Darren Worton’s stealthy approach helped fool a huge 16lb 9oz barbel from the Dorset Stour.
After slowly creeping into position, he lowered his hookbait along with a PVA bag of freebies into place. “As soon as I made contact, I knew it was a barbel — a large one at that! I knew the river held fish of this size but they are few and far between, and to beat my personal best by over 1lb was a special feeling!” explained Darren.
This capture was awarded a weekly Drennan Cup in Angling Times on the 14th of October.
Marcus Weaver from South Wales, has managed to beat his personal best barbel twice in as many trips on the mighty River Trent.
“I have only had two trips to the Trent this season, as it is a 400-mile round trip. But on both trips I have smashed personal bests! The first trip was with a barbel of 14lb 4oz on my first cast. Then I beat that six weeks later, with a 15lb 4oz barbel within half an hour of fishing,” Marcus explained.
Both barbel were caught with the Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 12ft 1.75lb rod, using a combi rig incorporating 15lb Camo Sink Link braid.
Andy Power has put on a convincing two-day performance to win the prestigious Drennan Knockout Cup.
Andy Power, 2014 Drennan Knockout Cup Champion!
This unique tournament run by Match Fishing magazine saw over 100 top-flight match anglers whittled down over a series of challenging rounds to a two-man Grand Final at Docklow Pools fishing holiday complex in Leominster, Herefordshire.
Geoff Vallance and Andy Power made it all the way but it was in-form Andy who ultimately lifted the all-important silver trophy and claimed the £5,000 winner’s cheque that goes with it.
The Preston Innovations and Sonubaits-backed star put on a skilled performance to extract 102lb of fish; over half of which consisted of quality roach and silver fish!
Match Fishing magazine reveals more details on its website and a full in-depth report will appear in their December issue.