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