DAI GRIBBLE: Drennan Cup Tench
THE year 2015 saw Dai Gribble win specimen angling’s most prestigious awards, following a tench fishing campaign that will probably never be matched.
The angler from Stafford was crowned the Drennan Cup Winner for the season after netting a staggering 16 double-figure tench – a feat that will go down in angling history as one of the finest for the species.
The Korum-backed angler’s incredible journey began in May when he targeted Medway Valley Fisheries and banked a tench of 13lb 13oz, backed up by no fewer than seven other double-figure specimens.
Just a few weeks later he switched to another venue and made tench fishing history when he banked the biggest-ever tench caught by design, weighing in at a colossal 14lb 12oz. It later graced his net for a second time at a weight of 14lb 13oz.
Dai’s summer campaign was rounded off when he struck gold again, this time with another species – a 20lb 10oz bream that saw him win his third and final weekly award of the season, enough to beat Yorkshireman Tony Smith into second place.
Dai’s superb catches all fell to a simple maggot feeder rig fished helicopter style with three fake casters hair-rigged to a size 10 hook on a short, 6ins hook-length of 10lb mono.
Dai Gribble with his 14lb 12oz super-tench.