Drennan’s Jack Griffiths can usually be found working in our rod building on a range of things, but this time we find him playing, and landing, a 102lb fish on a 12ft Waggler! Over to Jack…
‘Last week I traveled to Rock lakes in central France with the aim of catching a new PB carp which at that time stood at 26lb. The lake is 12 acres in size and has a good head of carp to 56lbs and catfish to 190lbs.
The lake itself is circular with one island and a narrow channel which passes between the island and the bank on the far side. This leads to a really carpy corner. It is generally quite shallow with it being a maximum of 4 foot deep across the whole lake.
One afternoon I thought it would be a good idea to rest the swim and take a walk down to that little corner with my Drennan Waggler rod and a pot of worms to see if I could stalk myself a carp or two.’
That move paid off for me that’s for sure, within 30 seconds of casting the float out it had sailed under again . The rod hooped over and before I could react there was 90+ yards taken off line off my reel. I knew that whatever was on the end was large! It was quite apparent that the Series 7 12ft Waggler rod with 12lb Supplex mono I was using was being tested to its limit!
Initially I had thoughts running through my head that this perhaps was the big black lake record mirror and as I saw the fish roll at 50 yards and all I could see was a long dark mysterious shape. My heart skipped a beat and I knew I had to land this fish whatever it was.’
At the end of the week I ended up with 40 fish which included carp up to 40lb. John did equally well with 37 fish, with carp to 43lbs.
I still can’t believe I managed to land such a large catfish on my waggler rod but it just shows that it is truly amazing what can be achieved when fishing and this will be a memory in that I will never forget!’