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8lb Tench Highlight Of Session

This 8lb personal best tench was the biggest of three fish caught recently by Shaun Turner from a local gravel pit.


He found a clean gravel bar in between weed beds and spodded out a mixture of small particles and groundbait before casting his In-Line Flat Method Feeder baited with maggots over the top.

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Six Tench For Robert

Despite a cold north easterly wind, Robert Brooker managed to land six tench from a local gravel pit during a day session.


He located an area of clean gravel at 50 yards with a marker rod and baited the area with a mixture of hemp, pellets and dead maggots.

He chose to use 45g Feederbombs helicopter style on his 2lb Specialist Distance Tench & Bream rods to cut through the strong cross wind and keep his feeders landing on the same spot.

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Martin Bowler Banks A 59lb Carp

Top big fish angler Martin Bowler has caught a colossal 59lb carp from an undisclosed UK venue.


The star of Catching The Impossible has already set the carp world talking, as it’s an unknown fish from a secret water.

You can check out the amazing full story in this week’s Angling Times.

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Steve Harwood’s 2lb 7oz Roach

Steve Harwood caught this beautiful 2lb 7oz roach in Holland, just before catching his ferry home. 

steve-harwood-2lb-7oz-roachThe Drennan Oxford team man had been competing in the Anglo-Dutch Classic and had a couple of hours to kill before catching the return ferry. He decided to fish part of a big marina at Hellevoetsluis, not far from Hook Of Holland, where the Voorne Canal meets open water.

Steve had heard that there was a chance of some big roach and soon discovered the rumours were true! In just over an hour’s fishing he managed five bream averaging 4lb and the specimen roach, all on worm and caster.

He tackled the gin-clear 6-7m swim with an Acolyte Ultra 12ft Feeder rod with a 30g Oval Groundbait Feeder, a 0.15mm Supplex Fluorocarbon hooklength and a size 14 Wide Gape Match hook.

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Duo Land Perch To 3lb 15oz On Reservoir

Specialist angler, Adam Perna joined his friend James Aris on a trip to a local trout reservoir this week in search of perch.


“After a slow start, we ended up with 5 perch a piece. James fish varied from 2lb 8oz to 3lb 5oz, while I managed to land a catch of fish going 3lb 2oz, 3lb 4oz, 3lb 7oz, 3lb 10oz and my biggest from a reservoir at of 3lb 15oz. 

“All of my fish were taken on the drop shot tactics using the 7.5cm Big Eye Fry E-Sox Dropshot Holographic lures in the green perch pattern presented on a size 6 hook and an 8lb Dropshot Fluorocarbon leader.

“We caught all the fish in 3 productive areas of relatively shallow water which we considered hotspots in a vast expanse of water.”

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A Red-Letter Tench Session

Simon ‘Busta’ Aston had a trip to remember at Linear Fisheries after banking 36 tench to over 9lb. Here’s his account of a red-letter session.


After a session or two catching a few bream I thought timing and weather was perfect to embark on my first tench session of the season and there’s no finer place to start than the country’s leading day ticket complex, Linear Fisheries in Oxford.

simon-castable-weed-rake-webAfter the five-hour trek down the motorway I was soon admiring the lakes in their full spring bloom. I couldn’t believe the difference between my Durham home and Oxford in terms of how much growth the trees had on them. Even the irises were starting to flower! A quick lap round Manor Lake to find some likely looking swims followed before settling into a lovely looking spot not too far from the car park.

The afternoon sun beamed down onto the water, revealing two cracking bars; one at about 40 yards from the bank and the other about 70. They were clearly visible from a Google Earth image I already had on my phone. I chose the closer of the two bars for the simple reason it would be far more comfortable achieving the distance when the forecast winds picked up the following day. Literally the first cast with my marker rod setup and my spot for the weekend was located!

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Nine Specimen Bream For Hans

Hans Moolenaar banked nine bream up to 6kg during a recent session on a Dutch stillwater.


“I have been chasing big bream, and this weekend some of these ladies came to the net!” the Dutch specialist angler informed us. “In all I had nine bream, only one a little bit short of 4kg, three between 4kg and 5kg, and five were even larger than 5kg. The biggest two were 6kg (13.23lb) and 5.8kg (12.78lb). A little bit short of Simon Ashton’s amazing catch, but I had a few more!

hans-bream-2“The water is 170 acres and despite the cold Northern winds, rain and dropping water temperatures, if you know they are there, waiting for the right moment to spawn, you have to be there too. Make an ambush at the right spot and sit it out.

“The tools used are 45g In-line Flat Method Feeders and Specimen Plus size 10 hooks. 

