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 […]

Day 3 – Picture the Scene

Read more; January 3, 2014

January’s Crabtree Challenge – Picture the Scene…

Read more; January 1, 2014

Happy New Year Crabtree kids! Here’s to 2014 being a bumper year in every way! Okay. It’s January. It’s cold. You’re still thinking about fishing but you’re not at your most inspired. Well, this month’s challenge is all about inspiration! We want you to inspire yourself and everyone around you to get out and hit […]

The Power of Three – my first attempt….

Read more; December 19, 2013

After my week long prep for this month’s Crabtree challenge it was time to pack up the motor and head to the lake. My target species for the day was Perch. The plan was to fish light one peg along from my perch rods and hopefully catch some nice silver fish and complete the challenge.

Planning for the December #CrabtreeChallenge

Read more; December 13, 2013

With a couple of days to go until my first attempt at the December Challenge I’ve had to put some thought into how I was going to approach it. I only ever normally fish the rivers when the season is open. It’s the type of fishing I love most but with a perch hunting session […]

The Sweetcorn Kid to the Power of Three…

Read more; December 10, 2013

Many thanks to Stu, aka The Sweetcorn Kid for sending us this post. He’s just completed the December Crabtree Challenge – Congratulations Stu! Have you taken up the challenge yet? Click on the image to the left to find out more… _____________

Tom’s Book by Rob Olsen – Now Available in soft-back

Read more; December 7, 2013

Anyone who already knows him, or owns the book ‘Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree’ will know what a talent Rob Olsen is. Rob created the comic strips throughout the book as well as the beautiful illustrations that punctuate John Bailey’s writing. What you might not know is what a talented author Rob is […]

A welcome set of teeth

Read more; December 5, 2013

As I write this I am currently sat on the bank under the stars fishing for Perch. It’s that time of year where the temperature has finally dropped and those of us that choose to have cracked open the lure box and readied all of our predator fish gear. The cold weather seems to be […]

December Challenge – The Power of Three

Read more; December 4, 2013

Okay, it’s December and you might argue it’s getting harder to pull anything out of the water but, knowing how you like a challenge, we’ve decided to go with this one. One Venue One Session Three Species

Get the new eBook for Free!

Read more; November 28, 2013

Save yourself 100% of the cover price and download the ebook COMPLETELY FREE all weekend with this very special offer! The free download should commence at 8am on Saturday morning (GMT). If you’re working on Pacific Standard Time it starts at midnight. Don’t ask us to do any more time-zone conversions than that – our […]

Fish for a Fiver – Taking up the challenge

Read more; November 28, 2013

Following the great success of fish for a fiver, Mr Crabtree set my second challenge and it was to do exactly that – fish for a fiver. The rules are simple. I can use all my current tackle, but everything else, including travel to the water, had to be done for a fiver or less!

Mr. Crabtree Goes Kindle!

Read more; November 23, 2013

One of our very first thoughts when we set out on our Crabtree Crusade was to make Mr. Crabtree accessible to a new generation. Over the years we’ve had countless people contact us and tell us they’ve dug out their original copies of the book and spent many a happy hour reminiscing over the tales […]

Probably the best bobble hat in the world….

Read more; November 22, 2013

Winter Chub – Now’s the time to get out there!

Read more; November 20, 2013

With winter fast approaching many anglers will choose to hang up their rods and sit it out until the sun starts to shine with some kind of warmth again. This can be a big mistake. Winter fishing can, and has for me offered some of the best sport of the year. Clothing is not like […]

Peter and Noah ace the Fish for a Fiver Crabtree Challenge

Read more; November 18, 2013

Ed’s note: We’ve been getting to know Peter via Twitter  – he’s @troutmayfly – and we were delighted when he lined up to accept the Crabtree Challenge to Fish for a Fiver.  Here’s his story of how he and his grandson Noah aced it… Fish for a Fiver? How about Fish for Nothing?!

