Boost for industry as English rod licence sales surge
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The number of rods licences sold on the day fishing was resumed in England was five times greater than the same day last year.
The organisation responsible for the sale of licences, the Environment Agency, reports that 21,000 licences were sold on May 11, compared to 4,000 in 2019. And while the total figure for May is not yet available, it is believed to exceed 200,000.
The surge is great news for an industry starved of demand for product since the COVID-19 virus began its devastating impact at the beginning of March.
Stillwater venues have already seen a huge boost in attendances since fishing was once again permitted and with tackle shops preparing to open their doors again on June 15, the day before the opening of the new river season, manufacturers are expecting a welcome spike in demand for products.
And Angling Trust Policy Chief, Martin Salter, believes the increased interest in fishing will be more than a short-lived spike. “There is going to be a lot of changes to social habit, [with people] not flying abroad cheaply but staying in the UK for a few years and I can see a boom for angling,” he told Anglers Mail magazine.
While delighted about licence sales, both the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust have reminded anglers and tackle shops that they must abide by the safety guidelines in place.