2014 is “the best year yet” for the Angling Times’ prestigious Drennan Cup competition!
That’s the verdict of editor Steve Fitzpatrick in the latest issue, who adds: “A record breaking 60 Drennan Cup awards have already been made since this year’s competition kicked off in April, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing.”
Drennan Cup prizes are awarded to anglers who have caught specimen fish by design. Weekly winners receive an £80 prize, while the overall champion each season gets £2,000 plus that all-important trophy.
It doesn’t matter what species you’ve caught, let the Angling Times know all about it on 01733 395105 and you could be one of those lucky winners.
Click here to see all of the 2014 Drennan Cup winners and their catches.
Martin Bowler is the cover star of this week’s Angling Times. Inside, the ‘Catching The Impossible’ television star passes on some of his immense knowledge on specimen roach.
Also inside, Paul Yates spends a session after skimmer bream to demonstrate the thinking processes a top matchman goes through as he strives to target bigger and better fish.
The latest issue of Angling Times hits the shops on Tuesday and is also available on Android and iOS devices.
A mobile strategy resulted in this fine barbel from the River Nene for Stewart Moss.
“It was 11lb 4oz and fell to a stealthy approach, single rod and minimal gear and just fishing various swims for an hour at a time before creeping in to the next one,” Stewart explained. “After fishing various swims, the first bite came just after dusk.”
The specimen fish was caught on a Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 12ft 1.75lb rod with ESP Syncro 12lb main line to a running lead setup. A paste-wrapped boilie was hair-rigged to a size 10 Kamasan Barbel Maxx hook on a stripped-back ESP Two Tone hook link.
A great start to Stewart’s autumn barbel campaign!