imageGavin Hewitt is, amongst other things, a Man U fan, member of  Team Pallatrax and a father of three – and he still manages to get out on the bank. We caught up with him and managed to grab a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say…

How often do you fish and what do you fish for?

I like to get out as much as possible but with a full time career, three children and a girlfriend to take care of, my time on the bank is limited to every other weekend, if I’m lucky, and a few midweek overnighters. [read more;]

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Our thanks go to Allan Shepherd of Sportfish for taking the time to be interviewed – here’s what he had to say…

Q: How often do you fish and what do you fish for?
I try and fish once a week and mix it up to keep things interesting. For instance, the week before last I was trotting with my favourite centre pin on the Wye for barbel and chub. Last week I was 30 miles off the Welsh coast fly fishing for blue and porbeagle sharks. I have always been an all-rounder but have had the odd obsession over the years – pike and salmon are two good examples. I strongly urge newcomers to the sport not to limit themselves to just one type of fishing – get out there and experience the lot!
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The Fine Art of Fishing

Read more; July 20, 2014

Anyone who’s seen Rob Olsen’s illustrations in our book ‘Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree’ will already have a good idea of just how great an artist he is, and now he’s launched a range of T-Shirts that stand head and shoulders above anything we’ve ever seen in fishing apparel. Click here to download […]

Throwback Thursday – The Search for Peter & Friends!

Read more; July 16, 2014

If you’re a follower of Crabtree on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you’ll know we’re fans of #ThrowbackThursday – it’s an ongoing internet meme whereby folk post vintage (and often not so vintage) ‘throw-back’ photos to days gone by. We’ve been rifling through the Mirrorpix archive and we’ve found some crackers lately, and today’s is no […]

An interview with Alan Blair

Read more; July 16, 2014

Nash’s supremely talented Alan Blair was a guest presenter in Series One of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree, and we were delighted to welcome him back to filming recently to be part of Series 2 (due to be broadcast later in the year). Although best know for his carping abilities, Alan is a […]

Throwback Thursday – Jackie Charlton

Read more; July 10, 2014

Jack Charlton, member of the England World Cup winning team of 1966, pictured with his wife Pat at a fishing match in 1990.                                           (Image credit – Mirrorpix)  

Plan B

Read more; July 10, 2014

So the river season is well and truly in full swing, and wonderful specimen fish are being banked all over the country by young and old anglers alike. It was great to see the build up to the magical June the 16th across all social media and amongst friends, and it’s a true sign that […]

An interview with Mike O’Neill

Read more; July 7, 2014

Here’s another one of our popular interviews that gives an insight into the hearts and minds of some of the key figures behind the UK fishing industry. Meet Mike O’Neill, owner of Pallatrax and Lone Angler, an out and out ‘Crabtree Kid’, and a proud grandad who’s mentoring his own next generation Crabtree kid…

An interview with Trefor West

Read more; July 2, 2014

Big thanks to Lone Angler’s Trefor West for taking time out to speak to us recently – here’s what he had to say on all things angling… Q: Most anglers would love to be able to call themselves ‘professional’. How did you manage it? The guiding system came into fishing and everybody was saying to […]

An Interview with Chris Hornsby of Enterprise Tackle

Read more; June 26, 2014

 We’re very fortunate at Crabtree to be partnering with some fantastic brands. What singles all of them out is the people at the core of the business. Chris Hornsby of Enterprise Tackle is one such example. If you only know Enterprise for their game-changing PopUp Corn, you might want to take a look at their […]

#TBT – Bernard Venables writing at his desk

Read more; June 26, 2014

Crabtree finds a true Champion in Gransnet

Read more; June 9, 2014

Win a Father’s Day prize bundle with Gransnet! Click here to enter and win a Mr. Crabtree book, DVD and Bobble hat package worth £60! We’re delighted to announce a collaboration with new Crabtree Ambassador Gransnet, the social networking site for the UK’s 14 million grandparents, and sister site to Mumsnet. Paula Battle, Crabtree Communications […]

Fishing the Crabtree Way

Read more; June 5, 2014

Charlie Pomeroy, the youngest member of the Pallatrax Clan, went fishing recently with his Beaver pack at a local farmer’s pond. They fished using just bean canes with line and hooks attached, simple yet effective!  Just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune on gear.  They all caught, they all had […]

Canals Are Cracking Fun!

