John is very fortunate in having a whole gallery of carp waters to which he can take
his guests. These are generally either private or highly exclusive and the fish range
from big doubles to twenties, thirties and even forties – two forties were landed
in the autumn/winter season.
Trad itional techsnique work but it is also possible to stalk for sighted fish and
surface fishing is one of John’s particular specialities.
Whether you are an advanced fisherman, a total beginner, somewhere in between, or
buying a present for a loved one, we will create and look after your carp dream.
Although John co-authored ‘Carp, Quest for the Queen’ back in the 1980s, which became
one of the immediate carp classics, he is no longer a part of the big fish scene
today. However, John still loves carp, still fishes for carp and still catches a
lot of carp. It’s only eighteen months ago that he took a forty-one pounder for example.
If you go fishing for carp with John in Norfolk, you will be fishing private waters
on private estates that are quite magnificent. You will be fishing, always, for unknown
carp, carp that have no names. You will also be fishing shorter, sharp sessions.
No need for bivvies here. You will be float fishing in the margins, or stalking,
putting out natural baits or, very frequently indeed, taking carp off the top. This
is John’s particular forte: he reckons seventy percent of the fish that he catches
for his client come to floating baits.
We’re not always talking about monsters here. A lot of the fish that you will be
catching will be good middle to upper doubles but you will love their pristine beauty.
Though we do catch big fish up here in Norfolk. In the last year gone by, John has
seen his clients land seven fish over thirty including three over forty. That’s not
bad considering we rarely start fishing before nine and we’re generally off the water
in time for a drink by six o’clock.
This really is fun carping in beautiful places with lots of immediate, hands-on tactics.
It’s like carping used to be...only more successful!
So if you want great carp fishing but you still have a life to lead, these trips
could be for you.
You will experience fishing action and excitement, laughter, an adventure to remember
forever. Waters that are idyllic, private, away from the madding crowds. We cannot
guarantee particular catches but John seems to make fishing magic happen with great
John loves innovation and exploration too so just ask for exactly what you want and
we will do our best. Much learning, much fun!
You can enjoy days on your own with John, with one or two or more friends or arrange
small corporate get-togethers to benefit your business.
Why would you fish with John Bailey?
John is a great fishing companion, inspiring, great fun, extremely knowledgeable
and so keen for people to love their days fishing. He knows the rivers and lakes
intimately so you have the very best chance of success John enjoys your success more
than his own!
We arrange a private call for you with John to discuss outcomes and you get all the
pre-trip advice and information you need to prepare. Just call 01452 813241 or 07866
470238 to book your place or email joy2AT(curly a)angling-travel.com
“I enjoyed the beautiful setting and learning a new fishing technique from a real
enthusiast” Paul Chubbuck, Cambridge
“I think John wanted me to catch a barbel more than I did !! Knowledge was brilliant.
A real eye opener” Ian Flanders, London
every thing was spot on. John put me on a beautiful secluded water where there was
every chance of a really huge fish, which is what I asked of him. As I always say
“every dog has his day”, & next time it may be my day!.Andy Sage
“The tremendous fishing on the Wye was near to perfect from my point of view…John
was extraordinarily patient and persevered with me, with the result that I succeeded.
I learnt so much about barbel techniques that I know will enable me to fish more
confidently in the future. I also want to thank you for enabling me to fish such
tremendous swims where the fishing and surroundings were exceptional…I also valued
your emphasis on how to care for fish which is so important for the future...looking
forward to joining you again next year” Terry Scragg, Arundel
“I enjoyed the day enormously, and it also made me focus on various aspects of my
fishing which I am sure will pay off in the future. Second time (for me -- third
for JP) meant that we got going quicker and used JB more effectively. We ended up
staying on one stretch of the River which meant that we maximised the time available
to us. Hotel continues to be just the ticket. The last few weeks of the Season might
be the time to return, so we will see...” Simon Clark, Little Berkhamsted
What our clients say
How do you arrange your fishing?
Justemail uswith a selection of your preferred county, species and dates and the
number in your party to confirm availability and once dates are confirmed then we
need a booking form and 50% or full payment to confirm your place.
We will send you a confirmation, fishing information and directions by email on receipt
of your booking. If this is a present please let us know who it is for and what the
occasion is and we will post a gift card to them if you wish.
You need to book your fishing well ahead to get your preferred dates, as John’s diary
You can fish alone or gather a small group together. Alternatively, you are welcome
to bring a non-fishing partner –these locations offer plenty to do beyond the fishing.
What are the best dates?
Make sure you arrange your preferred dates well ahead with usso you get what you
Can we arrange accommodation for you?
You can arrange your accommodation, and dinner with John so that you can plan your
fishing together, look at maps, enjoy a bottle of wine, consider the weather and
what is fishing best – and you get all the pre-trip advice and information you need
to prepare and pre trip calls with John. We have a handpicked selection of excellent
hotels conveniently placed for the fishing and also offering you a real feel for
the area. All offer excellent food and cosy bars. The sooner you book the more likely
you are to get your preferred date.
it’s easy! Call 01452 813241 or 07866 470238 if youhave any questions or to reserve
You have John’s undivided attention and are free to do as you choose
Your own outcomes and interests totally focused on
You will have access to totally private lakes and stretches of river
You will enjoy absorbing, unexpected fishing on some of the most stunningly beautiful
waters you're ever likely to come across
You will gain insights, skills and new approaches and have the time of your life
as you do so
Unbelievable, John, thanks for a superb experience. It was one of the best days of
my life - a sublime setting and my heart was in my mouth with the fishing all day
- I learned so much too. I'm coming back with a couple of friends next year