Guided days with John Horsey
Eleven days of guided pike fishing with resident professional guide John Horsey will continue to be offered in 2024. John has been guiding on Chew Valley Lake for the past 30 years and has been involved with the pike trials since they began.
His knowledge of the lake and his incredible record speaks for itself – he boasts many captures of pike to over 30lbs using both lures and dead baits. He was also present when a magnificent fly caught fish of 40lb 8oz graced his net while guiding Enrico Pini. Not content with this, in 2022 he guided Barry Hawyes to a fly caught 43lb pike. Most anglers are unlikely to see a 40lb fish in the flesh in their lifetimes, let alone catch one! John has now guided two clients to 40lb-plus fly caught pike; an incredible and remarkable achievement.
We are offering John’s services as an extension to the days already offered in 2024. All bookings are to be paid directly to Bristol Water Fisheries and notification of attendees must be given within 24 hours of the booking date.
John Horsey says: “These days are primarily aimed at pike anglers who have not fished at Chew in the past, or those who wish to know more about fishing for pike on this very special venue"
These guided pike days are for either one or two anglers per session and all tackle can be provided, if necessary. Anglers must adhere to the Bristol Water Fisheries pike fishing rules and regulations as described on our website.
This offering is priced at £625 and payment must be made on application. To book a day or for more information, please ring Woodford Lodge on 01275 332339.
Available dates for 2024:
- Dates to be announced shortly
Our team of trained staff will do their best to get boats ready for 9am on the morning of your booked day, but occasionally boats will be delayed in getting out on the water especially during periods of poor weather. Please be aware that there are strict finishing times and that any boats late in may incur a ban. Fishing times vary depending on sunset, sunrise and weather conditions. All boat anglers are expected to take note of the return time displayed in the lodge. If uncertain, please ask a member of staff.
It's important customers take note of permitted arrival, fishing and departure times when visiting the fishery. To aid customers with their 2024 bookings, we have created the chart below detailing some key times relevant to 2024 bank pike fishing permits. It's important to recognise that anglers found on Bristol Water property outside of these times will be considered as trespassing and will be in breach of Bristol Water rules and regulations. Early morning and late evening sample checks are conducted during the season by staff and we remind customers that there is no staking of swims. Please ensure you comply with all requests of the fishery when visiting.
Please note: There will be a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance to access and fishing times in 2024.
Bank Fishing 2024 Access and Fishing Times
1st February - 7th February
13th February - 19th February
10th October - 14th October
17th October - 19th October
24th October - 26th October
27th October - 1st November
4th November - 9th November
13th November - 16th November
20th November - 24th November