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Aaron, angler, on the relationship between angling and the environment

A lot of the time events such as the erosion of riverbanks, or unexplained death of fish and wildlife, are spotted by fisherman first; most fishermen will notify the correct authority about these activities. Fisherman are also cleaning up their own acts in regards to littering: a lot more are conscious of the adverse publicity linked to fishing so they will clean up after themselves.

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Brent, disabled angler, explains how important angling is to him

My disability is osteogenesis imperfecta which is brittle bones; this can mean that the smallest of knocks can result in a broken bone. I have to take morphine-based pain relief everyday and I can no longer walk unaided and have to use a wheelchair most of the time. This obviously restricts what I can do now ... I think angling is an extremely positive experience. It can invigorate me in a way no other activity can. I find that I can be completely engrossed in angling, and the whole experience, whilst tiring, gives me a boost mentally.

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Chris, angler, talks about the amount of social interaction associated with angling

One of the beauties of angling is I can decide I am going fishing now, without having to consult other members of a team, or a club. So in fact, if you want to get away from it all angling is good for that. However, I am a member of a few clubs, and there's a chance to get on a few committees. There's all kinds of opportunities for the social side of things. And of course when you are there, and there are other anglers, you tend to go around and have a chat.

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Darren, angler, talks about how angling effects his mental health

Angling is excellent for your mental health. Every time I’ve been fishing with a problem or feeling stressed I have come back feeling so much more lighter, like a huge weight has been lifted off me. It makes me see things more clearly, as I have a whole day to reflect and think about things more logically.

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Edward, angler, on how angling is perceived by the non-angling public

Unfortunately angling is not a spectator sport/activity, as most of the time it appears that nothing is happening. Unless people have experienced it for themselves, they find it hard to understand how anybody can just sit there in all weather. Also anglers tend to be fishing in places where the public don’t go.

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Female angler on learning to fish and art

My father stared me fishing, and every year we used to holiday on the Norfolk Broads. It was everyday, fish, fish, from first chink of light to no light at all. He started me as a young girl, and now my whole families fishes...But I think I would have started fishing on own because I’m an artist as well, not a professional just amateur, and I sit and don’t just fish, I take everything in and it’s up here [in my head]. I love wildlife for sketching, painting, all sorts of mediums.

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Lousie, angler, on the benefits of joining an angling club like Fishing for Everyone

Fishing doesn't have to be expensive. I think it is helpful to join a club and see what is on offer. It gives you a chance to experience different places, usually at a lower cost than if you organised it yourself. You also get tuition as part of the day if you want it which can be costly if you pay for it yourself. Once you've had a variety of experiences, you can pick what you are interested in and what costs suit you.

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Martin, angler, on what motivates him to go fishing

It's a multitude of things. It's the anticipation of waiting to catch something, the excitement when you get a bite and strike, the fight if it's a decent size or using light tackle. Eating something you've caught (sea fishing). Being out in a scenic location, the solitude at some locations, time to relax.

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Percy, angler, talks about how physically active he is when he goes angling

The amount of physical exertion depends on the location. Sometimes you can pop out the car and go straight onto the fishing spot, other times you might have to walk up and down some cliff paths to get to the spot where I fish. It varies.

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