Category Archives: Specimen

Specimen Rudd Using Drennan Hooks To Nylon

Neill Stephen has caught this mag­ni­fi­cent 4lb rudd from Buckland Lake Fishery on float-fished sweetcorn.


Few people can lay claim to such a specimen-sized fish, yet the former Drennan Cup Champion was very modest about the feat:

Chalk-Pit-Rudd2“I just got very lucky!” he humbly explained. “It was taken in the early morning on float fished sweet­corn in the mar­gins using a size 14 Drennan Wide Gape 4lb Hooks To Nylon, a Loaded Crystal Waggler, 4lb Super Specialist main line and a Drennan IM8 Specimen Float rod.

“We weighed it on three dif­ferent sets of scales and it registered 4lb exactly on all three. It came after fish of 2lb 14oz, 2lb 15oz and 3lb 2oz and numerous smaller fish. The fish looked massive but a lot of the weight was car­ried in front of its dorsal, as it was incred­ibly wide across the back. It meas­ured 19” nose to tail point with a 14.5” girth.

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Catch More Fish From Weirs

roger-marlowRoger Marlow shows you how to tackle tricky weir pool swims in the latest issue of Angling Times, out today.

The England Veteran and Drennan Leicester team man shows you there is nothing to fear when it comes to extracting fish from an intim­id­ating river swim.

Also inside, intrepid big-fish angler, Martin Bowler, shows how to catch sea fish on coarse gear.

ATAugust19CoverThere is also the full report on Drennan Barnsley Blacks’ latest big team win and a spe­cial Where to Fish pull-out guide with over 1000 venues to fish!

The Angling Times is in all good news­agents each Tuesday and also avail­able in digital form for iOS and Android devices.

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Wide Gape Hooks Prove ‘Invaluable’ For Chub

Christian Barker has cer­tainly had a good season so far with some size­able chub coming his way, including the mus­cular 5lb 9oz sample pictured.


christian-chub2“I have been using simple tac­tics, including free-lining nat­ural baits, bread and luncheon meat,” he explains. “I have been using either my Matchpro Medium Feeder rod — an awe­some tool, with plenty of back­bone to tease fish out of dense weed — or my classic Drennan Super Specialist 1.5lb test.

“I have also been exper­i­menting with the Wide Gape Specialist hook pat­tern this year. They give a better hook up when using insect baits and have proved invaluable!”

wide-gape-specialist-hooksThe Drennan Wide Gape Specialist is an eyed pat­tern that is avail­able in both Barbed and Barbless designs. This super-strong, forged hook has a bronze finish, short shank and spe­cial bend with a curved, chem­ic­ally etched needle point. It is a reli­able choice when tar­geting all manner of quality fish, such as chub, tench, carp and barbel.

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