The Angling Trust has announced plans for a new competition, aimed at encouraging more people to go fishing.
The National Fisheries League (NFL) will cater for coarse, sea and game anglers, encouraging clubs and fisheries to register, before collating the results of the anglers who fish with them. Points will be awarded for anglers who turn up to fish, with additional bonus points for everyone who finishes in the top 10 in their respective competition.
Competitors will then be ranked in regional and national league tables for each discipline.
The idea comes on the back of a £1.8 million grant that the Angling Trust has been awarded to fund 'participation.' Research has found that 42 per cent of anglers who fish matches compete more than once a week, while only 20 per cent of those who don't match fish get on the bank more than once every seven days.
More detailed plans are to be released soon.
Skipper of the mighty Daiwa Dorking and England Junior Team Manager, Steve Sanders, commented: "I think anything that encourages anglers to go fishing is a good idea. The only reservation I have is with the administration, which will be a major undertaking on an event of this size. I look forward to seeing the final plans for the event before passing judgement."