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