About Smart Carping

What we do

Learn how to catch fish in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere where dedicated tuition will boost confidence in your ability simply by increasing your understanding of fish and watercraft.

We offer personalised fishing tuition to help you achieve the best from the sport and enhance your skills.

All bait will be supplied free of charge for the duration of the training and fishing tackle can be supplied for the session courtesy of JRC and Greys.

We offer

  • Weekday & weekend sessions
  • Coaching for individuals, small groups and corporate events
  • Venues throughout Southern England and select venues in France
  • Half day, single day, 24 hour sessions or longer
  • CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) clearance
  • £5 million public liability insurance


Ian Gemson has completed the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) level 2 coaching course organised by 1st4Sport which officially qualifies him as an angling coach. As a result of this accreditation Smart Carping is able to offer £5 million public liability insurance and has passed the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.

Quick facts

500+ Happy customers
8+ Years coaching experience
15+ Hand-picked coaching venues
£5 million Public liability insurance


Smart Carping is proud to be sponsored by & affiliated with some of angling's leading brands:

Meet your tutor

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Our story

Smart Carping was founded in 2006 by Ian Gemson, a keen angler with a background stretching back to childhood of avid coarse and successful match fishing...

Ian Gemson
I started fishing as a child for what ever came along, mainly in the area of the Hampshire/Surrey border with many of the now well known lakes only a few minutes away. I would fish for pike, roving the local lakes with a simple spinning rod and later fished with much success in matches on rivers, canals and lakes. Watching huge fish during the close season and seeing a few being caught infected me with the carp fishing bug.

Ian's personality led him naturally into teaching - he is approachable, friendly and patient. When he took up specimen angling he found that the people who approached him greatly appreciated his down to earth advice and took a lot from his common-sense approach and ability to think like a fish. Smart Carping was the logical progression.

What people are saying

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Get in touch

Contact Smart Carping today to ask for advice, check availability and discuss a tailored training course that's right for you.


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