Terry Lampard took a giant step towards an unprecedented seventh Drennan Cup title this week by catching a fantastic 3lb 2oz river roach, and then revealed the secret weapon in his tackle box...the energy drink Red Bull!
The Dorset-based angling legend, who has now taken an incredible 11 redfins over the magical 3lb barrier from running water, caught the impressive specimen at the end of three consecutive gruelling day sessions on a Wessex river.
Prior to banking it just into dusk on the final evening, the 61-year-old had just a tiny 4oz roach to show for his efforts. And, if it hadn’t been for his fondness of Red Bull, Terry might have missed the all-important bite.
He said: “I trotted with bread during the day but didn’t have a touch, so switched to a feeder and liquidised bread just on dark, and got the bite shortly after. It was a slow, dogged fight, so I knew it was a big ‘un.
Playing big roach is always terrifying, and I was praying it wouldn’t come off.” To tame the rare river specimen, Terry put his faith in a 3lb hooklink and size 14 Drennan Carbon Specimen hook. However, he also believes that his fondness for Red Bull has a crucial part to play in his ongoing success.
“I first drank it a few years ago when I was driving home from a long day’s fishing and needed a boost. Since then, I seem to have developed a bit of a taste for it and now drink at least a few cans every day. It keeps the concentration levels topped up so you could say that Red Bull has probably caught me a few fish on gruelling days when I would have otherwise missed bites due to tiredness!” The roach falls just 3oz short of Terry’s personal best for the species, a fish taken from the Dorset Stour way back in February 1989.