Huge tench smashes PB of former Drennan Cup champ


by Freddie Sandford |
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This spring, former Drennan Cup winner Alan Stagg has endured a brutal tench campaign on what he describes as ‘the most challenging venue he’s ever fished’. But, after a ‘long old slog’, on a recent session he was finally rewarded with this superb 11lb 14oz fish – a new PB for the species.

The venue in question is a vast 270-acre southern pit that holds a very low stock of fish. As such, Alan found that a minimal baiting approach, fishing for just one bite at a time, was the way to go, with this fish coming from a spot 20 yards out where he’d fed just two handfuls of bait.

His successful hookbait was a bunch of maggots presented on a size 8 Target Specimen Barbel hook, which he tied to a fluorocarbon hooklink and fished below a 2oz inline lead. A three-foot Plummet leadcore leader kept things pinned down, out the way of any passing fish.

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An amazing 11lb 14oz tench for Alan Stagg.
An amazing 11lb 14oz tench for Alan Stagg.
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