The new 6 part TV series of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr Crabtree was beautifully shot at stunning locations with some superb angling action and a few new PB’s. In this series John is fishing with 13 year old James Buckley, a great young angler, as they fish throughout the Summer. An angling adventure to remember for James and a chance for John to relive his boyhood where he spent every day of his school holidays out chasing shadows from dawn until dusk. Along with the Crabtree film and production team, James’ dad Rob and a gallery of angling star guests we go fishing in the Footsteps of our angling hero Mr Crabtree
Dawn til Dusk
In this Episode John and James tackle up for a Bream and Tench ‘session to remember’ on a mature gravel pit. The focus is on dawn and dusk as these are key times, but also this is a full summer session and the chaps fish right through day and into the evening, with some fantastic action and extremes of weather. The result is most definitely a session to remember and James starts off his gallery of PBs.
Casting for Gold
In Casting for Gold John and James continue their summer holiday angling adventures in search of Tench, Carp and record breaking Crucians at Godalming Angling’s, Johnsons Lake. In this episode John and James try out some real Crabtree float fishing in the Lily pads, as well as more current techniques and get into some really exceptional specimens. Look out for some special Crabtree angling guests in Alan Stagg and Alan Blair and some fantastic surface floater fishing for Carp – will James get another PB?
In this episode John is taking James to 3 of his favourite Crabtree locations and much-loved swims on each of them. We are on the Wye and actually in the river getting close to the action chasing Chub and Barbel, then onto an absolutely classic Crabtree swim on the Wensum, before finally retiring to an intimate lake where some real monsters lurk. Our friends demonstrate Crabtree fishing on beautiful rivers and lake. Look out for a real boys-own quest when John and Crabtree Producer, Lester Holcombe go stalking an elusive monster Carp with unforeseen and unplanned results……
Rise of the Fly
In this episode we depart from general coarse angling as we go in search of one of Mr Crabtree’s favourite fish, the Trout, on one of his favourite rivers, the Kennet. We start the session with some tuition for James at the fantastic Sportfish facilities and lake in Reading. James is taken through some tackle and flies to get him started by expert Allan Shepherd and then spends time with Fly fishing expert Robin Elwes. What follows is a glorious couple of days spent with John and young Crabtree fans Arthur and Fleur on the Wilderness stretch catching some beautiful fish in stunning countryside.
King of the Summer
We’re coming to the end of James’ summer adventure and John has a great surprise in store as he takes him to the famous Lac Meunier in France in search of monster Carp with the quest being to land one of the lake’s giants. First though, they visit Broadwater in Surrey to meet up with angling star Adam Penning and Eastenders actor, the Carp-crazy Scott Maslen to brush up on some big fish skills and to practice on some smaller Carp. Then we’re off for a few days in our Quest for the Queen of freshwater fish. John goes off fishing the Crabtree way whilst James, under the tutelage of Lester, tries out all of the up-to-date methods and tackle to trick out one of the huge Carp that lurk in Meunier. Can James locate, hook and land a monster or will John’s tenacity with a float win out? Or – do the Carp win? Look out for a very special angling moment when guest Simon Pomeroy pops over to see the lads.
Reflections of Summer
In this the last episode of the series John and James look back on the best bits of their summer journey, revisiting their favourite catches, moments and locations. We reflect upon the highlights of a great summer’s fishing adventure and enjoy plenty more action as well as some of the best moments of the series. A stunning conclusion to James’ and John’s summer scrapbook and a great way to round off Series two of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree.