Fishing is great fun
Getting started – what you need to know before you set off fishing for the first time.
First things first – if you are fishing in the sea – then you don’t need an Environment Agency rod licence.
But if you are fishing in freshwater (river, lake, canal, or pond)using a fishing hook and line, and you are over 12 years of age then you need an Environment Agency Rod Licence. Under 12s don’t need a licence , 12-16s need a licence but it is free.
We’ve created a link here to the gov.uk page which explains everything you need to know about fishing licences, when you need one, and what type of licence to buy. The Environment Agency check anglers licences regularly – and the fines for fishing without one are hefty…. it’s silly and expensive to be caught without one when they are simple to buy and free for junior anglers.
You can buy an environment agency rod licence by clicking this link now There are also a comprehensive set of rules set down by the Environment Agency covering when and where you can fish, the species of fish that you can fish for, and the tackle you can use… Here’s a link to this information however if you follow our instructional guides and videos we will provide this information as we go along, in an easy to understand format and ensure that you don’t break any rules and put yourself in a position where you might get into trouble.
For most of us our first introduction to fish and fishing is when we go on holiday and buy a fishing net – searching around in rock pools or shallow areas of streams trying to catch the little fish which we can see.
These tiddlers are faster and smarter than many of us first think – and catching fish in a net sounds far easier than it actually is in reality – it is however great fun and a great introduction to fishing with a rod and line.