Category Archives: In The Media

Martin Bowler Banks A 59lb Carp

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

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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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Feeder Tips With Grant Albutt

Grant Albutt passes on some invaluable advice on feeder fishing on small lakes in this week’s Angling Times.

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The match ace visits Woodland View Fishery in Worcestershire to pass on some sound advice on short rods and close-range feeder setups.

Also inside, Martin Bowler reveals a catch-all rig that has accounted for a number of surprise specimens. The New Gear section also takes a closer look at the very latest Carp 6 pole float.

Pick up the May 9th issue of Angling Times to learn more.

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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!

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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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Huge 27lb 7oz Bream Brace

simon-bream-brace-on-matSimon Ashton defied the odds after landing two of only three known specimen bream from Manor Lake on the Linear Fisheries complex.

This great brace consisting of 14lb and 13lb 7oz fish was landed within minutes of each other at the Oxfordshire venue. Both came at dawn after Simon spotted a fish roll and recasting at distance.

Simon caught both fish on helicopter rigs fished on 10lb ESP Syncro XT Loaded main line with large 70g Oval Blockend feeders. His short hook links were made up of 10lb ESP Soft Ghost Fluorocarbon and Boilie Hooks. One rig was baited with worms using a Pushstop and the other with Buoyant Maggots, both great bream baits in their own right.

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Simon’s maggot rig.

The biggest of the two bream set a new personal best for Simon, making the long journey south well worth the effort.

Simon commented: “I was gobsmacked when I saw the first giant slab slide over the landing net. There are only three known bream in the lake, so to land two of them in one session is unbelievable!”

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User Report: Acolyte 12ft Carp Waggler

The Fishing Republic’s James Carlin had a successful weekend catching carp to 12lb with his Acolyte 12ft Carp Waggler rod. 

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“It felt light yet powerful and I never had any doubts while playing the fish,” he commented.

Visit the Fishing Republic’s Blog section of their website for a full user report and in-depth account of the session.

Learn more about the Drennan Acolyte Carp Waggler rods.

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A Drennan Cup Special

Check out all of the weekly Drennan Cup winners from the past season and their amazing captures in this week’s Angling Times.

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With the last of the awards given out for the 2016-17 season, it’s now time for those eligible to vote on who they think should win the Drennan Cup.

Voting forms have been sent out to all of the previous weekly winners and will need to be returned to Angling Times with your top four choices by the 14th of April.

If you are eligible to vote and have not yet received your voting form, please contact Ben Miles at Angling Times.

Congratulations to everyone lucky enough to win an award last season and tight lines for the coming season!

The March 28th issue of Angling Times is out now!

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Guided By Grant

Steve Collett spends a day with top matchman Grant Albutt in the latest issue of the Angler’s Mail. 

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The colourful columnist brushes up on his pellet fishing skills during a worthwhile coaching session with Grant. Later on he also gets a glimpse of the aquaculture that goes on behind the scenes at Shatterford Lakes near Kidderminster.

The 21st March issue of Angler’s Mail is out now.

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Feeder With Alan Scotthorne

The latest episode of Feeder Fishing stars Alan Scotthorne and his fellow England and Barnsley Blacks team mate Lee Kerry. 

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The talented pair tackle Worsbrough Reservoir in Yorkshire for the 60-minute HD video and 50-page eMag. Using contrasting tactics they disclose plenty of tricks to help you get more from feeder fishing when the conditions are tough.

Inside the eMag, editor Joe Carass also takes an in-depth look at the Acolyte Ultra 11ft Feeder rod during a session on a local stillwater.

Visit www.feeder-fishing.co.uk to learn more. 

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Fishing, Fun And Celebrities At Lake John

We were invited to a very special event yesterday, which included fishing with TV star Les Dennis and musician Dave Peacock from the famous Chas & Dave double act!

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All smiles after a great day at Lake John: (From left) Dean Barlow, Les Dennis, Dave Peacock, Chris Vandervleit.

The event was organised by Colin Bartlett, the larger than life character who runs the popular Lake John Fishery in Essex. Although the wind and rain tried its very best to thwart the day, the fish still obliged and the two celebrities caught a few for the cameras. They were aided by top-flight match anglers Chris Vandervleit and Dean Barlow, who both kindly volunteered their tackle and expertise to ensure they caught a few fish.

TV star Les Dennis with Dean Barlow.

TV star Les Dennis with match ace Dean Barlow.

Les Dennis is famous for countless TV roles, including presenting Family Fortunes for 15 years and more recently starring in hit soap Coronation Street. He is now about to star as Uncle Fester in the Addams Family musical, which will soon be touring the UK. This was only his second time fishing, but he was soon, quite literally, into the swing of it with some chunky little roach on maggots.

“I loved it,” he commented as he posed with the team’s combined catch for the cameras. “It might have been a bit wet, but I can’t wait to go fishing again!”

Dave Peacock was paired up with fellow Londoner, Chris Vandervleit.

Dave Peacock was paired up with fellow Londoner, Chris Vandervleit.

Singer and bass guitarist Dave Peacock had eight top-40 singles with Chas & Dave. He also clearly enjoyed his day, as roach and small skimmers regularly came to the net. As one half of a very famous Cockney duo, he naturally still lives in London and very near to Lake John Fishery. “I remember catching roach on the River Lea when I was a kid,” he explained. “Fishing’s definitely come a long way from bent pins and cork!”

Alongside the celebrities, Colin was also having his lake professionally netted as part of his pro-active fishery management policy. Quality bream, perch, carp, tench, roach and hybrids were quickly returned to the lake while thousands of juvenile silverfish were removed, ready to be rehomed at another local fishery.

The silverfish breed so prolifically at Lake John that it’s important to thin out them each year like this. This keeps oxygen levels high and allows the mature fish to grow. It is also one of the reasons why Lake John is so famous for bags of quality roach, bream and skimmers throughout the year, as well as countless double-figure carp up to 40lb.

John Weedon is the England Disabled team manager and was also on the bank, putting on a great display of pole and waggler tactics. This was to help raise awareness for the disabled team, which relies heavily on the generosity and donations of others to be able to compete in the World Championship each year.

With so much going on at Lake John it turned out to be a very busy and successful day with plenty of smiles, plenty of fun and, of course, plenty of fish. That’s exactly what we have come to expect from this very special venue!

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Catch On The Pole Feeder

Tom Hobbs shows you how to target quality fish on the pole feeder in this week’s Angling Times.

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The Drennan Oxford and England U25s squad member tackles his local River Thames to put together a net of big roach and bream in less than favourable conditions.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Angling Times to find out all about this great tactic.

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