“I was more than pleased with the 6kg bream, which is one of the biggest I have ever caught, but I am still chasing a 7kg bream.”

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100lb Of Bream & Tench

Mark Doherty bagged an estimated 100lb of bream and tench last week from a local stillwater using Method Feeder tactics.

mark-doherty-1The Swindon-based angler was fishing at Moulden Hill in Wiltshire and his 21 fish included 11 bream to over 8lb and 10 tench, including several over 6lb.

Mark’s successful feeder setup consisted of a Matchpro Medium Combo Feeder rod at its longest 12ft 6in length, casting a 35g Drennan In-Line Flatbed Method Feeder around 40 yards out in to open water. He use soaked micro pellets around the feeder and dead maggot hook bait on a size 18 hook.

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Iain McDonald Wins 2016/17 Drennan Cup

A huge congratulations to Iain McDonald who has been voted the 2016/17 Drennan Cup winner!


With five weekly Drennan Cup Awards under his belt, Iain’s dreams came true as he took a comfortable win with 53 points separating himself and second place.

He said: “The fact that my name will be mentioned in the same breath as my fishing heroes hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m a bit overwhelmed, to be honest, I never expected the result or the response from fellow anglers, I am totally gobsmacked!”

An incredible brace of double-figure tench was arguably the highlight of what was a truly memorable campaign for the Kent-based angler. The 45-year-old from Canterbury netted two stunning 10lb+ tench during a session at Mid-Kent Fisheries.

That day Iain had turned up with carp on his mind, but when he saw how busy his chosen lake was he decided to go after the tench instead. He opted to fish a swim in a deep bay and started to feed a clear area with maggots and hemp. An hour later he spotted a shoal of big tench hovering over his baited area in the clear water.

He cast out a 2oz feeder filled with maggots with a short 4in hooklength tied to a size 12 hook baited with maggots. Ten minutes later he had banked a new personal best tench of 10lb 5oz, followed an hour later with an even bigger specimen at 10lb 9oz.

That catch was just one of five weekly awards earned by Iain during the season; the others awarded for a 15lb 4oz barbel, a 1lb dace, a 4lb 3oz perch and a 2lb 10oz river roach.

Drennan Cup 2016-17 Results:

iain-mcdonald-drennan-cup-winner-2016-17-tench1st: Iain McDonald – 4lb 3oz perch, tench brace of 10lb 9oz & 10lb 5oz, 15lb 4oz barbel, 1lb dace & 2lb 10oz roach.

With five weekly awards in the net and each for a different species, it was always going to take some beating to steal the cup away from his sights.

bob-pickering-21lb-bream2nd: Bob Pickering – 21lb bream

A 30-year quest to land a huge bream finally came to an end for Bob Pickering when he landed a 21lb fish from a tough northwest mere. The dedication involved in targeting the 90-acre venue in search of its elusive bream for three decades is remarkable.

simon-daley-avon-barbel3rd: Simon Daley – 7lb 9oz chub, 15lb 10oz River Itchen barbel, Hampshire Avon barbel of 15lb 8oz & 16lb 5oz.

Simon had a season to remember on the river this year, landing two huge barbel on the Hampshire Avon along with a massive chub over 7lb, but his highlight had to be breaking the River Itchen barbel record back in early autumn.

matt-jackson-roach4th: Matt Jackson – Chalkstream roach of 2lb 4oz, 2lb 8oz & 3lb 5oz 8dr.

On a dark, cold, February morning, Matt Jackson was on the banks of the river before sunrise to ensure he had the best chance of catching his quarry. He ended up doing it in style, landing the biggest roach of 2017, weighing 3lb 5oz 8dr.

Weekly Drennan Cup prizes are awarded to anglers who have caught spe­cimen fish by design. Weekly win­ners receive a £80 prize, while the overall cham­pion each season gets £2,000 plus their name engraved on the prestigious trophy.

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Success With Tench In Holland

Dutch specialist angler Hans Moolenaar has been catching plenty of tench this spring.


“My eyes are normally set on large bream at this time of year, but with the bream not showing, countless tench are keeping me busy,” he explains.

hans-fish-4Hans has been using a 56g In-line Flatbed Method Feeder fished on 6lb Feeder & Method Mono with a short 10lb Sink Braid hooklink and a size 10 ESP Cryogen Classic hook.

He has also managed a personal best 2.6kg (5lb 11oz) gibel/giebel carp during one of these sessions.

“In Holland we call this a ‘giebel’ (Carassius gibelio) but in England you would perhaps call this the wild form of the goldfish. It’s very similar to a crucian carp (Carassius carassius), but not exactly the same. A natural giebel of 40cm is quite normal. This one was 48cm.”

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