Rushden’s Geoff Collins with a monster stillwater Zander weighing 18lb 5oz!
This latest specimen on Geoff’s glittering personal best list comes just days after he’d taken a huge brace of Barbel (see our previous news item on 19th November) – capping a really memorable period of successful fishing on tough waters.
Geoff float-fished a deadbait on size 8 Trebles to 20lb Drennan 7 Strand wire and 15lb mainline – and initially thought it was a small Zander due to the lack of fight!
For full details on the Drennan 7 Strand trace wire click here.
Thank you to Mario Edoardo Tomatis from Italy for this great photo of an Italian Barbel!
Mario fished the River Po near the city of Cremona and used a Matchpro Ultralight 15ft rod and FD 4000 reel to fish a 2½ Swan Bobber float with maggots as hookbait.
“The reel was the Drennan FD4000 – a fantastic reel !!!!” Mario commented.
For full details on the FD4000 reel as used by Mario to trot for Italian Barbel, click here.
Midlands specimen angler Ashley Burton, from Hinckley, has sent us details and these fab photos from his memorable recent sessions on the River Trent, catching both specimen Barbel and Chub!
In the past few weeks Ash has had Barbel to 13lb 6oz (part of hat-trick of doubles), Chub to 6lb and Bream to 7lb – fishing Bang tidy baits Shellfish-Peach Boilies in conjunction with PVA bags of freebies and crushed baits on Drennan Super Specialist Barbel hooks. The river was carrying extra water so big baits were working well.
For full details on the famous Super Specialist Barbel hook pattern, click here.
Thank you to Mark Simmonds from St Neots for this photo of a 10lb 11oz Zander from the Great Ouse.
It was actually Mark’s first Zander of the season (a fine start!) – and came just a few minutes after casting out! Mark used Drennan 7-Strand 24lb trace wire through to a Mackerel head section, and also added an 11lb Pike and a 3lb Eel.
Check out the range of Drennan Trace Wires here.
Yorkshire’s Stuart Walker sent us this terrific picture of a double-figure Bream caught from a big 90-acre Northern Mere.
Stu spotted some rolling fish in the morning mist at around 70 yards range. After 20 minutes spodding bait he cast a Drennan 45g Flat Method Feeder baited with green Swim Stim Groundbait laced with pellets, hemp and dead maggots. Hookbait was a pellet tipped with plastic corn.
Stu tells us that the first bite came after just 1 minute – a new personal best 10lbs 14oz! The next 15 minutes were hectic with fish of 9lb 14oz and 8lbs 2oz coming to the net, but then the mere went dead for the rest of the day as the sun came out and the water went flat calm…
For full details on the Heavyweight Flat Method Feeder as used by Stu for the Bream fishing, click here.
Stu and Bob Roberts have a brilliant new DVD set out (using lots of items of Drennan tackle!) – “Caught In the Act Part 3 & 4” for further details click here.
Thank you to fisheries consultant Adam Fisher for sending us this magnificent photo of a specimen River Wye Barbel!
Adam’s Wye Barbel best had stood for 10 years before this exceptional fish of 11lb 2oz graced his landing net – his only bite of the day in question.
Adam was using one of our Super Specialist Twistlock Landing Net handles, which he finds the best tool for the job from high awkward banks.
Young Oliver Jenkinson, aged 14, from Bedfordshire has enjoyed a spectacular season, catching big fish by design on a really consistent basis! The culmination of hard work is this quite superb Chub weighing 7lb 2oz from the Ouse system, which won him a deserved weekly Drennan Cup award in Angling Times last week.
Ollie described to us his ‘true red letter day’, when after locating some fish in proximity to a snag he was able to go back and catch them by presenting a natural Lobworm hook-bait. First he caught a wonderful brace of Perch scaling 3lb 2oz and 3lb, before hooking the super-Chub he’d spotted earlier in the swim.
“The fight was amazing and I could see in the clear water that I was connected to a large Chub, more than likely the one I’d seen in the snags!” explained Ollie.
A simple running leger rig using 2 x float stops (so Ollie could adjust the length of his hooklink) on 8lb Supplex Line to a size 8 Super Specialist Barbel hook was all Ollie needed to catch these super fish.
For full details on the marvellous Supplex mono as used by Oliver, click here.
Coventry’s famous specimen hunter Phil Smith has sent us some lovely photos of Spanish Roach like this beauty from the River Ebro, taking fish to 2lb 8oz during a recent trip.
Phil used his Drennan Medium Feeder 11ft 6in to 13ft combo rod (at maximum length) – which was useful to help keep the rods out of the rocks in the nearside bank. Terminal tackle included a 35gm Stainless Oval Cage Feeder to either size 10 Wide Gape Specialist or Kamasan B980 hooks on a 4lb Fluorocarbon hooklengths.
Phil also had a go for the big carp, and was delighted to catch a new personal best Common of 44lb 14oz!
For full details on the Stainless Oval Cage Feeders, click here.
Martin Bowler caught this magnificent 14lb 9oz Thames Barbel a few weeks ago using one of the Drennan Specialist Barbel rods he helped us design!
This fish made it 7 different UK rivers from which Martin has caught a 14lb+ specimen from, a most impressive record indeed. The Barbel was fooled with a Richworth Xtracta Boilie, presented hair-rigged to a size 8 Drennan Continental Boilie hook.
The fish put up a tremendous scrap with the river up and coloured, and was landed on 15lb Fluorocarbon mainline on a Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 12ft 1.75lb rod.
Young Oxford angler Bruno Rogers has sent us this photo of a sensational Roach caught from the River Thames last Winter.
Bruno cleverly targeted an area where ducks regularly get fed bread, and as evening fell he cast a simple leger rig comprising a 3 Swan Link Leger to a Drennan Polemaster Fluorocarbon hooklength and a Wide Gape Specialist hook baited with a piece of Flake. He also squeezed a little flake around the Shot to introduce feed in immediate proximity to the hookbait – good tactics!
The huge Roach weighed an astonishing 3lb 1oz and appeared in Angling Times at the time!
For full details on the Fluorocarbon hooklength Bruno used, click here.