National Fishing Month (NFM) is the UK’s primary initiative to get people into angling.

Run annually by the ATA, it encourages every family member to have a go at fishing – regardless of their age, gender or cultural or social background.

No previous fishing experience is required as the aim of the campaign is to demonstrate that fishing really is for everyone!

Fishery owners, organisers and qualified and insured angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month and hundreds of events are staged around the UK under the NFM banner.

NFM is organised by the Angling Trades Association (ATA) with support from the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru, the Professional Anglers Association and the Canal and River Trust.


In 2019,  National Fishing month took place from the 26th of July – 1st of September. 

In 2017, National Fishing Month introduced nearly 13,000 new people to angling; this took place over 330 events that NFM supported. Read more about this record breaking year here

In 2015, National Fishing Month staged over 300 events, attended by some 14,100 anglers and saw 152 volunteers involved.

Items of tackle to the value of £18,570 (RRP) were donated by Bait Tech, Bauer Media, Daiwa, DHP, Dragon Carp, Fladen, Fishing Republic, Fosters of Birmingham, Leeda, Pure Fishing, Shimano and Sports Direct.

An estimated 3,040 hours of free angling coaching were given.

NFM generated over 231 articles nationally, in print and online.

Combined with a social media campaign on Facebook, NFM effectively brought angling to the attention of 20 million people across the UK.

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