Dear John

Bailey’s Basics: Don’t Be Afraid of Weed

Read more; May 27, 2013

Weed now is growing fast. It can be frightening when you get to a lake and see nothing but the stuff, but don’t panic. Remember that weed is vital for the welfare of the fish. It harbours insects, gives cover and shade and where there is weed, you will find fish. Look carefully for holes […]

Dear John – Why do some lakes ban braid?

Read more; May 14, 2013

Good question, and here’s my explanation for why:

Bailey’s Basics – Bait Bucket Magic

Read more; May 7, 2013

I’m a great one for the sloppiest, smelliest bait buckets that you can imagine. I think if it comes to crucian carp, tench, rudd and even mirror and common carp, scent, colour and variety can really pay dividends.

Bailey’s Basics: Balanced Baits for Tench

Read more; April 25, 2013

This is the first in a new series of ‘How to’ posts, written by John Bailey about a variety of angling topics, which we hope you will find useful.  If you try them out and have success, we’d love to hear all about it on our Facebook page! You can have a swim in front of […]

Dear John – Turn off that ratchet!!

Read more; February 18, 2013

(aka….the clickety clack centrepin) In lots of the episodes so far in the series we’ve seen John and our ‘Peters’ fishing with a centrepin reel. For most of these children it’s been the first time they’ve ever used this kind of reel and, without exception, they’ve loved it and added it to their tackle wish-list. […]

Dear John, why did you take the rod from Sam in Episode 1?

Read more; February 16, 2013

In episode one – Tench – there’s an early morning sequence where Sam and John visit a channel between two lakes to fish for tench. It’s a beautiful swim, full of lily pads and spooky tench and John has high hopes that it might deliver a decent fish for Sam. Sam strikes into a fish, […]