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Carp Fishing Private Days

Your Private Carp Fishing with John Bailey

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 regularity.


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

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“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?


Just email us with 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 fills fast.

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 us so you get what you want


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 you have any questions or to reserve your dates

Other options


Estate Lake Fishing

Pike Fishing

River Fishing

Tench Fishing


  • You can choose your own dates
  • 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

David Bowles, Shepherd's Bush

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