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Grantham dad films fishing series to tackle mental health

A keen angler and freelance videographer has launched a fishing championship competition in a bid to tackle mental health.

Brandon Crane, of Grantham, wants to promote fishing as an outlet for people experiencing mental health issues.

He launched a competitive fishing competition series and has spent almost four years filming each match.

The father-of-two said: “Fishing can be tranquil, relaxing and a great way to exert energy. It was also a great distraction from my own mental health issues.”

The former King’s School pupil first got the idea of creating a fishing competition when he lost his grandad nearly five years ago.

He added: “It was my grandad that taught me everything I knew about fishing and about computers and cameras. I used to film fishing events for people as well as other sporting events and activities but I became depressed after he died and sold most of my camera equipment. I guess I just lost my muse.

“It was only when my partner, Paige, stepped in and encouraged me not to give up my film work that I decided to carry on.

“There was also a lot of negativity surrounding competitive fishing at the time which I wanted to try and turn around but my main aim was to give people with mental health issues an outlet.”

It didn’t take long until eight competitors from across the East Midlands got involved in the competition. They now regularly fish against each other in a series of matches which Brandon films.

The competition is sponsored by Horizon Baites, a carp fishing bait production.

Brandon Crane. (8257592)
Brandon Crane. (8257592)

Brandon, who is dad to two-year-old Johnathon and Xia, one, added: “The anglers or fishermen can utilise that platform to add prestige to their anglers’ profiles and continue on further with their fishing careers, whether recreationally or professionally.”

Since uploading his videos to his channel on YouTube, Brandon has amassed a large online following.

The series will be shown for the first time at a charity fund-raisng ceremony at The White Lion pub, Bridge End Road, Grantham, on May 4, starting at 4pm, where the overall winner of the fishing competition will also be awarded with a championship belt.

The CraneyTV Competitive Carp Angling Championship Title (8153916)
The CraneyTV Competitive Carp Angling Championship Title (8153916)

Tickets cost £2 on the door and all proceeds from the event will go towards Anxiety Awareness UK.

There will also be experts on mental health available to talk to throughout the event.

Brandon is now looking for more competitors ahead of series two.

Brandon added: “I’ve spent a large amount of time, money, sacrifice and hard work on the video series but it has been worth it.

“I wanted to create a legacy and a footprint for myself and now that legacy is leaving a footprint for others.”

If you would more information or to get in touch with Brandon, visit Craney TV on Facebook or email CraneyTV@gmail.com

Josh Burrows - Playing a carp in his qualifying quarter final against Mark Mayall. (8153912)
Josh Burrows - Playing a carp in his qualifying quarter final against Mark Mayall. (8153912)


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