A record 1.5 million angling licences were sold in 2009, the Environment Agency has said.
The agency said the centuries-old sport had seen a major resurgence over the past decade, with almost half a million more licences to fish sold in 2009 than in 2000.
The EA puts the rise in popularity of angling down to cleaner rivers with more fish, better fishing opportunities, free guides . . . .
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