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Fishing News and Adventures

Fishing generates so many brilliant experiences.  There are loads of highs and of course the lows.  Not everyday fishing is full of sunshine and big fish, but that’s what make it interesting.  The Fishing News and Adventures page will keep you up to date with activity at The School Of Fish, whether we caught a monster or not.

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.

F### it’s February

for a brief moment I thought a Hollywood style wave was about to wash me from my spot! I scrambled up the bank to see what was happening. The storms drain we’re running at full bore and whilst it wasn’t exactly the tsunami I pictured in my head, the fishing spot was definitely f#cked.

Flying through January

For the first time in years, despite being what normally feels like a really long, January has flown by. It’s been a real mix of weather that’s meant the fishing has been really varied and it’s had a little bit of everything.

Reflections and Momentum

Looking back, like you do at the end of a year, 2023 has been a lot of fun. The fishing lessons saw loads of people catching their first fish and in my own time I’ve enjoyed a variety of fishing with a few really good fish along the way. I’ve learnt a few new things which I’ll carry into 2024 and as usual there’s a few more new things I’ve pencilled in that I’d like to try.

Oh baby it’s cold outside!

There’s still lots of good fishing to be had but there’s no doubt it gets a little bit harder and being smart with time is more important than ever.

Big ones at last!

Third cast and here come the “wild swimmers” to whom I remarked, “which one of us looks more daft, you or me!?”.  It was 6:30am, dark and fresh.  I kind of admired their adventure but I wasn’t about to swap my fishing rod for a pair of speedos!

Big fish or Bust!

September, autumn, less day light, crowds gone, big winds, big seas and, if you get it right, big fish. That’s the theory anyway.

Fishing Tips and Videos


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


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


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!

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!


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