Drennan Bordon team member and England Youth International, Alex Clements, has been in winning form on the River Thames. Here is his account of a successful match on the stretch at Abingdon:
Wanting to get a bit of practise in on the Thames before the forthcoming three-day festival, I got myself up early and took myself to the Thames at Abingdon for the 5th round of the Oxford Summer League. The Thames has been on top form recently with plenty of roach, skimmers and bream showing through most of the sections. With it being overcast and with a bit of rain during the week I had high expectations.
Arriving slightly late (because of the ever-faithful sat nav!) I was informed I had been drawn an end peg at Culham, which was great news as I had never seen this section before. Arriving at my peg, there was plenty of tree cover. Unfortunately it made no difference to the howling gale that was blowing down the river!
An elated Shane Doherty has sent in this picture of his first ever barbel from the River Tees, and weighing in at 11lb 3oz it’s an impressive fish!
“My ultimate goal was a Tees barbel, so to get a double-figure fish is my biggest angling achievment!” he explains.
Shane caught the specimen on a 12mm halibut pellet wrapped with his wife’s special home made halibut paste on a size 14 Drennan Specimen micro barbed hook.
Tony Peet has been having some great roach sport on his local River Ribble using his Drennan Acolyte Ultra rod.
After some impressive chub sport last March, where he was catching quality fish to 5lb, he has now back on the Ribble to target the river’s fine head of roach.
“I am still out with the Acolyte ‘dream stick’,” he informed us. Using 2.6lb Drennan Float Fish line on an old Abu 506 reel and feeding caster and hemp lead to this lovely net of silvers.
The River Ribble is in Yorkshire, North England. To learn more about this beautiful waterway, visit www.ribbletrust.org.uk.