Introduction to coarse fishing
Fitness benefits of coarse fishing
Fishing is a hugely popular sport, by all accounts the largest active participation sport in the UK, with an estimated 3.9 million people (or 9% of the population aged 12 or over) having taken to the water. Here's our quick introduction to the popular sport of fishing.
While many wives complain about being made virtual fishing ‘widows’ due to the absence of their fishing spouses, the sport is actually becoming increasingly popular with women and children too.
Angling provides an ideal way to get away from it all, while offering the thrill of the catch or the initial adrenalin flow as the float bobs under or the bite alarm shrills out on the bank side.
The word ‘coarse’ simply refers to freshwater fishing, with the exclusion of trout or salmon fishing. Getting started can be relatively inexpensive with starter kits as cheap as around £30. There is always the option of buying second-hand equipment with many tackle shops or even online auction sites providing a useful source of cheap second-hand gear.
As the angler becomes more experienced, the equipment range can become mind boggling. Luckily however, most anglers are keen to share their expertise with anyone willing to listen; most of those who have built up their knowledge over the years will readily give you the benefit of their insight.
Anyone taking to the sport will have to be aware of their legal requirements to possess a rod licence with the Environment Agency more active than ever in clamping down on those without the necessary paperwork.
Legal requirements of coarse fishing
The Environment Agency requires that any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England and Wales should have an Agency rod licence.
Money brought in from licences helps fund the Environment Agency’s work in managing fisheries. Anyone caught fishing without one faces a fine of up to £2,500.
A full season licence for coarse fishing is £27 for adults, £5 for juniors, with 8-day (£10) and 1-day tickets (£3.75) also available. Licences are available online or at local post offices or by contacting the Environment Agency direct.
Unlike England and Wales there is no national rod licence in Scotland and one is not required for coarse fishing in Ireland.