2 June 2021
Famous angler, author and broadcaster John Bailey has become the Wild Carp Trust’s first president.
A leading wild carp advocate
John is a leading advocate of fishing for wild carp, and has been passionate about them for over 50 years. Indeed, the wild carp chapters in his 1991 book Casting for Gold served to inspire many of the Wild Carp Trust’s trustees and supporters, so there’s a sense of ’30th Anniversary’ in his appointment.
Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, John said:
“I’m strutting around, proud as a peacock today as I have just been elected president of the Wild Carp Trust. It’s not that I’m pompous enough to love honours, though perhaps I am, but more the thought that there are enough of us who worship wild carp to form an actual society bearing their name.
“I’ve been in thrall to wild carp since my teens, when I discovered their willowy wiles at Saxthorpe’s Mere Farm, at Bodham Pit and at Saham Toney Mere. In fact, if you were to travel back 50 years, you’d find Norfolk was full of wild carp waters, but what a tragic decimation in their numbers there has been, enough to make you weep for the old days.