Net profit: tackle shop sales soar as UK catches fishing bug in lockdown


Sarah Butler

Covid physical-distancing rules also reel in more women to apply for rod licence applications

Retailers that specialise in fishing tackle are struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of people have taken up angling as a pandemic pastime and a physically distanced way to enjoy the outdoors.

The number of annual rod licence applications in England and Wales surged by more than 120,000 in 2020, up 15% on the previous year, according to the Environment Agency, with a big increase in the number of women and families heading to the waterside.

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