The Finest Pop Ups!

Countless fish have been caught on Drennan Pop Ups since they were launched. These highly visible, flavour-packed hook baits are simply brilliant!


Unlike most other pop ups on the market, you get bright orange, pink and yellow hook baits, PLUS white AND black in each tub. With five distinct colours in a single tub, you have even more scope for experimentation!

drennan-pop-ups-closeup-dumbellsBandit Dumbell Pop Ups are barrel shaped and the Method Boilie Pop Ups are spherical. Each is available in 8mm and 10mm sizes, which are ideal for all sizes of carp. Smaller 6mm F1 Bandit Dumbells are also available. These have proved particularly effective, not just for smaller carp and F1s, but also for extra cautious larger specimens.

Pop Ups are designed to be mounted on a hair rig, using either a latex bait band or a Pushstop to hold them in place. They are really effective when fished on a short (3in to 4in) hooklength in conjunction with a Method Feeder or Pellet Feeder setup. Alternatively, try presenting them on a much longer (10in to 2ft+) hooklength at varying depths using a bomb setup.

A specially developed Fruity Fish flavour also ensures that each hook bait has optimum attraction. The sheer numbers of fish that have been caught with Drennan Pop Ups is testament to this!

The Drennan Pop Ups Range:

  • 8mm Method Boilie Pop Ups
  • 10mm Method Boilie Pop Ups
  • 6mm F1 Bandit Dumbell Pop Ups
  • 8mm Bandit Dumbell Pop Ups
  • 10mm Bandit Dumbell Pop Ups
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Dean Barlow At Fishing Republic

England Feeder Team member Dean Barlow will be at the opening of Fishing Republic’s Reading store this Saturday 1st April. 


The new store is ideally situated between Reading and Basingstoke and caters equally for pleasure, match and specimen anglers.

  • Address: Fishing Republic, Wildmoor Lane, Sherfield on Lodden, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0HL
  • Telephone: 01256 880444
  • Website:
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A Drennan Cup Special

Check out all of the weekly Drennan Cup winners from the past season and their amazing captures in this week’s Angling Times.


With the last of the awards given out for the 2016-17 season, it’s now time for those eligible to vote on who they think should win the Drennan Cup.

Voting forms have been sent out to all of the previous weekly winners and will need to be returned to Angling Times with your top four choices by the 14th of April.

If you are eligible to vote and have not yet received your voting form, please contact Ben Miles at Angling Times.

Congratulations to everyone lucky enough to win an award last season and tight lines for the coming season!

The March 28th issue of Angling Times is out now!

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Enter The Carp Zone

Spring is the ideal time to get into pole fishing and the Red Range Carp Zone 1250 is a great choice for tackling your local commercial.


Retailing for less than £300, this quality pole offers unbelievable value. Importantly, it is fishable at its maximum 12.6m length and the wide bore Carp Kits are ready to elasticate with little or no cutting back.

rr-carp-poles-bAs with all the latest Drennan poles, the top kits feature a Side Pull Slot, which we factory machine and fit here in England. This means you can use our unique Roller Cones (also supplied) and take advantage of the revolutionary Side Pull System, reducing elastic wear and providing silky smooth performance.

Top match angler Jon Arthur took the pole to Decoy Lakes near Peterborough for a thorough workout. This popular venue in Cambridgeshire proved an ideal testing ground and, even with a stiff cross wind, Jon managed to fish the Carp Zone at full length much of the day.

rr-carp-zone-jon-cLightly catapulting 6mm hard pellets and fishing a matching 6mm hooker inside a bait band soon had fish zipping the elastic out. Chunky F1 hybrids were first on the scene, plus several surprise barbel, followed by hard-fighting mirrors up to 8lb. Each fish gave a great account of itself on yellow and pink Carp Bungee, with the Side Pull System working its magic every time.

rr-carp-zone-jon-bLater on, Jon switched his attentions to a short-pole swim, where he could throw pellets by hand, before ending up with three good fish down his right-hand margin. Even with tricky marginal snags and obstacles to deal with the Carp Zone 1250 coped effortlessly.

With the pole you get a total of four Carp Kits, which is ample to get you up and running on your local lake. It also comes with a 250ml Polemaster Pole Pot and threaded adaptor, should you wish to convert a kit into a cupping kit. Skid Bungs, protective nose cones, PTFE bushes and Side Pull Beads are also supplied.

The Red Range Carp Zone 1250 is the perfect blend of quality and performance in a great value package.


To learn more about Decoy Lakes, visit

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Big Orfe Brightens Paul’s Day

Specialist angler Paul Elt made a 5-hour round trip to fish for golden orfe and was rewarded for his efforts with a stunning fish of 5lb 8oz. 

paul-elt-orfeHe arrived at the lake to find it empty, but with a strong north westerly wind blowing down the lake.

“I began on the float but presentation was very tricky. I had a few small tench, but by lunch with the odd fish rolling at range, I switched to my 12ft 1.75 Specialist Avon/Quiver and Oval Groundbait Feeder, incorporating a helicopter rig with a size 14 Wide Gape Barbless hook. To start I made half a dozen casts with this feeder to put down an initial bed of Green Swim Stim groundbait with a scattering of maggots.

“It was around an hour later before the first fish made a mistake. At 5lb 8oz I was more than happy! Another two orfe to just over 4lb were landed shortly after with a couple of tench, before a good fish managed to slip the hook at the net.”

