closedseasonWith 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 new one.

I myself have witnessed fish in spawn as late as July, a great sight to see but certainly not a time to drop a bait in the water. [read more;]

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The Ebooks have landed!

by Mr Crabtree on March 11, 2014

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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 pleased with the results that we’ve decided to keep this one going, adding to the series as and when we get enough contributions. So, if you meant to contribute the first time and forgot, or if you’re seeing this for the first time and would love to be a part of it, just CLICK HERE and you could be in the next in the series!

Tight Lines!

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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….    

My Perch Diary – Week One – Jimmy Sallis

Read more; February 2, 2014

After managing to talk my mate Tom (he normally just comes to get out)  into buying  a day licence and coming fishing with me for the day we decided to pick a new Perch venue. On talking to a couple of my match fishing friends we came to a decision on a commercial fishery just […]

I Love Fishing – February’s Crabtree Challenge

Read more; January 31, 2014

If you’ve been kicking around with us for a while you might remember that it’s around this time of year that we start talking about ‘Venables Day’. Also know as Valentines Day (to some), it’s the birthday of the great man; hailed by many as the godfather of modern angling – Mr. Bernard Venables.

Advice or Secrets? by John Bailey

Read more; January 30, 2014

I absolutely love getting questions via this website, the Angler’s Mail, the Eastern Daily Press or from anywhere else where that I’m associated with. When this is all about genuine tips and advice, I’ll do everything in my power to help just as much as I conceivably can. Therefore, if I’m asked about best methods, […]

Those Missed Bites We All Suffer – John Bailey

Read more; January 23, 2014
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I do a heck of a lot of guiding and when it comes down to it, the biggest problem a lot of my guys experience is the vexed question of missed bites. This is particularly so in the winter months when fishing rivers on the quivertip for roach, chub, perch and possibly even barbel. I’ve […]

Day 17 – Picture the Scene

Read more; January 17, 2014

Flood water fishing

Read more; January 16, 2014

With what seemed like all the rivers in the country being in flood I had made up my mind to stay safe for a while and fish some still waters until they started to subside. During floods and flood warning periods I ALWAYS recommend that if you are in any doubt about the water levels […]

Day 16 – Picture the Scene

Read more; January 16, 2014

Day 15 – Picture the Scene

Read more; January 15, 2014

All things come to he who waits…

Read more; January 14, 2014

I’m a great believer in this. If you do the right things, in the right places, the right number of times then a fish of your dreams will eventually come to the net. The key is not to be disheartened, not to give up. You’ve got to fish with a hope in your heart and […]

Marsh Farm News

Read more; January 4, 2014

We’re delighted to hear from any fishing clubs who actively encourage and promote their junior members. If you’d like to tell us about your club, get in touch now. Marsh Farm is a Godalming Angling Society water and we’re proud to have a relationship with a club that’s renowned as a model of best practice. […]

Day 4 – Picture the Scene

Read more; January 4, 2014

My year in review – Jimmy Sallis

Read more; January 3, 2014

Another year has flown by, and it was probably the best year for fishing of my angling lifetime. Looking back through all my photos I really have been lucky with some of the fish that have slipped over my net. Nothing massive or record breaking, but fish I have hunted down and outwitted in the […]

Making the most of every moment – by John Bailey

Read more; January 3, 2014

Not that long before Christmas, I was out with my good friend Anthony on a blissful, if chilly, winter’s morning. As the sun rose, it pulled the mist off the river until the whole valley was swathed in the golden magic. I find my river beautiful always but I have to admit, at this moment […]