Take a Friend Fishing for free this Easter break!

The Easter holiday period heralds the first of three Take a Friend Fishing campaign initiatives for 2015 which aim to encourage parents, grandparents, guardians and friends to enjoy fishing with family members and friends who have not fished before, free of charge.

Take a Friend Fishing logoTAFF is run by the Angling Trades Association and supported by the Environment Agency which provides the free fishing licences. It is supported by the Angling Trust whose fishery members provide the free day ticket offers.

Through participating newspapers, magazines and websites, existing anglers can obtain a free one-day rod licence - each worth £3.75 - to enable them to take their friends or family members on fishing sessions between Friday, April 3 and midnight on April 12, 2015. Follow this link to obtain your guest's free rod licence.

In addition to a free rod licence, participants can also fish without charge at a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club member venues. Details of the fisheries that are taking part in this TAFF promotion can be found at Some exclusions may apply.

As a further incentive, participating anglers and their friends could win £400.00 (RRP) worth of tackle each from brands like Abu Garcia, Greys, Hardy, Shakespeare, Chub, JRC, Mitchell and Berkley. All they need to do once the fishing session is over is to send the completed TAFF free licence voucher along with their contact details, a picture of both people fishing together and details of where the fishing took place to: Take A Friend Fishing, Angling Trades Association, 60 Windsor Avenue, London SW19 2RR. The deadline for entries is April 19, 2015. Winners will be notified in writing and then asked to choose which tackle items they would like.

David Seaman with a nice barbelDavid Seaman MBE, the former England and Arsenal goalkeeper (right), is a huge supporter of TAFF. He said: "I've always loved fishing as a way of relaxing and also of getting close to nature. It's always good to take a friend with you, especially someone who hasn't fished before, as we need to get more people into our sport. The TAFF campaign gives us the chance to show them why we spend so much time on the bank ourselves."

It's easy to participate in TAFF - cut out or print off the rod licence voucher, fill in your contact details, validate it online at, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher... and go fishing with a friend!

The free rod licence voucher cannot be used to fish for coarse fish on any river, stream or drain in England and Wales between March 15 and June 15 inclusive, when there is a 'no-fishing' close season to allow fish to breed. The closed season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area so please check before going fishing.

Many new anglers catch the bug just after one session, in which case it is easy to go online - at - and buy a rod licence for the rest of the year.

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