Coarse Talent Pathway

The Coarse Talent Pathway programme sponsored by Tackle Guru and is designed to put anglers in a competitive situation with the focus on performance and rather than solely results. Pole and Waggler tactics will be used during the session with anglers asked to use natural baits, local fishery rules will apply. The screening will give coaches an opportunity to observe and communicate with the anglers on a 1-1 basis. Coaches will assess anglers based on their combined performance and results.

Young anglers aged 12 – 17 are invited to enter the England Talent Pathway programme in February/March/April 2021. The pathway consists of three regional programmes, North, Midlands and South. The coaches delivering the programme have International experience. The programme culminates in an inter-regional final where all three regions come together to compete in a team fishing match with prizes to be won from sponsor Tackle Guru.

The Talent Pathway programme aims to coach anglers into selection for the Under 15s Coarse England team, and this selection is made by coaches and team managers at the inter-regional final.

To participate in the England Talent Pathway programme, you must be aged 12 or over on 31.07.2021 and 17 or under on 31.12.2021. N.B. this date range may alter for 2021.

For more up to date information please visit the Talent Pathway Facebook page.


Dates & Venues 2021

TBC – please check back at a later date.


Talent Pathway Final – Barston Lakes, Saturday 20th April 2019

Saturday saw the Guru England Under 15’s Trial Assessment and the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final take place at Barston Lakes, Solihull. Amazingly, 19 of these were actually under 15 years of age and took part in the England trial. In total there were 38 young anglers from the North, Midlands and South battling it out for the Talent Pathway Inter Regional honours.

The England Under 15 Assessment was very tight, with some amazingly talented anglers taking part where Team Manager Joe Roberts and team coach Matt Godfrey selected five anglers. Here’s the official team announcement of the anglers that will be representing The Tackle Guru England Under 15’s Team in this year’s World Championship at Lake Vicario in Spain later this year:

Matthew Mollart, Sheffield

Billy Kirk, Sussex

Harry Keys, Buckinghamshire

Austin Jennings, Bracknel

Charlie Sibley, Winchester

Well done to all of the above and to all of the other anglers who took part in the England Under 15 trial. Guru will be covering this year’s Under 15’s World Championships out in Spain, and hopefully we’ll see the Guru Under 15’s Team bring back gold for England!

Here’s the results of the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final:


1st – Team Midlands – 177lb

2nd – Team North – 175lb 6oz

3rd – Team South – 171lb 14oz


1st – Josh Derry – 42lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Rod Hold-all)

2nd – Fin Moore – 41lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Pole Hold-all)

3rd – Josh Paling – 38lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Bait Pro)

Massive congratulations to Team Midlands on the win and to the top three individuals. As you can see the weights have been mega tight with some impressive weights in just four hours fishing.