“Monster PB” Recently, during a club comp held at Loskop Dam, Gareth Drayden, owner of local brand Hillbilly Poisen had the good fortune of landing his new PB. – Gareth Dryden
Recently, during a club comp held at Loskop Dam, Gareth Drayden, owner of local brand Hillbilly Poisen had the good fortune of landing his new PB. With recent high temperatures and those ever present late afternoon thundershowers, Gareth knew that he had his work cut out for him.
In the previous days, a couple of solid fish had been caught between 5 and 10ft of water and it seemed that the fish were trying to hug the thermocline where cooler water would make things more comfortable for them. A friend of his had caught a healthy 3.6kg fish on a 15ft contour line and this got him thinking that instead of fishing really deep, maybe it was best to check out the mid water depth between 12 and 18ft of water. Gareth knew of a spot in particular that held some good brush piles in around 17ft of water and decided to work that area using a big Brush Hog. After not getting much, he decided to combine the deep brush together with some rocks again in 17ft of water. He quickly landed two solid keepers and the spot went quiet. He gave the spot a rest for a few hours and then returned later.
After tying on a half ounce Hillbilly Poisen Watermelon Red jig, he worked the same are again but much slower and right on the bottom. At one point he thought he had been snagged up due to the rocks and brush. After jerking on the line, twitching the rod tip and pulling to get his line free of the snag, he then pulled much harder to either pull free or to snap the line and start over. As he pulled with more force, the rod bucked and the line pulled back. This is when he lowered the tip and struck hard into whatever was pulling back. For a moment nothing happened and then all hell broke loose as this monster fish kept trying to dodge near the bottom and trying to get the line snagged up on the rocks and brush. A couple of times the line could be felt scraping along the rocks but, suddenly she was loose and headed to the surface where she exploded in a fountain of spray. Only then did Gareth realize how big the fish was and after some heart stopping moments managed to get the net under the fish and lift her out of the water. Laughingly he thought that this fish might not even fit into the net at all. A very proud moment indeed came down to this and sealed his new PB.
The fish was then weighed later and held up for a few photos and then released to grow even bigger and hopefully to provide the same thrill to another fortunate angler sometime in the future.
*Gareth Dryden is a humble, yet a highly competitive individual, who takes pride in everything he does and is always striving to do his best, but also willing to impart his knowledge onto upcoming fishermen. For him fishing is not just a sport but a way of life, incorporating family and everyday life experiences who fishes the Cast-for-cash FLW tournament under team Hillbilly Poisen.