Summer weather boosts sales in fishing gear

HARRY Bartlett in his fishing gear at GO Outdoors, Taunton.

HARRY Bartlett in his fishing gear at GO Outdoors, Taunton. Buy this photo

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TAUNTON residents made the most of one of the hottest summers on record by taking to the river as sales in fishing gear rose by 87%.

The increase in fishing items sold at GO Outdoors Taunton was very high for the first three weeks of the summer holidays with lots of people making the most of the weather.

With everything from bait to waders in stock at the St Johns Retail Park store, Taunton, shoppers invested in over 600 rods and poles to ensure the catch of the day didn’t get away.

Harry Bartlett, 18, staff member at GO Outdoors Taunton and a keen fisherman, said: “Fishing is such an awesome hobby that I don’t think enough people do.

"I’ve been fishing since I was little and now spend some weekends trying to catch my biggest fish. It’s so satisfying when you land any fish, any size, the thrill comes from the fight.

“I’m so glad to hear that the people of Taunton have been making the most of the great weather we have been having and getting outdoors to enjoy a spot of fishing.”

 

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4:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Another advert! What about the small, independent fishing shops in Taunton; Taunton Angling Centre on Station Road or Enterprise Angling on East Reach? Did anyone ask them how business has been? Is this how the Gazette supports local businesses? I'm pretty sure the shop in the article wasn't open last summer either, so what period is this supposed 'growth' based on? Oh, and "one of the hottest summers on record"? That was last year, no?
Another advert! What about the small, independent fishing shops in Taunton; Taunton Angling Centre on Station Road or Enterprise Angling on East Reach? Did anyone ask them how business has been? Is this how the Gazette supports local businesses? I'm pretty sure the shop in the article wasn't open last summer either, so what period is this supposed 'growth' based on? Oh, and "one of the hottest summers on record"? That was last year, no? GreatOdin'sRaven
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12:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

swjoduk says...

I hope all these anglers have the relevant rod licences.

Anyone over the age of 12 needs a rod licence. A Non Migratory Trout licence should cover it for most aspects of fishing in the Taunton area, particularly fishing on the River Tone, canal, and coarse fishing ponds including Wellington Basins.

Anyone caught fishing without a licence can expect a fine, ban and their fishing gear confiscated.

You have been warned.
I hope all these anglers have the relevant rod licences. Anyone over the age of 12 needs a rod licence. A Non Migratory Trout licence should cover it for most aspects of fishing in the Taunton area, particularly fishing on the River Tone, canal, and coarse fishing ponds including Wellington Basins. Anyone caught fishing without a licence can expect a fine, ban and their fishing gear confiscated. You have been warned. swjoduk
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