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Fishing Lessons

All of The School Of Fish lessons are delivered on waters that are perfect for your Cornwall fishing experience.  They have been chosen for both their fantastic fishing and their beautiful and quiet surroundings.  I will always select a venue that I feel will help us have the best chance of achieving your goals on the day. Every coaching session will start with a free telephone consultation.  It’s great to get to know you a little bit first and importantly to understand what you want to get from your time at The School Of Fish. If you can’t see exactly what you’re looking for, please do contact me and we’ll look at a way to meet your needs.

Beginner Fishing Lesson – 3 Hours

Lesson Summary

  • *Cost – £30 for 1, £35 for 2
  • Duration – 3 Hours
  • Number of anglers – Up to two
  • All equipment provided

*Lake fee – This varies depending on the venue we choose but it’s generally £5–8

Rod License – It is a legal requirement to have a valid Environment Agency Rod License. For 16s and under this is free. For adults the cost is £6 for a day. You can buy these online. Click here to buy a Rod License

Lesson Description

If you’re completely new to fishing, the First Cast Taster coaching session is a great place to start. You’ll learn basic techniques and you’ve got a great chance of that first fish. During the 3-hours of coaching you will be introduced to water craft (how to think like a fish), modern fishing tackle, successful baits, waterside safety and some fishy terminology so you can talk the talk. My aim in this session is to get you casting accurately, striking effectivley and landing and unhooking a fish safely.

A Rudd lies in the net after being caught

Full Day Fishing Lesson- 6 Hours

Lesson Summary

  • *Cost – £60 for 1, £65 for 2
  • Duration – 6 Hours
  • Number of anglers – Up to two

*Lake fee – This varies depending on the venue we choose but it’s generally £5–10

Rod License – It is a legal requirement to have a valid Environment Agency Rod License. For 16s and under this is free. For adults the cost is £6 for a day. You can buy these online. Click here to buy a Rod License

Lesson Description

The Full Day Experience is ideal for anyone with some previous fishing experience or has attended our First Cast Taster coaching session.  We’ll look at selecting the best spot on a lake, taking into account weather and underwater features that will attract fish.  The session will see you setting up the tackle from scratch ensuring your knots are good and your tackle selection is smart.  We’ll review different baits and their application so you start to become a selective angler targeting specific species.  My aim in this coaching session is to get you thinking about fish location, tackle selection and bait application.

Summer Evening Fishing Lesson – 3 Hours

Lesson Summary

Season – May 1st – August 31st

  • *Cost – £30 for 1, £35 for 2
  • Duration – 3 Hours
  • Number of anglers – Up to two
  • All equipment provided

*Lake fee – This varies depending on the venue we choose but it’s generally £5–8

Rod License – It is a legal requirement to have a valid Environment Agency Rod License. For 16s and under this is free. For adults the cost is £6 for a day. You can buy these online. Click here to buy a Rod License

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Summer fishing is all about the evenings, making the most of the hours after work. As the light fades and the heat of the day reduces, that’s one of the best times of day for a bite. So why not book an evening coaching session and learn how to take advantage of this feeding spell which can yield some of the best action of the day. During a Summer Evening Special we’ll look to make the most of catching fish high in the water as they feed on hatching  insect life. You’ll also get to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the bird life by the waterside as well as a very good chance of spotting a number of native British bats so close you could almost touch them.

Summer Evening Special Fishing Lesson

Pike Fishing Lesson – 6 Hours

Lesson Summary

Season – October 1st – March 31st

  • *Cost – £60 for 1, £65 for 2
  • Duration – 6 Hours
  • Number of anglers – Up to two

*Lake fee – This varies depending on the venue we choose but it’s generally £5–10

Rod License – It is a legal requirement to have a valid Environment Agency Rod License. For 16s and under this is free. For adults the cost is £6 for a day. You can buy these online. Click here to buy a Rod License

Our Winter Pike session is the ideal introduction and guiding session to your first Pike. We’ll cover everything from suitable tackle selection, tying a variety of effective rigs, and look at safely unhooking a Pike. We’ll put the theory into practice and try a variety of methods in areas of a lake most likely to hold Pike. I can’t guarantee we’ll catch a Pike but we can use simulations and video illustrations on the bankside so you get loads of tips to help you be a successful Pike angler.

A large Pike caught at The School Of Fish

Terms and Conditions

Booking

Booking needs to be made in advance of the coaching session. The more notice you can give the better chance we’ve got of getting the date you want. Payment for the session must be made in advance of the session either by cheque of via BACS payment. details will be shared when you book.

Cancellations

If the weather conditions look really poor for either fishing outcomes of indeed it looks like it will be uncomfortable fo indeed dangerous I will cancel the session. You don’t want to sit it out in tough conditions and I don’t want to see you struggle when we can always pick another day.

Catch guarantee

There is no guarantee of catching a fish but i will try my very hardest that you do catch. Lesson at The School Of Fish are about developing various techniques and putting them into practice. I want to see you catch a fish more than anyone but fish are wild creatures so I can’t make a promise.

Fishery rules

The rules of the fishery will be explained when we start. Understanding these on any fishery you visit is important. If anyone constantly breaks the rules of the fishery whilst in a lesson with The School Of Fish will be asked to leave and no refund will be issued.

Fishing Tips and Videos

Fishing News and Adventures

Testimonials

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

Martin

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!

Naomi

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

Mike

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!