As with all professional coaches, I am CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked to offer peace of mind for working with children but, in my case, that is enhanced by over twenty years of teaching before starting my own business. I have always enjoyed working with young people and find that my light tackle approach to sea angling tends to bring out the best in them in terms of interest and enjoyment.
For anyone interested in light tackle, it is a style of fishing that is close to my heart. I wrote the book 'The Challenge of Light Tackle' to celebrate my love of it and my knowledge has continued to grow ever since.
Whether you have a hankering after pole fishing in the sea, fly fishing or several other techniques designed to gain maximum enjoyment from each of the fish that you catch, you will find that there is somewhere in Torbay or its neighbours to practice it. If I can help you to improve both your knowledge and your skills while you do, then it would be my pleasure to do so.
If you would like to try fly fishing in the sea, there are some exciting opportunities to be found, with methods and flies just a little bit different to those in use within conventional fly fishing. I can help you to tie the flies that will catch and take you to some great spots to try, though you might have to get up a little early in the morning for the best of the sport to be had!
Another favourite of youngsters is pole fishing, a highly entertaining method which can see some great catches from places that you would not expect. I have experimented with poles for years and found that children love it, catching fish of all sizes and across quite a range of species, like the three pounds wrasse shown in the photograph, just one of a haul of dozens of fish between three younger anglers.
Whether it be beachcasting, light legering, mulleting, LRF (Light Rock Fishing), HRF (Hard...) or congering, I can guide you to places where you are likely to catch. If you have chest waders, I can add in spots like the Teign, where wading for the bass is particularly enjoyable, and I have contacts amongst the local charter boats where I can arrange for a day's fishing afloat. The charge for this will, however, vary according to what you want to try and what boats are available. Please let me know your requirements - in plenty of time since boat positions tend to fill very quickly - and I will work out the cost of a package and come back to you.