Carp Academy 2009

This year’s Academy was another astounding success with 30 happy students all leaving the event with a head full of new fishing techniques and tips. Arriving on the 26th May, each student was placed with his tutor to spend 3 fantastic days learning the art of carp fishing.
Huge names in angling such as Damian Clarke, Iain Macmillan, Steve Broad and many more were there to share their knowledge with these budding young anglers. If that wasn’t all, Sky were there to capture the event on camera.
Each tutor was given a dedicated syllabus, so that the students could learn spodding, markering, PVA bags, rigs, stalking – you name it, they were taught it. The event really isn’t about catching carp, it’s about learning, learning and more learning. Each student could then take away his newly acquired knowledge to go and bag carp without any help whatsoever.
Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t exactly epic, although a few were caught. Tom Dove’s students managed 8 fish between them and Andy Reynold’s young protégées managed some cracking fish up to 19lb – beautiful mirrors with huge, apple-slice scales.
The students were fed, watered and put through the paces of day-to-day carp angling. If they stood up to the test, each would then walk away with the sought-after graduation cap and t-shirt. We must say that the calibre of student this year was particularly good. One student called Connor Harrold, who I remember in particular, went for a few hours casting tuition with none other than Mark Hutchinson. To begin with he was casting a fairly average distance just like any other angler – up to 90yrd or so. However, after a few pointers from Mark he was soon smashing the lead well over 130yrd – that’s what it’s all about!
Not only did every student graduate this year, there were also a few prizes up for grabs donated by fishing’s top companies – namely Trakker, Delkim and Daiwa so a huge thankyou to them. Whoever won them must be smiling like a Cheshire cat.
I’d also like to thank Bluebell Lakes, the mums and dads, the tutors and of course the students. Some of the best bait on the market was also supplied by Mainline and Bait Tech so a special thanks to them. Keep an eye on the news pages for info on when the show will be broadcasted as well as up and coming events.
James Armstrong