Fishing Tips 2017-12-08T22:38:22+00:00

Fishing Tips

Stay in touch with my blog and I will share loads of Fishing Tips to help you catch more fish and enjoy your time on the bank. I use a mixture of video demonstrations and written descriptions to help you get the most out of your time when you go fishing. I’ve always found my clients learn the best when they can practice things for themselves. In between lessons why not check out a few videos and see if your catches improve. If there is a particular question you would like me to answer then drop me a line on the contact page.

Most of the fishing tips are focussed on coarse fishing in cornwall which will include carp fishing and pike fishing in cornwall.  I also have a small boat so from time to time when I can get out to sea I’ll share those adventures as well.  There’s nothing I like more than catching blue sharks in Cornwall and from a boat that’s not much bigger than the fish it can get very exciting!

How do I catch fish “On the Drop”?

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Catching fish "On the Drop" simply means, the fish are taking the bait as it drops through the water. It's a great way of catching fish that feed near the surface like Rudd and in [...]

How do I catch carp with a fly fishing rod?

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Fly fishing for Carp was unheard of until quite recently.  It's an exciting way of crossing over the increidble sport of catching any fish on a fly rod, with a really hard fighting fish like [...]

How can I catch a Crucian Carp?

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius) are one of the the smallest members of the Carp family native to the UK.  The British record is 4lb 10oz, so way below it's King Carp cousin, but tackled with [...]

  • Grayling fishing in Cornwall

How do I catch Grayling?

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

It's been ages since I've managed to update the blog.  A new job, a new garden and generally life keeps me busy but it's good to sit down think about the recnt activity. In [...]

How do I catch Perch with Prawns?

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

How can I catch Perch using Prawns for bait? The Perch (Peca fluviatilis) is in my opinion one of the best looking freshwater fish in the UK.  The huge spikey dorsal fin, bold stripes and [...]

How do I unhook a fish?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Catching a fish might feel like the hard bit, but what do you do when you land the fish?  You need to be able to quickly remove the hook and return the fish.  The first [...]

How do I hook a maggot?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

There isn't a fish in freshwater that won't eat a maggot, they are a fantastic bait.  From tiny Minnows to huge Carp, fish love nothing more than a fresh and wriggly maggot.  Getting the most [...]

How do I take self-take fishing photos?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Getting a great photo of the fish you catch helps make the memory last a lifetime.  It can be done on your own but needs a little practice to get great consistent results. Once you've [...]

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 [...]

  • casting lesson

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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