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Fishing Lessons

All of The School Of Fish lessons are delivered the excellent Waterside Fishery in mid-Cornwall.  There are three lakes to chose from that are perfect for you fishing experience.  They have been chosen for both their fantastic fishing and their beautiful and quiet surroundings.  I will always select a lake 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.

Fishing for Positive Mental Health

Lesson Summary

  • Book Now – June 8th – BOOKED
  • Book Now – June 22nd BOOKED
  • Book Now – August 17th – FULLY BOOKED
  • Cost – £5 per person
  • Duration – 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Number of spaces– Up to six
  • Location – Waterside Fishery, nr Bodmin
  • Equipment – all provided

Rod License – The rod licence requirement is waived for the activity by the Environment Agency in association with the Angling Trust.

Lesson Description

Motivated by the loss of a close friend, these sessions are to introduce people to fishing and it’s benefits for mental health.  You’ll learn basic techniques and you’ve got a great chance of that first fish. During the session 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 effectively and landing and unhooking a fish safely.

Fishing For Positive Mental Health

Family Fishing - Digital Detox

Lesson Summary

  • Book Now – August 7th
  • Cost – £5 per session
  • Duration – 45 minutes
  • Number of spaces– Up to six in a session
  • Location – Waterside Fishery, nr Bodmin
  • Equipment – all provided

Rod License – The rod licence requirement is waived for the activity by the Environment Agency in association with the Angling Trust.

Lesson Description

Put the phones away, we’re going fishing! It’s a great activity to do together with friends and family and gets everyone outside.  These 45 minute sessions are a brief introduction where we aim to help everyone catch their first fish.  In groups of up to five you’ll be shown the basics of safe fishing, the tackle, fish care and hopefully, how to take a great photo of your first catch.  All ages are welcome.

 

Family Fishing - Digital Detox

Mums, Daughters, Aunties, Nannies Go Fishing!

Lesson Summary

  • Book now – July 10th POSTPONED
  • Time – 9.30 – 11am or 11:30 – 1pm
  • Cost – £5 per person
  • Duration – 90 minutes
  • Number of spaces– Up to six
  • Location – Waterside Fishery, nr Bodmin
  • Equipment – all provided

Rod License – The rod licence requirement is waived for the activity by the Environment Agency in association with the Angling Trust.

Why should the boys have all the fun? Whilst fishing is male dominated (at the moment) there’s no reason it should be.  Bring your mum, take your niece, and come and join the fun.  These 90 minute sessions will cover the basics of safe fishing for you and the fish.  We’ll cover casting, unhooking fish, baiting the hook (with maggots) and learn some of the fishy terminology so you can talk the talk.

Girls Go Fishing!

Private Coaching

Lesson Summary

  • Dates – none available at the moment
  • Cost – £45 per session
  • Duration – 3-hours
  • Number of people– Up to two
  • Location – Waterside FIshery, nr Bodmin
  • Equipment – all provided

Rod License – The rod licence requirement is waived for the activity by the Environment Agency in association with the Angling Trust.

A private coaching session for one or two people allows for extra close attention, whether it’s your very first fishing experience or you want to refine your existing fishing skills.  We can tailor the session to you and your requirements making for a day to remember.

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 place or 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 or 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 to see that you do. 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, the lesson will be ended and you will be asked to leave and no refund will be issued.

Fishing Tips and Videos

Fishing News and Adventures

Testimonials

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!

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