DAI GRIB­BLE: Dren­nan Cup Tench

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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.

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