Thank you to Jack Pells from Surrey for pictures of some early Spring Floater-caught 20lb Carp.
“I noticed that the carp on my local club water seemed to be moving around on the top lately so I popped over there to do some floater fishing and managed to trick a 23lb 8oz mirror. I caught it on the ESP MKII Floater rod and used a little 5 gram Drennan Surface Controller as I didn’t want to scare them off with a huge splash! It put up a great scrap and playing it on the ESP rod was superb! Light enough to hold and carry around the lake but powerful enough to put a stop to the runs the fish went on!” explained Jack.
“I saw a big pair of lips appear, then the carp turned its head and the controller sailed across the surface. I struck and it was just solid for a moment, if I hadn’t had know better I would have thought I had hooked the bottom!
I then had another 20 on the same method last night after work. The trusty old Drennan 5 gram Controller worked again. Was perfect for getting enough distance with as little disturbance to the fish as possible! 20lb on the nose.”
For full details on the Drennan Surface Controllers as used by Jack, click here.
CONGRATULATIONS to Northampton’s Jamie Cartwright, voted the 2013–14 Drennan Cup Winner! Jamie is shown here with a brace of Chub caught from consecutive casts in October, which weighed 7lb oz and 7lb 1oz.
Jamie enjoyed a spectacular season studded with huge fish of various species – including specimen Chub, Bream, Perch, Barbel and Rudd – winning four weekly awards during the course of the year.
This was enough to win enough votes from fellow specimen anglers, all previous winners of weekly awards, and narrowly pip 2012–13 Champion Gareth Goldson. Gareth delivered an equally stellar season which could have easily seen him retain the trophy.
Jamie wins a cheque for £2000 and will be presented with the famous trophy as soon as it can be arranged – pictures to follow!
1st: Jamie Cartwright
2nd: Gareth Goldson
3rd: Dr Paul Garner
4th: Steve Russell
Many thanks to Daniel Gale for this report of an early season gravel pit tench, caught using Drennan feeders.
The Hampshire based Fishery Studies Lecturer told us “The fish weighs 7lb 10oz and was part of a 12 fish catch including two more over 7lb. All the fish were caught on either popped up corn or maggots with Drennan inline flatbed method or maggot feeders fished over silkweed at around 25yds.”
For more information on Drennan feeders, click here.