The Angling Trust, the national governing body representing all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England, has announced that after “intense discussions with government officials,” all forms of angling – including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing – will be able to resume from March 29. The organization is publishing initial guidelines to help clubs and fisheries prepare for the full return for angling at the end of the month. Further information will be published on the Sport England website in due time, the Angling Trust said.

In its “Fishing out of Lockdown” submission to the Cabinet Office on Feb. 11, the Angling Trust had made a case for a relaxation of travel restrictions and a return to all forms of angling by highlighting how recreational fishing could provide ”a valuable lifeline for many thousands of people of all ages” throughout the pandemic. Fishing will be permitted as outdoor recreation or exercise for up to six people or in a larger group in the case of participants from the same two households. However, fishing cannot be used as a pretext for overnight stays or a camping trip, as it will remain prohibited for these purposes until April 12 (step 2). Tackle shops and other “non-essential retail” will be able to fully open on April 12 but can continue to propose click/call and collect sales until then.

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