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Fishing Tips and Videos

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 can I catch a Crucian Carp?

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…

How do I catch Grayling?

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…

How do I unhook a fish?

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…

How do I hook a maggot?

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…

Fishing News and Adventures

Where’s my fishing head at?

The sunshine has come at the right time. Time to get back on it and get my fishing head on. It’s the time of year when the dawn chorus is amazing, the trees and flowers are coming to life and it’s just good to be outside. Blink and it’s gone. The lightest day of the year will be here and it sounds crazy but, the nights start drawing in and there’s a feeling of, damn, I missed it! I don’t want to miss it!

Wet, Wet, Wet!

We were sooo lucky with the weather.  In the sun, out the wind and it felt, dare I say it, warm!  It was lovely to welcome back familiar faces and some new ones too.


They had a fantastic day on the lake with Alex!

I booked a carp fishing lesson for my partner and brother in laws, who all tell me they had a fantastic day on the lake with Alex! They went over to Newquay on Sunday and along with picking up new skills throughout the day, they had multiple catches between them. Alex is not only knowledgeable and passionate about what he does, but a super nice guy as well – we’ll be highly recommending to anyone looking to improve skills or take up fishing as a hobby! Thanks again!


Could not recommend his lessons more highly

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


AIM Award Qualification for young Samuel

A few memories of a job very well done! Samuel has now completed his Aim Award qualification, in ‘Angling & the Environment’. It has been a fantastic course, including environmental matters, biology, science, the water cycle, pollution, habitat management, fish species, conservation and more – plus some fantastic fishing skills….A massive Thank you to Dean Asplin and The Angling Trust who have sponsored Samuel to do the course and have backed his pathway into the Angling Industry.
Also, a huge thank you to ‘The School of Fish’ coach, Alex Ledbrooke, who has not only coached and guided Samuel throughout the course, but who has given both Samuel and I, a deeper insight into the wonderful world of angling and the environment….Amazing!

The morning was a perfect balance of instruction and personal involvement

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 mornings proceedings that he wishes to become involved.

Many thanks Alex


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