Angler’s Mail HQ blogger and editor Tim Knight discusses anglng jobs and how to get a job in fishing. Share the blog with friends on Facebook and Twitter by clicking icons above, or simply by telling people!




EVERY so often I get a polite email for help to the effect of the header above, from anglers seeking a long-term path into the sport.

Practically every day I’ll get a blunt “Read my blog/watch my video/like my Facebook page”, “I caught X, Y, Z will you sponcer (sic) me?” and “Give me a column in your Angling Mail…”

It sometimes seems everyone wants a break into the angling game. Fair play. And with the false illusion of a cushy number with perks galore, that’s no surprise.

Jobs in angling are few and far between. I know of redundancies in many sectors over the past year, pay is falling in real terms, and I am surprised the pinch has not been harder given the dreadful winter and general economic downturn.

This website started an Angling Job of the Week post but we’ve only been able to update it sporadically, such has been the caution in the industry. Also angling job promotion rarely strays beyond a company or venue’s base.

As I type (May 2013) Angler’s Mail are searching for a full-time print and digital sub editor to be based with us here in central London. There are two new roles at the Angling Trust – on year-long contracts due to funding uncertainty; a sign of the times. And packers are needed at Essex-based Nashbait. These are the only jobs I can currently relay to you in the biz this May (2013).

Yet it still amazes me how many people are making a living in angling. Most are real grafters, but a surprising minority are inefficient individuals.

One noted tackle brand leader told me he’d personally had a nightmare with sales reps in the UK, falling for the patter and angling knowledge then later unearthing a trail of skiving and poor performance. He even wondered if it was part of a “British disease”! I’d like to think he was simply unlucky…?

Making bait for a living – just one of the many, many jobs in the UK angling industry.

It really is a golden opportunity to work in any field that you genuinely find interesting. Cleaning dirty rooftop air conditioning and beyond-dull training as a tax officer were just two jobs I instantly realized were not for me. But they were a means to an end at the time. My lucky break was cleaning maggots – I wanted it and loved it so much I didn’t care what the pay was.

If I was packing bags of boilies now I know I’d find it darn sight more rewarding, mentally, than stacking washing powders at a supermarket, and I’d give it that little bit extra every day.

So where do the lucky people earning an angling living, basic or otherwise, actually come from now?

I looked around people I know in the media and promotion side – on mags, websites and at manufacturers. The lucky few came straight from college on very low starting wages. Others moved from the fisheries world (only some – Sparsholt College etc give no automatic leaving pass into a fishing job). Some switched from non-angling media, or studied some kind of media course, building a portfolio of credible work beyond “head-down, no-smile” snapshots of 20s and 30s carp.

Whenever AM have advertised for a job (rarely as staff tend to stick around) most applicants brag about their angling results, as if that’s the thing to prove your worth as a potential employee. It isn’t.

Work experience pupils taken in by the Mail have, touch wood, all realized that building their CV with unpaid shifts, doing whatever is asked, and doing it willingly, is the way to get on. Ask questions – don’t be afraid to sound stupid. Learn from mistakes. Give it your all.

If this blog sounds discouraging, don’t let it be. Working in angling is fun, ever-changing, so often rewarding in ways money cannot buy, and it is not an impossible aim. There will always be an opportunity going somewhere for the keenest and most talented.

Sincere good luck if getting into the angling game is your goal.


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