Korda Carp Academy 2015 sees 30 students graduate!

Thirty young anglers have graduated from the annual Korda Carp Academy with honours following three days of intensive tuition, which saw dozens of PBs smashed at Manor Farm Fishery in Bedfordshire.

Korda boss Danny Fairbrass, whose students banked several 20lb-plus carp on Winters Lake, hailed the class of 2015 as “without a doubt, the best year ever” at a ceremony which saw 30 young anglers presented with certificates and prizes in front of proud parents and relatives.

“The attitude of all the kids has been absolutely brilliant –the amount they’ve learnt has been fantastic and the instructors, as always, have given it their all 24 hours a day. It’s no mean feat to tutor two students for three days so very well done to everyone involved,” continued Danny.

“For me, this is the best part of the job – seeing all of this happen. When all the hats get thrown up at the end, it’s an awesome moment and you’ve got 30 kids going out there being great ambassadors for the sport and hopefully rinsing all their local lakes with what they’ve learnt!”

“I’d like to thank all of the people who sponsor this event and have put their hands in their pockets: Delkim, Trakker, Mainline, Cygnet, Hinders, Kiana, Daiwa and, of course, Korda. A big thanks to Sue at Manor Farm too – it’s absolutely brilliant for this sort of event with lots of different fishing available here. It’s been just taxing enough for the students to learn lots and she’s given up three lakes to this event, so we really appreciate her support.”

Fifteen experienced Korda carp anglers each took two students under their wing to complete a packed syllabus over the three days, covering every aspect of carp angling with a strong emphasis on carp care along with respect for their environment and quarry across Winters, Carp and Damsel lakes.

Student Max Andrew, who banked three PBs from Damsel Lake under the tuition of Richard Stewart, described the experience as “the best thing ever! I can’t wait to go fishing again and put all I’ve learnt into practice. All the instructors have been absolutely brilliant and I’ve had a great time – thank you.”

The last 24 hours of the event saw an amazing run of PBs and great catches, with James Turner’s students Ben and Alfie both netting big carp from the Carp Lake, including a spectacular 26lb 4oz linear to Alfie on solid bag tactics. Other notable catches include a 30lb 1oz common to Matt Pettitt’s student George Costa and a great run of fish to Kai Scott under supervision from Tom Dove.

Prizes including a Trakker brolly system, Daiwa spod reel and rod combos, Delkim alarms and carp care kits were awarded to students for stand-out performances in progressing their carp angling abilities and learning new skills.

The event, the eighth Carp Academy, was covered extensively by a camera crew for a special program presented by Ali Hamidi – details of air dates will be announced in coming months.

Follow the Korda Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more photos from the event in the next few days. Any students or parents wishing to obtain photos from the event should email ben.murray@korda.co.uk

For more information on Manor Farm Fishery, go to www.manorfarmfishing.com or search for the Bedfordshire venue on social media.

Student Max Andrew with one of three PBs he caught during Carp Academy 2015

Tutor Martin Pick and student Harry Theobald with a cracking Damsel Lake common