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Mr Crabtree

I know one of my many faults is my memory but when a guy on one of our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys says  ” do you remember when I was last out two years ago that place we had fantastic grouper fishing ? ” more than often I have to say no.  With so many anglers over more than eleven years it is impossible but I do remember a fantastic fishing magazine in the 60s it was call Creel.  Not only did it have a lot of good info for the young newbie I was then but had stunning articles on world wide fishing, I was captivated by a feature on Nile Perch fish at the time often went over 300 lbs.  An other feature that was always a good read was a cartoon Mr Crabtree goes fishing each cartoon featured a selected fish which Mr Crabtree and his son Peter went out to catch and always ended up with a good one in the net.  Well on my first busman’s trip of summer 2015 I felt a bit like Mr Crabtree and crucian carp was my target fish which as a lad was often my quarry and boy did I enjoy catching them.

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VIRB Picture

VIRB Picture

VIRB Picture

So after a bit of web research on the net and we were in the south of England I picked out Old Bury Lakes near Dorking it had a lake which was stocked just with tench and crucians just what the doctor ordered.  What a complex and boy has coarse fish moved on since I was lad a well stocked tackle and bait shop even a full cafe then as much advise as any one need.  So with the right floats bait and even been told which peg to fish of we went and what a  stunning lake perfect fishing platforms and even feeding fish from the word go.  Not easy missed a load of bites and dropped way to many fish maybe it was the barbless hooks or the fact it was over nearly 50 years since I was doing this.  In the end it all came good tench over 4 lbs and crucians over 1 lb not the over 100 lb fish I have to deal with every day in the Keys but I had a smile all day and I am sure Mr Crabtree was smiling as well.