They don’t have to be big to be beautiful…

Read more; November 12, 2013

Autumn fishing for Perch and predator fish can be superb. I’ve been fishing my local river hard over the last couple of weeks and with the levels rising, then dropping, then rising again it’s been tough going. I’ve had plenty of Chub and equally as many Barbel – so I’m not complaining – but  I […]

A whiskery PB for Jimmy

Read more; November 5, 2013

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbJilJMgic&feature=youtu.be So after two fruitless days on the River Wye (and another day drying myself off!), I needed to go and fulfill my fish cravings. With only my rod, bag, net, rod rests, and of course a tin of meat to my name I headed to the River Arrow. I decided to fish a peg […]

Are you a Mo Bro?

Read more; November 2, 2013

Are you in?   Visit Movember for more info on this worthy cause…

November’s Crabtree Challenge

Read more; October 31, 2013

Everywhere we look these days people are talking about ‘austerity measures’. We’re having to tighten our belts and watch what we spend every day, and this has a natural impact on our leisure time. So here’s a recession-busting challenge to kick us off. Go for a session in November and spend no more than five […]

The Crabtree Challenge – Jimmy’s River Carp

Read more; October 29, 2013

So Mr. Crabtree decided it would be a good idea to set me a 7 day challenge and, after some discussion, it was decided that I was going to try and catch my first River Carp from my local river – The Arrow. With a wet and windy week forecast I had to pick my […]

Jimmy’s Challenge

Read more; October 21, 2013

Many of you will have followed John Bailey’s recent #BarbelChallenge when an Angler’s Mail reader challenged John to catch a Wensum Barbel in a week-long-challenge. John’s written about the results in the Mail and he’ll be adding to that here on the website very soon. We loved the idea, and threw down the gauntlet to […]

Fishing safely

Read more; October 16, 2013

Ed’s note: This is the last in a series of posts introducing our resident river rover,  Jimmy Sallis. As of next week we’re going to be setting him some fishing challenges – catch up with next week’s post to see how we’re kicking off. Predominantly a river angler, Jimmy does occasionally dip into stillwaters too.  […]

Fish Knowledge – You’ve got to know them to catch them…

Read more; October 9, 2013

Ed’s note: This is the third in a series of four posts from our resident river rover,  Jimmy Sallis. Predominantly a river angler, Jimmy does occasionally dip into stillwaters too.  You can also find him on twitter as @jimmysallis and facebook, and he’ll be here on weekly basis sharing his bankside exploits. Catch up with […]

River Knowledge – How Roving can make all the difference

Read more; October 1, 2013

Ed’s note: This is the second in a series of four posts from our resident river rover,  Jimmy Sallis. Predominantly a river angler Jimmy does occasionally dip into stillwaters too.  You can also find him on twitter as @jimmysallis and facebook, and he’ll be here on weekly basis sharing his bankside exploits. Catch up with […]

John Bailey’s Barbel Challenge

Read more; September 30, 2013

This week sees the start of John Bailey’s Wensum Barbel Challenge. John has taken up the gauntlet thrown down by Jim Tyree to catch a barbel from his beloved River Wensum. John’s got one week to meet the challenge, and if he fails he’s agreed to make a donation of £100 to the East Anglian […]

Never Rule Out River Roving

Read more; September 25, 2013

There’s an old saying, ‘Never say never.’ True in many forms of life and especially fishing, as a positive attitude can be the difference between a good or bad day on the banks, and my first rule of river fishing is NEVER rule out roving the rivers you fish.

Meet Jimmy Sallis…

Read more; September 18, 2013

It’s always a pleasure to meet young anglers, especially those who like to fish in the footsteps of Mr. Crabtree.  Jimmy Sallis is one of those anglers; he’s lucky enough to be able to fish every day, and he fishes for all species – Mr. Crabtree would be proud. Jimmy is predominantly a river angler […]

Meet the Young Anglers – Rebekah Thompson

Read more; September 18, 2013

Would you like to tell us your story of how and why you took up fishing? Email our editor today, tell her a bit about yourself and soon it could be your story below!   My fishing started at the grand old age of around two while on a family holiday in France that – […]