It’s Nearly Here!

by Paula on October 10, 2014


Series 2 of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree is nearly with us. We’re currently polishing off the final edits and adding those little extras that make our shows really special, and we can’t wait to show it to you. To be the first to hear about when it’s on, don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter, or join our Facebook and Twitter pages. [read more;]


Getting Excited….

by Paula on October 2, 2014

Keep an eye on the website for some exclusive looks at Series 2 of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree over the next week. In the meantime, here’s a little (slightly tongue in cheek) teaser:


Are you missing Crabtree?

Read more; September 29, 2014

If you can’t wait for news of Series 2 (hint – it’s coming very soon!) here’s a reminder of Series 1 of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree – Sam & John fishing at dawn:

My First Fish: Jack Perks

Read more; September 8, 2014

Jack Perks is one of the talented cameramen who have been working on Series 2 of Mr. Crabtree Goes Fishing, which will be broadcast this autumn.   Here he tells us the story of his first fish… This was my first ever fish, a Chub, when I was 14, roughly ten years ago. After three or […]

#TBT – Not a happy bunny…

Read more; August 21, 2014

An interview with Abbey Anderson

Read more; August 20, 2014

Young Abbey Anderson of Team Pallatrax is without a doubt one of the new generation of anglers that we should all be looking out for. In common with the likes of Carl & Alex Smith and Alfie Russel, her focus is on her fishing, rather than any notion of fame and fortune, and we love […]

An interview with Gavin Hewitt

Read more; July 21, 2014

Gavin 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 […]

An interview with Allan Shephard

Read more; July 21, 2014

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 […]

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 […]