The weather is warming up at last

At last we are beginning to catch some fish now that the water is warming up and I am starting to get some better results on my coaching courses. The small carp at Longmoor are feeding freely and while they…

Another spring at last

What an awful winter, it seemed to go on for ages and I don’t know if it’s my age but this one really seemed to get me down. The lakes I use for coaching were frozen for six weeks and…

Black Park coaching day

I have just got back from a day’s coaching at Black Park in Slough. The day was funded and organised by the Environment Agency and was open to the public who were given half an hour of free coaching with…

Ten years of coaching (part 1)

It is ten years this month since I completed my PAA coaching course at Brooksby College in Leicestershire and I have been thinking back over those years and how my coaching has developed. I have been very lucky to have…

Ten years of coaching (part 2)

Local Government work can be very challenging as it often involves young people with problems but recently I am getting more and more schools using my courses as a reward for good behavior with all the other pupils. Sometimes I…

Ten years of coaching (part 3)

Taster days are designed to introduce new anglers to the sport and are organised on a fishery by the owners or controlling club and are usually well publicised in the local press. They are funded by the Environment Agency and…

Time for another tidy up

Once again my tackle-store-come-workshop has become a victim to my untidy nature and I have been having trouble just moving about in there, let alone looking for things. It was time to call in my tidy up expert Tayler Clark…

A reel reward

I have just got home from a long, difficult coaching session and I found the following email waiting amongst the usual load of spam. Hi Martin, You probably don’t remember me and my son Charlie. You tutored Charlie on two…

Another big chub

On Sunday I drove up to the river Colne to Little Britain at the request of Hillingdon Council to provide coaching sessions on the river. This is usually a summer event but this year they wanted to hold an additional…

Thank God that’s over!

Nature has just reminded us what winters should be like at this latitude and the whole country collapsed. I had to cancel several coaching sessions and change my winter fishing plans. That amount of snow is only enjoyed by children…