Enjoy an extravaganza of Norfolk’s secret delights on John’s happy hunting ground!
Norfolk Estate Lake Fishing
Our summer courses in beautiful North Norfolk are very popular, rightly so.
John has fished Norfolk since childhood. He has access to some of the most wonderful
stretches of river, and the most beautiful lakes in the county, mostly privately
owned. Recent catches include tench to double figures, carp to forty pounds, pike
of over 30, big perch, sea bass in summer, nice trout fishing.
Norfolk estates are the essence of English countryside - and each is a quiet haven
of hidden lakes and wide grasslands with carefully placed 400 year-old oak trees.
All within easy reach of London. You will marvel at awesomely beautiful Estate Lakes
- private, beautiful, filled with wild carp, tench and rudd. Big, big fish - certainly
over forty pounds. Almost under your rod tip. You hardly dare breathe! This is a
stunningly beautiful, crystal-clear estate lake where you will see shoals of tench
way above seven pounds in weight gliding at your very feet and extraordinary Pike
fishing in winter. Tench were John Bailey's favourite fish for years; he was brought
up on them as a lad here in Norfolk, cycling from one estate lake to another. That
doesn't always mean it's easy: these fish have hardly ever been tackled before and
we might have to use natural baits like lobworm or maggot until they get used to
recognising corn, say, as food. If you dream to fish for unmarked tench in a beautiful
place with traditional methods, this would be the course for you.
North Norfolk in the summer is one of the great experiences for the all-round angler
who appreciates beauty, serenity and the most virgin of fish.
You can enjoy fabulous, private stretches of the River Wensum, almost as they were
thirty years ago in the river’s heyday, with big stocks of chub to six pounds, some
massive roach still and occasional giant pike. You can float fish, maybe take your
chance with very big - to more than fifteen pounds- wandering barbel.
Idyllic lakes with comparatively easy to catch carp up to the low twenties. Big perch
here, too! Or even some trout fishing next door - pristine rainbows or wild river
browns. Not to mention the possibility of massive summer pike on surface popping
lures. If time, tide and weather are all favourable then you might walk the lonely,
north coastline with a light rod, spinner and a pair of binoculars, searching the
prolific shoals of bass. An eight or nine pounder is spectacular - but at four and
five pounds average they fight like little tigers on light gear. And if the weather
suits, they're catchable on a fly rod.
What can Angling Travel offer you here?
The key factor is John's experience: he's fished all these waters for nigh on half
a century and he knows exactly where to go on the day according to the conditions.
Sometimes he'll suggest a lake in the morning for tench and then you'll ten miles
through beautiful Norfolk countryside to a rudd paradise. Or perhaps you will catch
the evening tide for a final crack at the bass. Or perhaps if it's the coast you
fancy, taking a boat out for bass, mullet and sea trout all day.
We have access to many secret fishing locations the public can never hope to fish
We can offer you characterful hotels, and excellent food, for cosy laughter-filled
evenings. These are expeditions that ask for your flexibility: you might have your
bait next to a thirty-five pound mirror carp in a crystal clear lake one second or
a four pound mullet the next. Perhaps you’ll do some float fishing, perhaps some
Czech nymphing for a shoal of enormous dace.
“the fishing was great…the largely unspoilt stretches we explored were truly magnificent…excellent
accommodation” Peter Garrett, Tollesbury
“A fantastic weekend” Alex Whitelaw, Aston
Thank you for the pleasure of your company on…that magical estate…many thanks for
a great adventure and I hope I'll see you again.” John Gilman, High Peak
‘the journey, or quest as you called it was a great one as this is where I learned
some very important river craft from great company. As I said to my daughter it not
about catching the fish but the journey that you take while trying to achieve that
goal & although on this occasion I was unsuccessful in catching a large Roach I still
caught a number of other smaller fish,Roach,Chub & Dace which are all PB for me on
a river. On this special quest I could not have had a better guide you are a true
gentlemen & I could have spent hours just taking to you about fishing, the environment
& a world ofother subjects, the only negative thing I can say about my days fishing
with you is that it went too quickly. I hope I get a chance to come back. I will
bring my daughter on a new quest. Thanks again for a great day, one I will always
“Pretty fantastic …….i loved the accommodation and thought the place we fished was
magical. Narnia... I loved the company and hope I wasn’t too much of a novice’ Kate
“Thank you to you & John for a great weekend ! Keep me posted on any other trips
you are running” Andy Sale, Kingswood
What our clients say
Enjoy dream fishing in an English summer
Where will you stay?
You’ll stay in any one of the enchanting, characterful hotels or inns in the Norfolk
countryside near the river or on the coast right by the sea. Enjoy dinner with your
fellow anglers & hearty breakfasts.
What will you do?
A plan is made with John. Your own input and agenda is vital and in addition John
will suggest places that he knows are very much on the boil.
We make sure that the fishing itinerary will be determined by your interests and
how the fishing is at that time, to include the stunning estate lakes fishing and
possibly some river fishing too, so that you can best enjoy Norfolk’s extraordinary
summer fishing riches.
How do you book your place?
Best Early booking price deadline April 2018for summer coursesso do let us know
asap if you wish to join us. Dates published autumn 2017. This creates a saving for
you of £40 on the full price.
Price includes accommodation, all fishing, fishing access, tuition from John Bailey
Maximum 6 participants. This will book fast.
For estate lake fishing, & river fishing in summer & Pike fishing in winter with
John Baileyon dates to suit your group- just contact us by email or call 07866
470238 to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Private Fishing Days with John Bailey are also available
Enjoy Norfolk’s unspoilt peace
Stalk extraordinary fish in crystal-clear water
Relax in Coastal or Country accommodation in a cosy inn
Fish serene private lakes you can fish only through us
Fish secret and private river locations you can only fish through us
‘I loved John’s ability to convey an enormous amount of knowledge in such a light,
easy way. We all had a memorable and very special time.
Norfolk is far more exciting than I realised and we will be back to visit those timeless,
idyllic places again with John next year.’
Tom Watkins, Islington
Just call 07866 470238 or email (joy2(at/curly a) angling-travel then add .com)