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Whether it be float fishing for tench on an old estate lake, fly fishing for trout on a chalk stream in southern England, pike fishing on the Norfolk Broads, barbel fishing on the Hampshire Avon.... nothing beats the atmosphere & magic of fishing the way we English do it - if you ever watched the BBC series A Passion for Angling, first broadcast in 1993 (and repeated many times afterwards), you'll know what I mean. The England coarse match fishing team (both men's & women's) is one of the most successful in the world, with multiple world championship victories by the likes of Bob Nudd & Alan Scotthorne. The sport contributes over £5 billion a year to the country's economy, and English anglers were also responsible for the founding of the Anglers Conservation Association, bringing industry & other polluters of our waterways to justice (if it wasn't for us, the country's waterways would be in just as bad a polluted state as they were in the 1960s and 70s). Meanwhile, English angling authors such as John Wilson, Chris Yates, Bernard Venables, BB, John Bailey and others are regarded as the best & most legendary in the world.... with one of them - Isaac Walton (1595-1683) regarded as the father of Angling (having written the world's first ever proper fishing book).

John Duck


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I began fishing with my dad and brother as soon as I could walk. I married a fisherman and still spend my weekends by river or lake where I enjoy the wildlife and where there still is peace and quiet. Cannot beat it for unwinding and therapy for a busy, busy, timetable. And we can then spend time talking tactics ready for the next weekend trip. Long may fishing live.
Jean Porter

Throughout England, wherever there is water, there you will find an angler. Angling is the most popular participation sport in England.
Matthew Nightingale

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry