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ATA chief predicts ‘bigger, better’ National Fishing Month

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The Game Fair was the showcase event of National Fishing Month. Here a youngster and an NFM coach show off the fruits of their labour.

There are bigger and better things to come from National Fishing Month (NFM), the annual participation event in the UK, says the brand’s owner, the Angling Trades Association (ATA).

This year’s initiative attracted more than 5,000 people to over 100 special free coaching sessions, with the showcase event taking place at The Game Fair at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. 

“I’m reassured with the results from this year,” said ATA Chairman, John Loftus. “But we know that we have an even greater opportunity to grow NFM exponentially in the future.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the enthusiastic and loyal support of the voluntary organisers and coaches who plan and deliver NFM every year [….] helping recruit the next generation of anglers to our wonderful sport. We are particularly appreciative of the involvement of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) who arranged the NFM initiative this year. 

“Thanks also go to retailer, Angling Direct, for its generous financial support, to Dinsmores and Fladen for their product donations and to the Environment Agency for its fishing licence waivers.  We are extremely grateful to it for helping us catch so many new anglers.“

TV fishing personality Jeremy Wade, who joined the coaches on the bank, said: “NFM is a great way for people the learn the basics and appreciate the outdoors.“ 

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