Read more; June 5, 2014

During the whole of the river closed season I am constantly looking to get my fishing fix. I love floater fishing for carp, spending an afternoon by a lake in the summer after work is hard to beat. It’s also a perfect time to get all of my fishing tackle in some kind of order. […]

Float fishing for Carp

Read more; May 23, 2014

Floater fishing and stalking Carp on a hot summers day is, in my opinion, the best way to catch them. Spotting them is the first step. Watercraft is the most valuable skill an angler can posses, and part of that is understanding fish behaviour. As any angler knows, the first thing to do is find […]

Crabtree Catch: Jack Potter

Read more; May 23, 2014

Eight year old Jack and his Dad, Andy caught this beauty on a recent trip.  Andy hooked it off the top on biscuit and then handed the rod over to Jack, who landed it on a 13ft float rod and centre pin, while Dad held the net! A beautiful fish!

Launching The Crabtree Crusade!

Read more; May 16, 2014

Pick up the Angler’s Mail this weekend for a three-page exclusive on The Crabtree Crusade and news on Series 2. We’re loving this Kitchener-esque cover designed by Rob Olsen, artist and co-author of ‘Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree.’

Riverwatch – Week 2

Read more; May 12, 2014

The one thing I don’t like this time of the year, the same as everyone else, is the rain. Not for the same reasons as most people though – I don’t like it because it causes the rivers to colour up and I can no longer have a watchful eye on the fish in my […]

My First Fish – James Graham

Read more; May 5, 2014

I am 15 and my friend took me for a day’s fishing for some quality roach and bream and the odd tench or two. I really enjoyed watching the bubbles of the fish feeder on our worms and maggots, and my friend said to me get some tackle and start fishing. I said: “I don’t […]

May the fish be with you…..

Read more; May 5, 2014

We’re fans of the ‘May the fourth be with you…’ puns here at Crabtree but we thought that May the Fifth was a little more relevant…

Early Spring River Watch

Read more; April 29, 2014

In short I’m going to echo what John Bailey wrote in his blog post last week on ‘The Springtime River.’ Whenever you have any spare time get down to your local river and see what’s happening. I’m not fortunate enough to have much trout water on my doorstep and, with work commitments, traveling for short […]

The Springtime River

Read more; April 24, 2014

Just because we’ve got to put our bait rods away until June 16th, that doesn’t mean to say that we can’t spend some time along our riverbanks.

Fishing and Foraging

Read more; April 22, 2014

This guest post has been kindly written for us by Peter Conde – a keen fisherman and knowledgable forager! Find him here on Twitter. I usually have a couple of Tesco bags (other brands are available!) folded in my tackle bag so I can pick anything worthwhile on fishing trips.  However timing is important here,  if you […]

Do we really need a closed season?

Read more; March 19, 2014

With no closed season on still waters and canals then why should it still apply to the rivers? Most angles will argue that, due to unpredictable and uncharacteristic seasons, fish like Barbel and Chub will often begin spawning early or even late, which will fall into the end of a season or the beginning of […]

The Ebooks have landed!

Read more; March 11, 2014

  A hearty pat on the back to all the contributors to our February #CrabtreeChallenge! We’ve taken your 50 word explanations of why you love fishing (on average – some were far shorter and some much longer!) and we’ve created a series of four ebooks. They’re all available here to download for free. We’re so […]

Three Things

Read more; March 1, 2014

This month we want to pick your brains. As you know, we’re ramping up to start filming Series Two of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree and the production team is currently getting busy shortlisting the applicants from the young anglers who want to appear in the Series, writing scripts and building the narrative. […]

A Perfect Day

Read more; March 1, 2014

On Saturday I was out with dad Russell and 9 year old Leo after pike. It was just perfect. We caught fish, son and dad had a fine time in each other’s company and a lot was learned to take them on in the future. But why don’t I let Leo take up the story? Here is his account […]

Love Your Pike

Read more; March 1, 2014

Down at Kingfisher Lakes the other day, where we filmed quite a bit of Series One, I saw some holidaymakers gathered around a very quickly dying pike. The pike had taken a spinner quite deep and the anglers, who weren’t experienced, had really struggled to remove the hooks. They were upset by this bankside tragedy […]

You only need an hour or two…

Read more; February 12, 2014

I’m fortunate enough to live only a 5 minute drive from some of my favourite club river waters and only 15 minutes to some cracking still waters. However 5 minutes or 15 minutes, we all have to work, some of us more than others granted, but this seems to get in the way of all […]

Jimmy’s Perch Quest – Week 2

Read more; February 3, 2014

Tom and I returned to the same lake and same swim hoping for some more Perch….