Martin Bowler continues his Thailand adventure in this week’s Angling Times, banking numerous fish, including a stunning arapaima.
Pictured is a great action shot of Martin doing battle with one of the lake’s monsters, caught using one of our Skud floats.
Drennan Skuds are loaded long-range wagglers with a bulbous body just below the tip to aid stability when casting and to reduce the dive depth on impact. They clearly also make a nice float choice for more ‘unusual’ styles of fishing!
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Durham-based all-rounder Simon Ashton has recently managed to beat his personal best for pike with an impressive fish of 24lb 3oz.
Simon caught this fish just after first light from a northern stillwater using his ever-faithful 12ft E-Sox Piker Bait Rod, coupled with a reel loaded with 18lb ESP Syncro XT Loaded main line. The business end consisted of a simple running leger with a trace made up of 40lb E-Sox Super Trace Pike Wire and size 6 Semi-barbed Extra Strong Trebles.
Freezing temperatures weren’t enough to keep reigning Drennan Cup champion Jamie Cartwright away from the river bank as he braved the elements to bank this impressive 7lb 10oz chub.
The Northampton Specimen Group member only need 20 minutes on the River Great Ouse in order to fool the specimen chub.
Jamie used his “ever faithful” Drennan 12ft 1.5lb Specialist Avon/Quiver, 10lb Feeder & Method Mono, a 1.5oz in-line lead, 15lb ESP Two-Tone hooklink to a size 8 Curve Shank hook.
He baited the swim with a few small pieces of CC Moore Odyssey XXX paste before setting up. The specimen took a matching boilie wrapped in the same paste that he used to prime his chosen spot.
“The day started with my alarm going off at 4.00am and I was faced with a 95-mile drive to my chosen venue,” explained Jamie. “When I got there, the weather took a turn for the worse, so I decided to drive all of the way home and fish a swim that I’d never targeted for chub. The weather was better and this just goes to show that when it comes to catching big fish you have to go with your instincts.”
This fantastic capture earned Jamie a weekly Drennan Cup award in Angling Times on the 10th of February.