Category Archives: Specimen

In Search Of Big Reservoir Perch

Durham based spe­cimen angler Simon Ashton recently spent the day afloat on a mid­lands reser­voir in search of a mon­ster perch.

Si_1“I struggled in the morning only landing one perch and a small pike, so I decided to move and fish close to a con­crete struc­ture. A couple of casts later and small bait fish started to scatter. It was only a matter of time before I would get a take,” explained Simon.

His boat partner Stephen was the first to receive a take, which res­ulted in an immacu­late perch of 4lb 1oz! Then straight after Simon hooked into another quality perch which weighed 3lb 12oz.

After that it went quiet, and he changed over to a brighter drop­shot lure and began to work it in the deeper water. About an hour later Simon landed his last fish of the day which nudged the scales to bang on 3lb.

Simon’s main set-up con­sisted of a 5ft 6lb E-Sox Dropshot Fluorocarbon leader, to which he tied a size 6 Kamasan hook using a palomar knot and a 8g E-Sox Dropshot Bomb Weight attached to the tail end of line about 8″ away from the hook.

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New Personal Best Barbel For Stew!

Drennan’s Stewart Moss was delighted to land this spe­cimen barbel from a
mid­lands river recently, which weighed in at 16lb 5oz, nar­rowly set­ting a new
per­sonal best for the spe­cies by ounces.


The plump fish was tripped up by a simple legered CC Moores Meteor Boilie presented to a Kamasan Barbel Maxx hook with a small mesh bag of bait. Stew fished whilst the river was heavily col­oured and almost bursting it’s banks – a time when even pres­sured barbel can lose their cau­tion and feed really hard. It was hooked during the classic “just got prop­erly dark time” and put up a ter­rific battle, with driving rain into the head torch making vis­ib­ility difficult.

“This big old girl is an inter­esting fish as it’s been a fairly reg­ular vis­itor to the bank over the years and is cap­able of big weight fluc­tu­ations – for­tu­nately I caught it when it had plainly been on a big feeding binge, as it was as fat as a pig ready for market!” explained Stewart.

The barbel was landed on one of the fab­ulous 12ft Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 1.75lb rods and 15lb ESP Syncro line.

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First Cast Tempts Big Pike At Chew

Reigning 2013–14 Drennan Cup Winner Jamie Cartwright has been afloat on Chew Valley reser­voir trying to track down one of it’s monsters.

Jamie's Chew Pike

Jamie didn’t have to wait long for a bite on his second day at Chew, as his first cast res­ulted in this impressive pike of 25lb 2oz which took a float fished bluey.

“It is my biggest boat-caught pike to date and put up a great fight, but my E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line was more than up to the task! Unfortunately the wind really got up in the after­noon and we had to move to a more sheltered spot” explained Jamie.

E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line is tough and dur­able with reli­ably high knot strength. It is ideal for lure fishing, dead­baiting and all pred­ator fishing applications.

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