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
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
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 youhave any questions or to book your
“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
“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.
BEST THINGS ..LEARNING HOW TO FISH FOR, CATCH AND HANDLE PIKE., SO I NOW FEEL CONFIDENT
TO GO ON MY OWN. STUNNING SWIMS TWELVE GOOD FISH OVER 2 DAYS IN WHAT WERE APPARENTLY
DIFFICULT CONDITIONSA GREAT WAY TO COMPLETELY SWITCH OFF FROM BUSINESS FOR TWO DAYS
AND LEARN ABOUT A FORM OF FISHING I HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE, David Chapple, London
“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 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.
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.