“The trip was well worth it, and what they lack in the fight, they more than make up in appearance!”

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Messingham Sands Latest Match Results

After a week of frosts, easterly winds and an overnight temperature of minus 4 degrees, expectations for Saturday’s Drennan Silverfish League were lower than normal. The fish obviously hadn’t read the script, however, as they fed really well all around the Lake!

kevin-johnson-messingam-sandsThe winner was Messingham Sands fishery manager Kevin Johnson who found a good mixture of quality skimmers, ide, roach and perch totalling 89lb from peg 12 on Swan. Alternating between 6mm expanders over groundbait on two long lines, and casters at 4 metres, fish came steadily throughout the match.

Second place went to Dennis Pattinson with an excellent 67lb of roach, skimmers and ide caught shallow on maggots from peg 6.

There was an added bonus on the day for those with an eye for wildlife, as a pair of ospreys flew around the fishery for a while as they made their way North!

The cold weather resulted in fewer carp being caught than normal, but this was not the case on Tripp Lake on the following day’s match when Steve Ellis fished 11mm hard pellet and paste to win comfortably with 118lb from peg 26. Gary Hansford claimed second place with 77lb of carp caught shallow on pellet.

Drennan Silverfish League, Swan Pond, Saturday
1 Kevin Johnson, Messingham 89-02
2 Dennis Pattinson, Grimsby 67-05
3 Mick Wills, Crowle 59-03
4 Steve Richardson, Scunthorpe 57-05

Tripp Winter League, Sunday
1 Steve Ellis, Scunthorpe 118-09
2 Gary Hansford, Grimsby 77-05
3 Carl Swetnam, Rotherham 69-15
4 Nick Houghton, Hull 65-13

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April At Messingham Sands

North Lincolnshire’s popular Messingham Sands Fishery has two big events lined up for April.


The Drennan Teams Of Five is on Friday 14th April. This is split between Swan Pond (2 sections), Islands Lake (2 sections) and Tripp Lake (1 section). Teams can also place their anglers in the sections of their choice. Entry is £100 per team (£20 per man) and the event is limited to 25 teams.

Next up is the Drennan Easter Pairs on Monday 17th April. This is on Swan Pond and Islands Lake and pairs can again choose what lake they fish. Entry is £40 per pair (£20 per man) and the match is limited to 45 pairs.

Both events will be decided on points, with weight deciding in the event of a tie. The draw for both matches is at 9am at the Grange Park Golf Club with fishing from 11am to 5pm. To book in for either event, telephone Steve Ellis on 01724 782741 or Kevin on 01724 763647.

Visit to learn more about this great venue. 

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Guided By Grant

Steve Collett spends a day with top matchman Grant Albutt in the latest issue of the Angler’s Mail. 


The colourful columnist brushes up on his pellet fishing skills during a worthwhile coaching session with Grant. Later on he also gets a glimpse of the aquaculture that goes on behind the scenes at Shatterford Lakes near Kidderminster.

The 21st March issue of Angler’s Mail is out now.

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My Stafford Moor Silvers Week

Drennan Bordon’s Peter Kay reports back from an annual silverfish festival held at Stafford Moor Fishery in Devon.

Peter Kay with a typical Stafford Moor silverfish catch.

The author with a quality Stafford Moor silverfish catch.

It was that time of year again for my annual pilgrimage down to Stafford Moor for the BT/Polerigs Silvers Week. New owners, Jo and Paul, have done an immense amount of work in the past year, not only to the banks but the fishing was to prove excellent with the general size and condition of all species a credit to their hard work.

The Sunday practice match proved disastrous for yours truly, smashing four sections of my pole in the 80mph winds, four seconds after I decided enough was enough and to pack up! D’oh! Thanks to Ray Wood for lending me spares for the week otherwise it would have been a very early bath and drive home. This typifies the generosity between anglers in our unique sport.

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Canal Win For Matt Herbert

Drennan Bordon anglers filled three of the top four frame places in the latest Hungerford AA open.


Matt Herbert with his winning catch.

The match was held on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Upper and Lower Dunmill. Despite strong winds and clear water, over 10lb was needed to frame behind Matt Herbert’s 12lb 11oz winning catch.

“After drawing peg 1 at Lower Dunmill I knew there was a good chance of a few fish,” he explained. “The canal was pretty clear and my main line was at the bottom of the far shelf, down the peg slightly due to the strong wind. Here I fed three balls of groundbait with some finely minced worm and dead pinkies. I also fed a line down the middle with two balls with the same feed and a chopped worm line down the track in front of me, which is where I started.

“With no bites I moved on to my groundbait line down the middle and again no bites, so I had to look a bit earlier than I wanted on the three-quarter line. After 30 minutes I had my first skimmer and caught on this line most of the day, catching skimmers and the odd perch.

Matt's peg.

Matt’s peg.

“The wind made presentation very difficult, which is a shame as I’m sure there was 20lb to be had – especially as it’s an end peg!

“Well done to Kevin Rowles for 2nd and my team mate Brett Cooper for 3rd and also thanks to John Williams for running another great match. Roll on next week’s match on the Church section!”


  • 1st Matt Herbert (Drennan Bordon) 12lb 11oz
  • 2nd Kevin Rowles (Devizes Angling) 11lb 14oz
  • 3rd Brett Cooper (Drennan Bordon) 10lb 8oz
  • 4th Nick Jones (Drennan Bordon) 10lb 7oz
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