Category Archives: Specimen

Best Year Yet For Specimen Catches

Drennan-Cup-Weekly-Winner2014 is “the best year yet” for the Angling Times’ pres­ti­gious Drennan Cup competition!

That’s the ver­dict of editor Steve Fitzpatrick in the latest issue, who adds: “A record breaking 60 Drennan Cup awards have already been made since this year’s com­pet­i­tion kicked off in April, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing.”

The famous Drennan Cup – the biggest prize in specimen angling!Drennan Cup prizes are awarded to anglers who have caught spe­cimen fish by design. Weekly win­ners receive an £80 prize, while the overall cham­pion each season gets £2,000 plus that all-important trophy.

It doesn’t matter what spe­cies you’ve caught, let the Angling Times know all about it on 01733 395105 and you could be one of those lucky winners.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Drennan Cup win­ners and their catches.


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Martin Bowler On Specimen Roach

Martin Bowler is the cover star of this week’s Angling Times. Inside, the ‘Catching The Impossible’ tele­vi­sion star passes on some of his immense know­ledge on spe­cimen roach.


Also inside, Paul Yates spends a ses­sion after skimmer bream to demon­strate the thinking pro­cesses a top matchman goes through as he strives to target bigger and better fish.

The latest issue of Angling Times hits the shops on Tuesday and is also avail­able on Android and iOS devices.

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Stealthy Approach Leads To 11lb 4oz Barbel

A mobile strategy res­ulted in this fine barbel from the River Nene for Stewart Moss.11lb-4oz-Nene-Barbel

“It was 11lb 4oz and fell to a stealthy approach, single rod and min­imal gear and just fishing various swims for an hour at a time before creeping in to the next one,” Stewart explained. “After fishing various swims, the first bite came just after dusk.”

The spe­cimen fish was caught on a Drennan Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel 12ft 1.75lb rod with ESP Syncro 12lb main line to a run­ning lead setup. A paste-wrapped boilie was hair-rigged to a size 10 Kamasan Barbel Maxx hook on a stripped-back ESP Two Tone hook link.

A great start to Stewart’s autumn barbel campaign!

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