The Environment Agency has produced a free guide book on angling in the Broads area. This new guide is very user friendly and will really help visitors to the Broads easily find out how to fish effectively, where to fish and indeed what fish they could catch.
The new guide was launched at an angling tuition session led by Nick Larkin on Wednesday (17 September, 2008) at the Beauchamp Arms along the tidal waters of the River Yare. Fourteen anglers took part and picked up plenty of hints and tips from Nick on feeder fishing with ground bait and a demonstration of how to pole fish.
Nick regularly runs angling tuition days on the River Yare and has written an article for the new guide entitled ‘A matchman’s approach to the Broads’ which contains more information for those really keen to improve their technique.
The clear maps in the new guide show anglers at a glance which stretches of river are free to fish from the bank and which require a day ticket. They also show local shops where anglers can buy tackle and bait and for those contemplating the pleasures of angling afloat, places to hire a fishing boat are included, along with full details of slipways where anglers can launch their own craft.
Interesting articles on fish and other wildlife are complemented by new, specially commissioned photographs and beautifully painted illustrations of fish species in their natural habitats.
All this will help anglers to enjoy their visit and their fishing whilst fostering a sense of appreciation and care of local fisheries and the sensitive Broadland ecology.
Steve Lane, fisheries officer said: ‘Whether you are a proficient fisherman or a complete novice, a bird watcher or interested in the other wildlife the Broads have to offer, there is something in this guide for everyone.’
Angle on the Broads is available through local tackle shops, boat hire companies, holiday accommodation, the Broads Authority and Tourist Information Centres. The new publication is also available as a download from the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.