Below are some of the kind comments left by friends and students of Smart Carping after recent coaching sessions and angling events. Glowing feedback which we are proud to share.
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"I've just had an absolutely fantastic day with Ian and if you, like me fancy taking your understanding of fishing to a whole new level, find the money and phone Ian NOW!!"
"Thanks Ian, your friendly, patient and empathetic style made learning from you an absolute pleasure."
"I classed myself as a beginner with some experience before our session. I have come away believing in my abilities, able to play the fish better and be more confident on the bank."
"The day was fantastic; I genuinely enjoyed learning from you. Your teaching is easy to follow and I believe that I could now be the one on the lake catching when others have run out of ideas."
Aston & Rachel
"I would expect that the vast majority of dedicated Carp anglers would increase their catch rate if they booked a coaching session with you."
"If anyone is reading this with a view to potentially booking a session with Ian I would urge you to do so... spending a day on the bank with Ian is a valuable investment which will benefit you for years to come."
"Ian is very friendly, knowledgeable about carp and fun to be with! The day went extremely quickly with a huge transfer of information which has equipped me no end for fishing lots of venues."
"I would have no hesitation in suggesting you invest in some tuition. This will result in far more fish on the bank which ultimately is why we go fishing!"
"It was obvious to me that the wealth of knowledge that Ian has enables him to coach complete beginners and develop experienced anglers by enhancing their skills and performance."
"Don't be in any doubt that you would be wasting your money, the day spent by the lake with Ian was well worth it. Thanks for an informative and fun day!"
"Ian has a gift of explaining things so that you can pick things up quickly, Ian is also very patient and always answers any questions you might have."
"Since our coaching sesson my fishing has improved 100% and I feel confident to fish anywhere all thanks to Ians excellent coaching."
"I would recommend a coaching session with Ian to anyone hoping to get the best out their carp fishing."
"The results speak for themselves, 6 personal bests, certainly the best days fishing I've ever had."
"Your expert help and knowledge helped us to catch 37 carp between us, both beating our PB's."
"Thanks for your help and advice which made myself and Jon better anglers and made our weekend brilliant. I will be recommending you to everyone - beginner or so called expert."
"I had a fantastic session and was very impressed by your method of instructing. You didn't leave a subject until we were both happy that I had grasped the idea."
"I caught my biggest fish on a rig that I had built less than 30 minutes before hand."
"I?ve had quite a few trips which ended in disappointment, I felt it was time to find out where I was going wrong. I ended up having the best fishing trip ever as I beat my personal best twice in 48 hours."
"I would advise anyone who wants to take up carp fishing or perfect their skills to have a session with Ian, you couldn?t meet anyone more dedicated to teaching carp fishing."
"It was the best fishing day I have had since I started back Carp fishing. I cant find the words to tell you how much I enjoyed it."
"One of the best one hundred pounds I have ever spent. Anyone who is starting out in Carp fishing and does not know about your business is missing out."
"What you get is a top level professional approach that would help every angler that fishes for all species."
"If I can offer any advice, book a day with SmartCarping. Not only will you have a great day in great company but also, you will learn plenty, and I have no doubt, adapt your current approach and simply, catch more."
"There is no doubt that I have come away a better Carp angler from a day's coaching with Ian."
"I caught some hard fighting carp breaking my PB several times."
"The way you manage to convey the concepts that you are teaching, is from my perspective absolutely spot on."
"It has renewed my enthusiasm for carping."
"If you are thinking of taking up fishing, or have done some in the past and want to polish up your skills and techniques then look no further than Mr Gemson, he is a mine of info and a blooming great laugh to boot."
"What a fantastic day of fishing I had. I couldn't have wished for a better instructor for what was my first ever experience at Carp fishing!!"
"Thoroughly recommend Ian to anyone who wants a good days fishing ....He is a great guy, great tutor and great fun!!"
"I have read many books, websites and magazines, however, none of these come close to having someone of Ian's ability standing next to you and showing you how it's done."
"Excellent value for money for a day with someone with infectious passion and immense talent!"
Dave, Matt and Lyndon
"I have no doubt the day has improved my fishing and would recommend coaching for both new and experienced anglers."
"It was a pleasure to spend time on the bank with someone who really does know his stuff."
"I would be more than happy to recommend him."
"Ian's patience is un-surpassed and his knowledge stemming from his very successful match fishing days has now expanded making Ian a very competent carp angler and a superb teacher. "
"If you are thinking of having a lesson with Ian, be you a beginner, a novice or even a competent angler in need of some fresh, new ideas then I promise you, you wont regret it."
"He has made my interest in angling reignite."
"He makes great personal sacrifices and will not rest until he feels his pupil has achieved often more than expected and will introduce new baits and rigs in a constant search for his pupil to achieve that dream catch."
"Through his teaching my catch rate has improved a lot and I am enjoying my fishing so much more as a direct result of his coaching."
"Thank you for all your help you truly were the greatest tutor that I could of had."
"You taught me very well and played a big part in the best time of my life I enjoyed every minute."
"I really recommend anyone even if they are a season carper, to experience Ian's unique and friendly style of coaching!"
"One fishing lesson with Smart Carping, £100 — Seven double figure carp and whacking great smile, priceless!!!"
Sheila Lavell (on behalf of the Lavell family)
"A great day was had by all and a lot of information was taken in."
"I would definitely recommend Ian to all my friends and anyone wanting to further their knowledge."