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Welcome to The School Of Fish

Fishing Lesson

The School Of Fish offers fishing lessons in Cornwall for beginners and seasoned anglers alike.  My lessons are delivered on lakes and ponds around Cornwall chosen for not only their excellent quality of fishing but also their beautiful surroundings and fantastic wildlife.  If you’re looking for the perfect mix of relaxing in the beautiful Cornish countryside with plenty of excitement thrown in, you’re in the right place. With more than 30 years fishing experience, and over 10 years coaching and teaching, I aim to give you a memorable day out with memories that will last a life time.

Fishing Lessons

At The School Of Fish I offer a range of fishing experiences to suit everyone’s needs.   It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been fishing before or you’d like to refine your skills or try something new like catching a Pike, there’s something for you.  I offer a range of fishing lessons from basic introductions like the First Cast Taster where we hope to catch your very first fish, through to specialist days including Carp fishing and Pike fishing.

You might like to book a fishing lesson in Cornwall for yourself, with a friend, as a Father’s Day or Mother’s gift or perhaps for your son or daughter who is desperate to try fishing but you don’t know where to start.  You might be looking for a new relaxing hobby, something away from the office or perhaps you’d like to include a day’s fishing as part of your summer holiday.

Everything you Need

All of the tackle and bait you need is provided for the lesson along with my experience and qualified tuition.  I’ve been a fishing for over 30 years and in that time I’ve learnt all sorts of fishing tips and tricks to share with you to help you enjoy your fishing on the bank.


Alex, your Coach

Alex and a large pike - fishing lessons in CornwallI started fishing at a very young age, just four years old in fact. I grew up on the coast where my fascination and love of the outdoors and all things fishy developed.  Over the years my fishing interests have grown and if it’s got fins I’ve probably tried to catch it.

Fishing in Cornwall is more than just catching fish, I simply love being outdoors.  Just being on the bank I’ve been lucky to witness some of the very best the British countryside.  And being outside means I’ve experienced some awesome weather.  There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.  I get huge satisfaction from a successful catch but just as much I love to see others be successful following my coaching.  I hope I can share some of that with you at one of my fishing lessons in Cornwall.

A Professional Approach

I’m a Level-2 1st4Sport Angling Coach (recognised by the Angling Trust) as well a qualified teacher and hold a PGCE and a degree in Environmental Science.  I will coach you through your lesson taking time to ensure you are learning safe and suitable fishing techniques so you can walk away confidently and be an independent angler.

Fishing Tips and Videos

  • Salmon fishing in Cornwall

Salmon Fishing in Cornwall – My first experience, and it’s a good one!

One of the wonderful things about fishing in Cornwall and anywhere in the world, is that there are some many different experiences that can be enjoyed.  Some people specialise in catching one particular species of fish and become experts at at.  For some freshwater anglers in the UK that might be targetting large Carp or for the sea anglers it [...]

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Maggi the 72 years young natural and her first casting lesson

Throughout my fishing life, the sport has introduced me to some absolutely brilliant people and had it not been for our interest in fishing it's fair to say our paths would never have crossed.  The latest lesson was another case of exactly that.  I received the following email, "Message Body: hi , am hoping that you give lessons to beginners [...]


I attended the School of Fish course entitled “Get Back Into angling – Predator Fishing” last Saturday morning at Porth reservoir. I have to say that rarely has three hours passed so quickly and it is not often that I have found an instructor, in any field, so competent, succinct and amusing as Alex. The morning was a perfect balance of instruction and personal involvement and I am already arranging to attend further courses with my son in law, who was so enthused by my description on the morning’s proceedings that he wishes to become involved. Many thanks Alex

Mike Willmore

Having recently been disabled not only has my mobility suffered greatly but my confidence had taken a huge knock also. My hobby of sea fishing had to end and I hoped to find a way to return to freshwater fishing. I found by chance the pike fishing lesson with Alex and signed up hoping for a little guidance. Never mind ‘guidance’, Alex thoroughly covered all aspects each of the fishing methods with his knowledge,considerate attitude to both venue and fish handling. Alex took extra care and put forward options for me to help overcome any difficulties posed my health and I am now ready to take up fishing once again thanks to Alex. Could not recommend his lessons more highly. Martin

Martin Massey

Thanks Alex. A great introduction to coarse fishing. The excellent guidance and instruction made for a very enjoyable Sunday morning.
With the very reasonable cost of equipment and membership ( with access to six beautiful well stocked lakes all year round)I would like to buy the essential gear and join the club as soon as possible.
Your easy teaching skills and laid back approach was really appreciated.
Highly recommended to anyone thinking about how to start coarse fishing – go the Alex !!

Howard Williams

What a great introduction to fishing. After only a few minutes my son and myself were hooking up bait and casting off. Such a lovely evening, thoroughly recommend it.

Lynne and Caiden


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