Durham based specimen angler Simon Ashton recently spent the day afloat on a midlands reservoir in search of a monster perch.
“I struggled in the morning only landing one perch and a small pike, so I decided to move and fish close to a concrete structure. A couple of casts later and small bait fish started to scatter. It was only a matter of time before I would get a take,” explained Simon.
His boat partner Stephen was the first to receive a take, which resulted in an immaculate perch of 4lb 1oz! Then straight after Simon hooked into another quality perch which weighed 3lb 12oz.
After that it went quiet, and he changed over to a brighter dropshot lure and began to work it in the deeper water. About an hour later Simon landed his last fish of the day which nudged the scales to bang on 3lb.
Simon’s main set-up consisted of a 5ft 6lb E-Sox Dropshot Fluorocarbon leader, to which he tied a size 6 Kamasan hook using a palomar knot and a 8g E-Sox Dropshot Bomb Weight attached to the tail end of line about 8″ away from the hook.
Drennan’s Stewart Moss was delighted to land this specimen barbel from a
midlands river recently, which weighed in at 16lb 5oz, narrowly setting a new
personal best for the species by ounces.
The plump fish was tripped up by a simple legered CC Moores Meteor Boilie presented to a Kamasan Barbel Maxx hook with a small mesh bag of bait. Stew fished whilst the river was heavily coloured and almost bursting it’s banks – a time when even pressured barbel can lose their caution and feed really hard. It was hooked during the classic “just got properly dark time” and put up a terrific battle, with driving rain into the head torch making visibility difficult.
“This big old girl is an interesting fish as it’s been a fairly regular visitor to the bank over the years and is capable of big weight fluctuations – fortunately I caught it when it had plainly been on a big feeding binge, as it was as fat as a pig ready for market!” explained Stewart.
The barbel was landed on one of the fabulous 12ft Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 1.75lb rods and 15lb ESP Syncro line.
Reigning 2013–14 Drennan Cup Winner Jamie Cartwright has been afloat on Chew Valley reservoir trying to track down one of it’s monsters.
Jamie didn’t have to wait long for a bite on his second day at Chew, as his first cast resulted in this impressive pike of 25lb 2oz which took a float fished bluey.
“It is my biggest boat-caught pike to date and put up a great fight, but my E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line was more than up to the task! Unfortunately the wind really got up in the afternoon and we had to move to a more sheltered spot” explained Jamie.
E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line is tough and durable with reliably high knot strength. It is ideal for lure fishing, deadbaiting and all predator fishing applications.