Hobbies How to Buy a Rod Fishing Licence

Published on May 30th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

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How to Buy a Rod Fishing Licence

Are you looking to spend more time in the great outdoors this summer? Maybe enjoy a new hobby such as fishing?

In this article, we take you through the process of buying a rod fishing licence.

Why Do I Need a Rod Fishing Licence?

It is a legal requirement to have a rod fishing licence to fish for the following species with a rod and line in England:

  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Freshwater fish
  • Smelt
  • Eel

Several other locations in the British Isles also require a licence; Wales, the River Tweed and the Border Esk region of Scotland.  Areas outside the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland do not require a licence. However, you do still need permission, details of which can be found here.

In Northern Ireland, you must either obtain a licence or permit to fish. Details on angling permits and licences in Northern Ireland can be found here.

You can be fined up to £2,500 if you do not have a licence and you should always carry it with you. Children under the age of 12 do not need a licence and for children between the ages of 12 to 16, licences are free.

The type of fish and the number of fishing rods you intend to use will determine which licence you require. For full details regarding the types of licence available, visit the Fishing Licence information page on the gov.uk website.

How Long Does a Rod Fishing Licence Last?

Various options are available depending on how frequently you intend to fish. You can buy a 1-day, 8-day or 12-month licence.

Where Can I Buy a Rod Fishing Licence?

You can buy your rod licence online at your local Post Office. Alternatively, you can call the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 8pm, or online at the Gov.uk website.

Time to go Fishing

So, you are now set for your fishing trip. It can be a long day out on the river and therefore some Hot Drinks and Snacks and Sweets are essential whilst you wait for your first bite.

Sustainable Fish Stamp Cover

Meanwhile, you may also be interested in this Sustainable Fish Stamp Cover highlighting the plight of different species of fish that are increasingly in danger. The stamps included are separated into the sustainable and the threatened fish which can be found in the British waters and beyond.

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