National Fishing Month set to break all records
With less than two weeks to the start of National Fishing Month the indications are that it is set to break all records. Already there are more than 275 events nationwide - listed online at

Everyone who participates will receive a 'Get Into Fishing' booklet full of information on how to get started and advice on different types of fishing, along with an opportunity for four to 10-year-olds to win one of five Nintendo DS Lite game consoles and a game where 11-16 year olds can win one of five 8Gb Apple IPod Touch's through a bespoke Energy Networks Association competition. Newsagent giant WH Smith is organising an angling magazine focus within a number of its stores to coincide with NFM. The in-store promotion starts on July 7 and will run for two weeks.

Other competitions include an October half-term family holiday to be won at White Acres, Cornwall. Ten winners will also have the chance to fish on September 12 with Commonwealth Gold Medallist Dean Macey and win a bundle of tackle from manufacturers such as Daiwa, Fladen, Fox, Hopkins and Holloway, Maver, Leeda, Pure Fishing and Tricast, all of whom have donated tackle and products to National Fishing Month.

Naidre Werner, Chairman of the Angling Trades Association said: "July and August really will be focused on angling. There are hundreds of events going on across the country, beginning with a launch event at the Great Northern Fishing Show at Cudmore Fisheries, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. Qualified coaches supported by the Professional Anglers Association will be available over the two days July 16 and 17 to give as many people as possible their first opportunity to try fishing." 

The Country Landowners Association Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire between July 22-24 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 where qualified coaches will be supported by the Angling Development Board, the Professional Anglers Association and the Community Angling Regeneration Project.

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