Category Archives: Specimen

Jack Pells Floater Caught 20lb+ Carp

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.

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Jamie Cartwright wins the 2013–14 Drennan Cup!

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!

Final Result:

1st: Jamie Cartwright

2nd: Gareth Goldson

3rd: Dr Paul Garner

4th: Steve Russell

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Daniel Gale’s Early Season Tench Success

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.

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