Specimen Test Dace on Ultralight Rod!

Famous Norfolk spe­cimen angler, artist and author, Chris Turnbull, recently spent an enjoy­able day on the banks of the River Test.


“I must admit I was fishing for grayling at the time, but ended up with this per­sonal best dace of 14oz instead! To be honest while I knew it was a big fish, I wasn’t aware just how spe­cial dace of this size are. But com­ments since the cap­ture sug­gest that it is a very rare fish,” explained Chris.

It was caught on three red mag­gots on a size 14 hook, trotted under a No2 Drennan Wire Avon, using a 14 ft Matchpro Ultralight rod, Series 7 reel and 3.2 lb Float Fish line.

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In Search Of Big Reservoir Perch

Durham-based spe­cimen angler, Simon Ashton, recently spent the day afloat on a Midlands reser­voir in search of a mon­ster perch.

Si_1“I struggled in the morning, only landing one perch and a small pike, so I decided to move and fish close to a con­crete struc­ture. A couple of casts later and small bait fish started to scatter. It was only a matter of time before I would get a take,” explained Simon.

His boat partner Stephen was the first to receive a take, which res­ulted in an immacu­late perch of 4lb 1oz! Then straight after Simon hooked into another quality perch which weighed 3lb 12oz.

After that it went quiet, and he changed over to a brighter Dropshot Lure and began to work it in the deeper water. About an hour later Simon landed his last fish of the day which nudged the scales to bang on 3lb.

Simon’s main setup con­sisted of a 5ft 6lb E-Sox Dropshot Fluorocarbon leader, to which he tied a size 6 Kamasan hook using a palomar knot. An 8g E-Sox Dropshot Bomb Weight was attached to the tail end of the line about 8″ away from the hook.

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Bream Bonanza On Warrington Fur & Feather


Derek Bibby with his impressive win­ning catch of bream.

The annual Warrington Anglers Fur & Feather match on the River Mersey was won by Derek Bibby with a fant­astic 38lb catch. 

That impressive weight con­sisted of bream taken on ground­bait feeder tactics.

An added incentive to this year’s event was a spe­cial prize donated by Drennan International to who­ever was lucky enough to draw Peg 67, a swim now affec­tion­ately known as Jazz’s Peg.


Carl Guy, with Stu Conroy’s wife, Jayne, and son, Jason.

This very spe­cial peg was lov­ingly built by England ace, Stu Conroy, in memory of his dearly departed dog, Jazz.

The lucky winner was Carl Guy from Manchester who won a 12ft MatchPro Medium Feeder rod along with a £30 Christmas hamper.

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