Press release

Family fishing fun as the Environment Agency holds free events in Cornwall

Looking for a fun day out for the family this summer? Why not try a day’s coarse fishing at one of the special angling events being staged across Cornwall.

The free events are an excellent opportunity for families to try their hand at fishing and discover why angling is the most popular outdoor sport in the country. All equipment is supplied and qualified instructors will be on hand to assist throughout the day.

Similar events held last year were so successful, the Environment Agency is organising another series of introductory sessions this summer. The first will be held at Bude Canal Angling Association, Whalesborough Lake near Bude on Friday 24 July. There will be another event at Roche Angling Club Lake near St Blazey on Monday 10 August with a final session at Three Milestone Angling Club Lakes, Threemilestone on Wednesday 12 August.

Places are limited so it is important that people book in advance. Call 01208 265012 for booking forms.

Sally-Anne Gallop for the Environment Agency said:

These are great days out in the Cornish countryside where families can try their hand at fishing and enjoy themselves in safe and attractive surroundings. Last summer’s events were a big hit and we are confident they’ll be just as popular in 2015.

We would not be able to run these days without the help of the local Angling clubs and the expert tuition from our coaches.

Families signing-up for any of these events will not need to purchase a rod licence. After attending these taster sessions, if anyone becomes ‘hooked’ on the sport and decide to take up coarse fishing, a licence is required by law. A full year’s trout and coarse licence costs £27.00 for an adult and £5.00 for Under 16’s. People can also buy a single day’s licence for only £3.75. Children aged 12 and under do not require a licence.

Rod licences can be obtained from the Post Office or by calling the Agency’s telephone sales line 0844 800 5386. Money from rod licence sales is used to improve fishing in England and Wales.