THE annual Korda Carp Academy saw 30 young anglers graduate with honours following three days of intensive tuition, and Angler's Mail have been hearing all about it.
Venue for the 2015 event was Manor Farm Fishery, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire – and it certainly delivered the goods as dozens of personal bests were smashed.
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.
“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!” added Danny.
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.
Danny said: “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.”
The event was covered extensively by a camera crew for a special programme presented by Ali Hamidi – details of air dates will be announced in coming months.
Angler’s Mail have brought you just some of the images from the 2015 event – follow Korda’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more photos in the next few days.
For more information on Manor Farm Fishery, go to www.manorfarmfishing.com or search for the Bedfordshire venue on social media.
2016 KORDA CARP ACADEMY
The 30 students at Manor Farm for the 2015 Korda Carp Academy were chosen from over 500 applications. Angler’s Mail understands there will be another Korda Carp Academy event in 2016 – further details will be released next year.