Response from organisers, coaches and businesses eager to support the new National Fishing Month initiative has so far been fantastic, according to organisers of the new event - which takes over from National Fishing Week.
National Fishing Month Co-coordinator Naidre Werner, more than 60 events have so far been registered online. These include ladies' days, under 16 teach-ins, dads' and lads days and disabled angler opportunities - all spread across the three fishing disciplines of coarse, game and sea angling.
She added: "Trade support has been outstanding. Companies such as Maver, Shimano, Daiwa, Tri Cast, Masterline, Leeda, Hopkins and Holloway and Dynamite Baits have between them pledged over £20,000 worth of 'giveaways' to go into the National Fishing Month goody bags, alongside a fabulous new 'Get Into Fishing' pocket book that has been created by the team. Each new angler will also be given a certificate as a memento of the day."
Veal's Mail Order and Stapeley Angling Centre have donated tackle vouchers to go towards a National Prize Draw for all coaches and organisers as a 'thank you' for the time, effort and passion they put into organising the events.
National Fishing Month will be launched at the 'Go Fishing Show', to be held this year at Staffordshire's Cudmore Fisheries as part of Bauer's 'Get Britain Fishing' campaign. Coaches will be available over the two days of July 17 and 18 to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try fishing. There will also be a variety of interactive fishing games to play. 'Angling Times' will also be listing the National Fishing Month events each week.
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Worcestershire (between July 23 and 25 continues its celebration of angling with an enhanced fishing village and coaching for anyone who would like to learn more about coarse, sea or game fishing. National Fishing Month will have its own teaching area at Ragley, along with interactive games for all to enjoy.
Naidre Werner, said: "This year things are really coming together. Support from the trade and the Press has been excellent and response from the organisers and coaches
has been outstanding. You can even follow NFM on Twitter and Facebook! I really believe that the whole initiative will be successful and something of
which we can be very proud."
National Fishing Month will begin on the July 17 and conclude on August 15. The emphasis is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing, irrespective of their age, cultural or social background and level of ability.
Events are already being listed on the National Fishing Month website at www.nationalfishingmonth.com
where visitors to the site can enter their postcode to see events closest to them.