hi bates88, are u in a club? if not u should look at joining a local one, then find out where they have their matches, fish the waters get to know the local anglers - theryll nearly always be someone getting some form of practice in - youll gain good info this way gain some confidence once ur a familiar face im sure youll get plenty of help/ advice! then pick a date / venue for ya 1st match - turn up then - PANIC - thats what i did - love it!! where bouts in N.E are u based?