Drennan’s Stewart Moss caught this handsome chub recently while actually fishing for barbel on the River Nene.
The chub weighed just under 5lb and was one of several that could not resist a CC Moore’s Meteor boilie hair-rigged to a Drennan Super Specialist Barbel hook and a standard leger setup. Despite using ‘over-gunned’ tackle, the chub were so ravenous a number were hooked by accident – a slight problem for the specialist angler in that each one causes unwelcome disturbance in a swim. This is generally undesirable when large, wary barbel are the quarry! However, with care on the part of the angler this can also be a plus, since the feeding activity of several, hungry competing chub can actually attract barbel into the swim.
Norwich based Steve Crowe, had a fantastic brace of pike during a weekend
session on a Norfolk river.
The smallest of the session was 19lb 6oz, which was followed by an even bigger fish of 21lb 6oz. Both of the fish were caught on roach baits using a simple float setup consisting of 45lb E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line, Piker float and E-Sox Super Trace Pike Wire.
Drennan Oxford have continued an impressive winning streak in the Oxford division of the Angling Trust Winter League.
Round Two was held on the River Thames on the Medley, Channel and Folly sections. With the river finally holding some much needed colour and a bit of pace, everyone was wondering if the big roach would show and whether Medley’s bream population would put in an appearance. Although the big weights of bream failed to materialise there was still plenty of small fish to be caught in all bar one section.