PEOPLE from across the Keighley district who haven’t tried fishing before are being encouraged to give it a go.

Over 250 free events are being held, including a number in this region, as part of National Fishing Month.

Angling has seen a surge in interest since the start of the pandemic.

Last year, the Environment Agency sold 1,019,723 individual freshwater rod licences to adults in England – up from 882,989 in 2019, an increase of 16 per cent.

Andrew Race, chairman of the Angling Trades Association, said: “We created National Fishing Month to inform the general public about angling and the social, psychological and environmental benefits.

“The aim is to increase participation and diversity amongst anglers and to engage people with decisions surrounding access, environmental policy and wildlife management.

“National Fishing Month offers an unrivalled opportunity for people to engage with the outdoors and get a taste for fishing at the same time.

“As the country takes angling to its heart this year, I still remember the first time I went fishing with my grandfather at an early age. By creating opportunities to experience these moments throughout the month, we hope to support angling in going from strength to strength.”

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