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Pike Fishing Private Days

Your Private Pike Fishing with

John Bailey

Norfolk pike fishing, outside Chew Lake, is probably the best in the country at the present moment. John Bailey is very fortunate in having nearly a dozen private lakes at his disposal.Some feature smaller but plentiful fish where action is all but guaranteed. On some lakes, it is RARE not to catch a twenty pounder. On one of these waters, John has NEVER failed to catch a twenty pounder. Our pike season begins in October and runs through till the end of March. We also have one or two lakes available where massive fish can be caught with extraordinary regularity. It’s vital to realize that you can never guarantee big pike like this. Of course, you can experience blank days. However, it’s air to say that the success rates on these lakes is as high as anywhere else in the country. If you are looking for pike of twenty-five or even thirty plus pounds, then John is in a position to deliver. John’s guided clients kast winter landed some eight pike over thirty pounds to forty-two pounds one ounce. In the last five years, John has banked over fifteen 30’s for his friends and clients. Considering he backed these extraordinary figures up with over thirty big twenties, you can see why Norfolk is the place to be. In recent years before that, the top fish was 37 pounds 4.

All these fish were caught either on lures or on dead baits. To make this pike fishing even more special, consider the fact that the majority of these fish come on lures whilst fishing the bank.  Frequently dead and even live baiting is employed towards the end of the day but the bulk of most sessions are spent on the hoof, exploring water that is next to virgin.Throw in the fact that these lakes are exclusive and beautiful and you have one of the best pike packages in the UK today.

       John has been leading pike adventures in Norfolk now for 15 years and in all that time never once has a group failed to land a twenty. Once, even though the lakes were iced over, a group member took a twenty-one pounder on the point of dusk!

       We really believe that this is some of the most extraordinary pike fishing available in the modern age. Aside from big fish, many of John’s waters have huge stocks of smaller fish, too. This makes them ideal for children and for beginners. Only last year, one guest who had never caught a pike managed twenty-seven in a single morning. Another couple of guests fished for tench in the morning and after lunch decided to have a crack at the pike...between two and five, they took forty-eight fish.

        Whatever your objective in pike fishing, John can satisfy it here in Norfolk on his wonderful waters. You will experience fishing action and excitement, laughter, an adventure to remember forever. Stupendous pike. Waters that are idyllic, private, away from the madding crowds. Take a boat with him 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! Or go with John to a pike lake hidden deep in an old estate. You will fish where fish into double figures proliferate, hope for a twenty and keep your fingers crossed for a thirty, maybe a forty You'll be fishing for pike that have rarely, if ever, been touched. Often up to thirty pounds. Almost like reliving the Broadland experience of the 1960s.

          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! 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 pike dream. Book your fishing now -it’s easy! Call 01452 813241 or 07866 470238 or email joy2AT(curly a) angling-travel.com if you have any questions or to book your dates!

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“writing to tell you how much we enjoyed our time fishing with John last week. The weather wasn't the best, but John contrived to make it very enjoyable. Everything including the accommodation was first class. Thanks again, we will definitely be booking further trips. Richard Masters


“that I had a wonderful day with John The weather, fishing & company were all top class. I had been looking forward to the day & it certainly surpassed my expectations, with fish of a fantastic calibre.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 trip was very successful, although no Tench. conditions were not suited, so John kindly dashed to get some piking kit, and grandson duly landed a PB 11lb Pike.   Accommodation first class &very friendly.  A great day for the grandson.’’  David B.





“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

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

How do you book your pike 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.


What are your best dates?


Choose Autumn and Winter for pike fishing in Norfolk, add some tench, oach and barbel  if you like  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.




Can we arrange accommodation for you?


We have a handpicked selection of excellent hotels conveniently placed for your fishing and also offering you a real feel for the area. All offer excellent food and cosy bars . You can talk with John so that you can plan your fishing together, consider the weather and what is fishing best – and you get all the pre-trip advice and information you need to prepare.

John only has a certain number of days available. The sooner you book the more likely you are to get your preferred date.

Other options


Estate Lake Fishing

Carp Fishing

River Fishing

Tench Fishing




Book Now.
  • 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 and serene private waters and secret river locations you're ever likely to come across
  • Enjoy stalking in crystal-clear water in unspoilt , peaceful countryside
  • You will gain insights, skills and new approaches and have the time of your life as you do so

Just call 07866 470238 or email (joy2AT(urly a) angling-travel.com