Thank you to Jack Pells from Surrey for pictures of some early Spring Floater-caught 20lb Carp.
“I noticed that the carp on my local club water seemed to be moving around on the top lately so I popped over there to do some floater fishing and managed to trick a 23lb 8oz mirror. I caught it on the ESP MKII Floater rod and used a little 5 gram Drennan Surface Controller as I didn’t want to scare them off with a huge splash! It put up a great scrap and playing it on the ESP rod was superb! Light enough to hold and carry around the lake but powerful enough to put a stop to the runs the fish went on!” explained Jack.
“I saw a big pair of lips appear, then the carp turned its head and the controller sailed across the surface. I struck and it was just solid for a moment, if I hadn’t had know better I would have thought I had hooked the bottom!
I then had another 20 on the same method last night after work. The trusty old Drennan 5 gram Controller worked again. Was perfect for getting enough distance with as little disturbance to the fish as possible! 20lb on the nose.”
For full details on the Drennan Surface Controllers as used by Jack, click here.
Surrey’s Dave Harman sent us this picture a few weeks back, his final big Pike of the Winter. This lovely fish weighed 21lb 15oz and came on a Sardine deadbait presented on E-Sox Extra Strong Trebles.
Dave enjoyed a good Winter predator fishing, including specimen Perch from the Thames and then a 32lb personal best Pike after Xmas from Chew Valley Lake.
For full details on the E-Sox Extra Strong Trebles, click here.
This week’s Angling Times has a special feature celebrating 30 years of the Drennan Cup — arguably the most sought after and prestigious specimen angling prize in the UK!
There is also a live test with the all-new Drennan Acolyte Plus 13ft match rod. For anyone after a stepped-up three-piece float rod, the Acolyte Plus is well worth a closer look. It has all the hallmarks of the featherlight Acolyte Ultra but with extra power for targeting anything from match-sized carp and F1s to hard-fighting tench and chub.
Drennan’s big-fish specialist, Martin Bowler, is also inside as he reveals some interesting insights into catching more springtime carp.
The latest issue is also a Stillwater Rigs Special with 10 hot setups for carp, bream, tench and roach.
Angling Times is in newsagents from Tuesday, 22nd April and also available on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.