Stealthy Approach Fools Big Stour Barbel

Darren Worton’s stealthy approach helped fool a huge 16lb 9oz barbel from the Dorset Stour.

Darren Worton 16-9 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.

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Rewarded With Two Big Barbel

Marcus Weaver from South Wales, has man­aged to beat his per­sonal best barbel twice in as many trips on the mighty River Trent.

Marcus 15lb 4oz Barbel

“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.

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Power Wins The Drennan Knockout Cup

Andy Power has put on a con­vin­cing two-day per­form­ance to win the pres­ti­gious Drennan Knockout Cup. 

Andy Power, 2014 Drennan Knockout Cup Champion!

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.

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