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Tench Fishing Private Days in Norfolk

Your Tench Fishing with John Bailey

(private days and courses)

Whatever your aspiration in tench fishing we love to fulfil your fishing dream. Tench and Norfolk have always been synonymous. Back in the 70s, the most famous tench water in the country, The Marsh, was discovered and many similar estate lakes still hold super fish.


Recently, though, the gravel pits have taken pride of place and John’s record of eighteen tench over nine pounds in the last three years is quite extraordinary. Most years now, he and his clients catch literally scores of tench over eight pounds in weight through the months of March, April and May.


The high summer and the autumn see a turn down in numbers but the methods are often more attractive. Now, John turns to margin fishing, stalking fish, looking for bubbling fish, big bags aren’t taken as frequently but the fight of tench close-in on a thirteen foot float rod really is extraordinarily exhilarating.


John has access to eight private pits and lakes where tench fishing is amazing. These are beautiful, serene waters exclusively retained for Angling Travel clients. Here you won’t have to battle for swims or worry about competition from any other anglers.


This is the tench fishing that we all dream of. Big fish. Serene waters. Peaceful, misty dawns. The idyll really can come true. 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.


We 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


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 precious time, energy and hope.

2016 was an extraordinary year for John’s Angling Travel tench fishing guests. Considering the ever-variable conditions throughout April, May and June, the tench just keep coming! In those three months, a total of 418 tench were caught to fifty-two rods on six different lakes. That is an average of approaching eight tench per session, pretty phenomenal when you consider that virtually all the anglers elected to fish with a float and close-in. In fact, John says he cannot remember the last guy who actually wanted to fish feeders and buzzers at range. That’s always an option, of course, but float fishing is so immediate and up close that is how most people want to take their tench.

John says

‘Of course, if you are fishing just the one float rod, it makes preparation for the trip so much easier, too. Any reasonably soft-action rod between twelve and fifteen feet is fine and either a pin or a fixed spool reel with five or six pound line completes the package. A few floats, hooks, shot and bait and you’re there. And as for bait, not much more is needed than sweetcorn and some soft pellets for the hook. Most of the swims tend to be between seven and nine feet deep so you can even set up a waggler before you arrive!’

We arrange a private call for you with John and you get all the pre-trip advice & information you need to prepare. call 01452 813241 or 07866 470238 to book your place or email joy2AT(curly a)angling-travel.com We also recommend bringing your friends or family. There are plenty of swims big enough for 2 or even 3 anglers. Taking convivial breaks to toast the tench is part of the fun!

“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 you say

  • You have John’s undivided attention yet are free to do explore your own outcomes and interests with guidance as wished
  • 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 & 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


’wonderful trip really enjoyed it’’

Simon Ratcliffe, London

How do you arrange your tench fishing?



-it’s easy! Just call 07866 470238, text or  email joy2(curlya)angling-travel.com if you have any questions or to reserve your place.  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?


Choose Spring dates to enjoy spectacular tench fishing in Norfolk 

it’s easy! Just call 07866 470238, text or  email joy2(curlya)angling-travel.com 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.

Rare public course with John Bailey!

- all dates have gone for 2017


Can we arrange accommodation for you?


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.


Other options

Estate Lake Fishing

Pike Fishing

River Fishing

Tench Fishing


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