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Angling

Angling is the sport of catching fish with a rod, line, and hook.

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An Overview of Angling

Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod.

Angling can be exciting and competition at the highest levels is fierce. It can also be very relaxing - often fishing sites are in tranquil settings, so its ideal if you're looking to unwind and lower your blood pressure. It's a perfect sport for people of all ages.

Angling is an excellent pastime for young people; it teaches them to concentrate, to interpret their surroundings, to visualise the invisible and to learn about triumph and disaster. It is something people can do throughout their lives in groups of any size, or enjoy by themselves.

Coarse Angling is the most popular type of angling in England and most people live within a few miles of a river, canal, lake or pond where they can catch coarse fish. The main techniques are float fishing, ledgering and spinning, and different rods are used for each technique.

Float fishing involves a float made of cork, quill, wood or plastic which lets the angler know when a fish takes the bait.

Sea Angling is one of the largest participation sports in the UK. Seas angling takes place on beaches, harbours, piers, and from boats both close to the shore and offshore over wrecks.

Game Angling is a skilful sport which requires patience and practice. There are game fishing sites across the country both in the countryside and closer to cities.

Benefits

  • Improves muscle dexterity through reeling and casting
  • Increase your vitamins D levels while your outside
  • Relaxes your mind

Costs

You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales and the Border Esk region of Scotland. a 1 day license starts at £3.75 and fishing rods start at £9.99

Involvement

Visit the Get Fishing website to find out how to get involved with angling.

Equipment

Basic equipment includes: rod and reel, line, a bobber, hooks and bait.

Find Angling Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

National Governing Bodies

Angling Trust

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
admin@anglingtrust.net
Contact Telephone
0844 7700616

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland

Asfordby & Melton Society Of Anglers

Come & try fishing this summer

Fly fishing and fly tying

Fly fishing and fly tying

It's free! Learn about fly fishing.
3 - hour long, monthly sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Fly casting - basic to advanced; trout and salmon.
Fly tackle set-up
Fly tying
In conjunction with Anglian Water.

James Roche

Regional Development Officer (East Midlands)

0779 178 6251

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Partnerships
  • O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
    H&B LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
  • NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA

Partners

  • Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
  • NWL LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Melton LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Partnerships
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
  • O&W LSA
    Harborough LSA