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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.

2024 Season Dates

We’re all done for another year.  With the evenings drawing in and the weather becoming less favourable lessons go on hold until next year.  We’ll get started again in April.  Look out for new dates added in March.  Tight lines!

Fishing Afternoon - March 22nd

Lesson Summary

  • Book on Eventbrite – Booking from March 19th, 7pm
  • Cost – £5 per session
  • Duration – 90 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

These 90 minute sessions are a brief introduction where we aim to help everyone catch their first fish.  In groups of up to six 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.

The School Of Fish - Fishing Afternoon - 2024

Fishing Open Day - April 13th

Lesson Summary

  • Book on Eventbrite – Booking from March 30th
  • Cost – £5 per session
  • Duration – 45 minutes
  • Number of spaces– Up to five 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

Fishing is 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.

The School Of Fish - Fishing Open Day - 2024

Fishing Evening - April 23rd

Lesson Summary

  • Book on Eventbrite – Booking from April 15th
  • Cost – £5 per person
  • Duration – 6 – 7:30pm
  • 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

These 90 minute sessions are a brief introduction where we aim to help everyone catch their first fish.  In groups of up to six 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.

The School Of Fish - Fishing Evening - 2024

Fishing Evening - May 14th

Lesson Summary

  • Book on Eventbrite – Booking from May 6th
  • Cost – £5 per person
  • Duration – 6 – 7:30pm
  • 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

These 90 minute sessions are a brief introduction where we aim to help everyone catch their first fish.  In groups of up to six 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.

The School Of Fish - Fishing Evening - 2024

Fishing Evening - June 11th

Lesson Summary

  • Book on Eventbrite – Booking from June 3rd
  • Cost – £5 per session
  • Duration – 6 – 7:30pm
  • 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

These 90 minute sessions are a brief introduction where we aim to help everyone catch their first fish.  In groups of up to six 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.

The School Of Fish - Fishing Evening - 2024

Watch this space for more dates in 2024

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 through the Eventbrite booking platform.

Cancellations

If the weather conditions look really poor for either fishing outcomes or 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

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.

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!

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

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

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