Fully Qualified National Federation of Anglers Coach

A good start!

John Walsh was kindly treated to a day’s angling with me by his wife Shirley as a Christmas present. Having only been fishing once before John wanted an introduction into general coarse angling so we arrange a day in late June to get over to Manor Farm, Bedfordshire.

We fished on the canal lake which is very well stocked with bream, carp and roach making it the ideal venue. The weather on the day was unusually dry and the fish were feeding well, we began the day by fishing the waggler while feeding pellets and corn. John got off to a good start with his first bite producing a bream of a few pounds. We went through casting techniques and how to play fish correctly as well as the basic waggler set up. John continued to catch a range of species through the first part of the day and soon got the hang of casting, baiting up and then playing and unhooking his fish.

As the afternoon approached we then switched to a different tactic and had special permission to fish a feeder in order to give John experience of a variety of methods. We discussed groundbaits and soon set up a simple method feeder rig with corn on the hook.

Not long after John cast this out the tip wrapped round and he was into a decent carp and what turned out to be the biggest of the day (pictured). This was followed by several bream and carp and John really got to grips with this new technique. We finished a really good day with a nice bag of fish and John learnt some basic techniques he can take away and use in future when he comes back.



I emailed some catch shots over the following day and Shirley very kindly sent this reply.


Hi James

Brilliant pictures; thanks for sending them.  John had a really good day he said to say thank you for making it so enjoyable.  John also said to say good luck for the future.

Thank you again.

Best regards




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