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Winter Fishing Idyll - an extravaganza of Norfolk’s secret delights on John’s happy hunting ground!

Winter Predator Fishing in Norfolk with John Bailey

Take John's guidance and enthusiasm as much or as little as you need it and enjoy the companionship of likeminded anglers in a lovely, unspoiled setting.


Relish massive pike, huge tench, big chub to six pounds and winter roach of between 3¼ and 3½ pounds on the legendary River Wensum. You might even take a boat up an almost unknown pike river just a mile from the sea. It's a lost, lonely land, a haven for ornithologists and pike men too! You can expect fish into double figures, hope for a twenty and keep your fingers crossed for a thirty. You'll be fishing for pike that have rarely, if ever, been touched. Almost like reliving the Broadland experience of the 1960s.


Or fish one of John’s hidden pike lakes, deep in ancient Norfolk estates, a lost, lonely land, where thirties and fish of forty pounds, are on the cards and upper doubles and twenties proliferate, a haven for ornithologists and pike men too! Fish for pike that have rarely, if ever, been touched. You might drift further south and take a boat out up the River Wensum for big roach. You might happen upon one of the mill pools John has access to and land a very big wandering barbel.


Roach, stunning huge perch, chub, carp, pike and, sometimes, even the occasional huge barbel can make Norfolk your winter wonderland!


John says


“What I like to think is one of the great strengths of the Norfolk fishing is its adaptability. Because I live right on the waters, I can look at weather forecasts, look at conditions and decide forty-eight or seventy-two hours before the trip where the best chances of success will be. If we look at early December, the probable options will be estate lake carp, rudd and tench fishing, larger water tench, new season piking, river chub and barbel, river roach or some fabulous stillwater perch fishing.


Of course, the decision is made after consultation with you - our client. What you want to achieve is fully taken into account and we decide on an itinerary well in advance of your arrival. This means you know exactly what gear and which baits to bring. If there is any problem with tackle, then I have got a barn absolutely bursting with the stuff so it’s never a problem.


The major objectives are to fish beautiful, generally private waters, to learn new techniques, to catch gob-smackingly gorgeous fish and to enjoy the company. Personal bests are very frequent but I like to think that clients go home with far more profound memories than simply pounds and ounces.”



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

“Everything about the trip far exceeded my expectations... Everyone got along so well and seemed to enjoy it immensely—I am sure that you will see several of them again, myself included. My one comment to improve the trip would perhaps be to include the option of an extra day, as the time went far too quickly!” Nigel Chapman, Rowlands Castle

“He inspires trust, especially on a one-to-one level. I appreciated his considered opinions of the prevailing situations and he was not given to snap judgements” Andrew Mills, Harpenden


“We had a brilliant time” Jems Harris, London


“quite sublime fishing” Rob Legge, Woking

‘A thought as Father's day or a birthday- approaches...14 year old Jack was given this birthday present by his dad-here is what he said afterwards 'Fishing alongside John for the day after watching his Crabtree series over & over again was awesome. I caught my first carp & learnt some very useful tips which will improve my angling over the coming years.
I experienced the
best fishing day with John. it was a big surprise but it was fantastic & I hope that I do this again sometime in the future.
John was extremely helpful and was full of tips & tactics. He was really fun to be around. A shock landing my first carp as it was a lot bigger than what I thought I would ever be able to land.
the most valuable fishing experience ...you get to learn so much via John'. 
At Angling Travel, creating days like this is our deep pleasure!

What our clients say

A great treat to spend time with a masterful angler with such a relaxed approach to the fishing Ian Miller, Guildford

North Norfolk  is one of the great experiences for you if you are an all-round angler who appreciates beauty, serenity and the most virgin of fish 


What will happen on your two day adventure?


The fishing itinerary will be determined by how the fishing is at that time, and John will take into account your own & others’ personal outcomes as discussed before the course. A minimum of 3 anglers is needed. Contact us about private fishing in winter with John Bailey on dates to suit your  friends, family or group

How do you book your place?

Just email us to confirm availability and then we need a booking form and 50% or full payment to confirm your place.


Price  Early booking closes 8 weeks before*, £359 This creates a saving for you of £40 on the full price.

After that £399 Single supplement N/A


Price includes all fishing, fishing access, tuition from John Bailey






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Private Fishing Days with John Bailey are also available

More Info.
  • Probably one of the top two best pike fishing places in the country
  • Winter 2011 top pike 37 pounds 4 oz
  • Exclusive and beautiful lakes
  • You can stalk sighted carp
  • Two forty plus carp landed in 2010-2011 season and plenty of thirties and twenties too
  • Expert guidance from your guide John Bailey who knows Norfolk fishing intimately
  • John will inspire, amuse and challenge you on a course you will never forget

Just call 07866 470238 or email (joy2(at/curly a) angling-travel then add .com)