I Have Lost my Fishing Rod Licence | Why it Matters

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    Losing Your Fishing Rod Licence

    If you live in the UK or Wales, does it matter if you lose your fishing rod licence? The quick answer to that is YES it does matter if you have found you have lost your fishing rod licence. Even though most Anglers don’t tend to bump into EA (environment Agency) representatives, there is always the chance of getting caught and landing a hefty fine.

    Apart from this Anglers should respect the rules and regulations of all the venues they fish at. This includes having a valid rod licence upon them at all times to show upon request.

    So lets take a look at what happens if you loose your fishing licence and the reasons why you should buy one in the first place.

    What if I Have Lost my Fishing Rod Licence

    None of us are perfect, we all loose things from time to time. After all a rod licence isn’t exactly a big bulky item. It can very easily be miss placed. I tend to keep mine in my tackle box at all times so it is always with me. But if I was to loose it what could I do about it?

    Well do not fear there is help out there. If you ring 03708 506 506 and explain your situation they will send you a replacement that should reach you in a few days from the phone call. The only catch is you will have to pay £5 for the privilege. Which isn’t bad really when you take into account the admin and postage and packaging involved.

    So my advice would be to keep the licence in a safe place such as a tackle box which is always with you when you’re out on the bank.

    How do I Buy a Fishing Rod Licence

    There are a few ways of buying a rod licence, all of which are relatively easy and straight forward to do. 

    If you are not big on technology you can do it the old fashioned way by walking into your local post office branch. Take a bit of ID with you and purchase one straight over the counter. Alternatively you could get on the internet and go to www.gov.com. or ring the Environment Agency fishing licence service on 0344 800 5386.


    How Long does a Rod Licence Last

    A lot of anglers starting up fishing can be forgiven for thinking the licence starts in June and ends in March. This is because the fishing season starts in June and finishes in March.

    In fact the rod licence starts on the day you purchase it and lasts exactly one year. Which in my eyes makes it a lot fairer to the Angler.

    How Much is a Fishing Rod Licence?

    There are several options open to you here and it depends on several different things. Where you are fishing, what fish you are going for and how long you want the rod licence to last. You can choose between 1 day, 8 days and a 12 month licence. 

    It is worth noting under 13’s do not need a licence of any kind. 13 to 16 year olds are classed as juniors and don’t have to pay for their licences but they still need to obtain one that is free of charge. Whilst carp fishing if you are using a spod rod or marker rod you do not have to pay to use them. If you are fishing in Northern Ireland or Scotland the rules on rod licences are different from the UK and Wales. You can checkout the rules here. 

    Below is a list of prices that you will need for fishing inland in the UK and Wales.

    Do I Need a Rod Licence on Private Lakes

    A lot of Anglers tend to believe that you only need a fishing rod licence on rivers and canals in the UK. This isn’t true. Whether you are fishing private commercials, reservoirs, canals, streams, rivers or canals the same rules apply. About the only place you can still fish for free and not need a rod licence is in the sea.

    The fine if you do get caught can be anything up to £2500. So is it really worth taking the risk? The police are even getting involved with some of the patrols now, so personally I don’t think it is worth taking the chance.


    If you are unfortunate enough to of lost your fishing licence, as I explained it is fairly easy to purchase a new one. Hopefully this post has explained all that you need to know about having a rod licence. If you want to stick to the rules and be a responsible Angler make sure you don’t go fishing without it. Tight lines people.




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