Getting a job in angling
I LOSE count of the number of youngsters who ask me how they can make a living in the angling world. I know that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of young readers who would like answers, so here is how Tom Forman and Dan Yeomans did it at Nash Tackle.
Tom had met up with Alan Blair just as he’d left school, and Alan advised him to do a fishery management course at Shuttleworth. Whilst there, Tom got a seven-week placement working at Lac Chateau Cavagnac. It was there, incidentally, where Tom met Kevin Nash.
Tom fell in love with the scene, and after completing his studies, spent three summers in France, coming back to the UK in winter to work in their bait factory. Qualified, eager, gaining in experience and a great bloke, it is no surprise that, at 31, Tom is now events and marketing manager.
Dan studied video production at university and then went into a normal job, where he kicked his heels a bit. Being obsessed with angling and film, he built up a great portfolio of visual work. He just got out there, studying what he was doing, perfecting it and distributing it until he caught Alan’s eye on social media.
Alan phoned Dan one lunch break, chatted for a while and then said: “Dan, I’ve got five per cent battery life left. Do you want a job or not?” Dan finished his lunch, went back into the office and resigned on the spot. At 29, he is now media manager, and loving every minute.
So, there you have it. The key is to get qualified, get motivated and get out there, showing your talents and drive. Aim to be the best, and love your fishing, of course.