Drennan’s Stewart Moss was delighted to land this specimen barbel from a
midlands river recently, which weighed in at 16lb 5oz, narrowly setting a new
personal best for the species by ounces.
The plump fish was tripped up by a simple legered CC Moores Meteor Boilie presented to a Kamasan Barbel Maxx hook with a small mesh bag of bait. Stew fished whilst the river was heavily coloured and almost bursting it’s banks – a time when even pressured barbel can lose their caution and feed really hard. It was hooked during the classic “just got properly dark time” and put up a terrific battle, with driving rain into the head torch making visibility difficult.
“This big old girl is an interesting fish as it’s been a fairly regular visitor to the bank over the years and is capable of big weight fluctuations – fortunately I caught it when it had plainly been on a big feeding binge, as it was as fat as a pig ready for market!” explained Stewart.
The barbel was landed on one of the fabulous 12ft Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 1.75lb rods and 15lb ESP Syncro line.
Geoff Lowe with his prizes.
Congratulations to Geoff Lowe from Edinburgh who has won a 15ft Acolyte Ultra rod and an FD3000 reel, courtesy of a competition in Coarse Fishing Answers magazine.
This is a perfect rod-and-reel combination for exploiting the river at this time of year. The FD3000 reel is lightweight and ideal for float fishing with a quality front drag mechanism. The reel is designed so it should also take 100 metres of most reel lines without the need for any extra backing.
At just 5 3/4oz (163g), the 15ft Acolyte Ultra weighs less than most 13ft models so it can be fished with all day without fatigue. It has a slim and beautifully crisp blank, which is vital for good line control and for reacting to fast bites from species like roach, dace and chub.
Mario Edoardo Tomatis from Milan in Italy, sent us a great photograph of a from recent predator session using our E-Sox Jell-Ignites.
Fishing for only half a day he netted numerous black bass and perch, with his new personal best pictured above. Mario used a light spinning rod, with a small reel loaded with Series 7 Monofilament in 6lb 9oz and a small trace.
“It’s not as big as the perch in England, but it’s a good size here in Italy. The perch were caught on the E-Sox Jell-Ignites pattern which looks just like a small perch,” he added.