing, especially youngsters.

In the past six years, sales of junior rod licences have dropped by more than half.

Canal & River Trust is keen to help reverse these figures and help people get the most out of fishing and their local canal or river.

Spokesman Sarah Brown said: “Canals are fun places to explore. They provide a place for both nature and people to thrive – including your little ones.

“Our waterways are home to literally millions of fish with around 40 different species. There’s nothing quite like fishing for helping you slow down and get in touch with nature.

“We hope these free taster sessions will get more people, young and old, hooked on fishing in the Grand Union Canal.”

“Fishing is a universal sport – anyone can do it, at any time. It can be enjoyed throughout the year, on a warm summer’s day or a crisp winter’s morning by the water.”

Several taster sessions are on offer in Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne during August and September.

People wishing to attend can reserve a free starter kit online and receive guidance from a professional fishing coach.

A limited number of free fishing starter kits will be given away on a first come, first served basis at the events.

For full details of all the Go Fish! taster sessions, visit