Cambridge-based all-rounder Mark Simmonds was finally rewarded with a big chub from the River Great Ouse.
After landing numerous smaller fish on previous sessions, Mark was pleased to finally land his quarry in less than ideal conditions.
Mark explains how the session unfolded: “With recent rainfall the Great Ouse was in less than ideal conditions. I decided to fish a local stretch and located a large slack on the far bank. I primed the swim with a handful of my home made boilies on arrival and left it to rest while setting up.
“Due to the conditions a standard quiver tip set up wouldn’t be suitable, the flow between myself and the slack was too great. Instead, I opted for a 1.25 Specialist Avon Quiver rod, using the Avon top rather than the usual quiver tip section. I used a simple lead clip arrangement and a short hooklink made up of Super Specialist Sink Braid and a size 6 Drennan Wide Gape Specialist Hook, to which I hair rigged a single boilie and wrapped it in paste.
“I received a tentative pluck early on in the evening and a few rattles on the tip the following cast, this time removing the boilie from the hair. I baited the swim with a few more boilies by hand and recast to the same spot. Moments later the tip was bouncing around and I was into my first 6 of the winter. It went 6lb 3oz on the scales, great fun in conditions I was expecting to blank!”
Dean Derbyshire enjoyed a catch of a lifetime while targeting grayling on the River Frome in Dorset.
Starting the session off with a maggot feeder, it only took a few minutes before his quivertip swung round and he was soon looking down into the net at a 3lb 2oz grayling – a huge grayling by anyone’s standards and a fish of a lifetime!
After that initial bite, Dean struggled the rest of the morning with only a few small fish up to 8oz to show for his efforts. Then, just as the heavens opened in the afternoon, he was rewarded with yet another huge specimen, this time a fraction bigger at 3lb 3oz!
The downfall this time was a single piece of corn presented on a size 12 Drennan Super Specialist hook which was trotted through the swim under a Drennan Loafer float.
“Drennan Loafers are perfect for a River like the Frome. They are unobtrusive and their buoyancy offers excellent visibility in turbulent water, making these my favourite choice when trotting for grayling,” Dean explained.
This fantastic capture earned Dean a weekly Drennan Cup award in Angling Times on the 13th of January.
Cheshire-based pike specialist, Kev Shore, has definitely been putting his E-Sox Piker braid to the test this season with a string of huge pike from Chew Valley Lake.
Kev has had an incredible season so far on Chew. In the first three weeks of it opening this season he has landed four 30s to 35lb (pictured above) and numerous big 20 pounders, all caught on float-fished smelt. Undoubtedly the top rod!
Kev was one of four that tested our new E-Sox braids throughout 2012, prior to it’s launch, and he caught all of these fish on the 75lb breaking strain E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line.
“All of my pike over the past two years were caught on 75lb Piker Braid,” Kev commented. “It is the best braid I have used, never having had a problem with it. I am still using the original test braid now!”