Danes launch free tackle initiative to boost participation
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A new initiative designed to provide free tackle to people who want to try fishing has been launched in Denmark.
The three-year pilot project began this month and involves ten mobile tackle banks, or pop-up shops, around the country, managed by local fishing associations.
Fiskeekspressen, or Fishing Express, is the result of a collaboration between the country’s Government, which is providing the funding, and the Danish Angling Association. The objective is to find out if the opportunity to borrow free equipment and get help with fishing will turn more people into anglers.
Interest in fishing in Denmark has exploded in the Spring and early Summer, with 20% more fishing licences being bought compared to the same period last year, and it is hoped the project will build on this momentum.
Denmark’s Minister of Fisheries, Mogens Jensen, and Danish Angling Association Director, Lars Rasmussen, launched Fishing Express last week.
“We are incredibly happy to welcome Danes to fishing waters and give them some completely unique experiences,” said Rasmussen. ”Interest in angling has been enormous during the Coronavirus crisis and, together with local angling associations, we are ready to help children, families and other interested parties get started in fishing over the summer.”
Minister Jensen was the first to inspect the new trailers and tackle at Halsskov Reef by the Great Belt Bridge between the islands of Zealand and Funen. He also tried his hand at fishing, catching a garfish on his first cast.
“Fiskeekspressen can be a huge success, because there is a great desire among many Danes to try their hand at angling,” he said. “Most people probably know the experience of going out somewhere and seeing people standing and fishing. They feel like trying, but lack the gear and someone to help them get started.
“But with this project, it will now be possible in many places in the country and throughout the summer to meet Fiskeekspressen and local anglers at ports, lakes and beaches.”
Per Rasmussen is Chairman of Sportsfiskerforeningen Storstrømmen, one of the associations hosting a gear trailer. “We are happy that a push is now being given to angling. I believe it can definitely give us some great opportunities to meet new anglers,” he said.
“It gives us, among other things, a good opportunity to create some collaborations with local schools and institutions, as we can quickly provide gear for a whole school class.”
• The Danish Sport Fishermen’s Association is the nationwide organisation for Danish angling and anglers. It represents 125 angling associations and 18,800 members.