Dai Gribble 11lb 4oz Tench

Dai Gribble proved the merits of moving swims to stay on the fish when he banked this fine 11lb 4oz tench from an East Anglian pit.

It’s the first double-figure specimen the two-time Drennan Cup winner has landed this season, having caught two tench that came agonisingly close at 9lb 15oz apiece during a previous session.

It came about after the 57-year-old, from Stafford, switched swims twice in six hours after spotting fish rolling in other areas of the lake. Over the duration of his three-night session Dai banked a total of 16 tench, including one other over 9lb.

They all fell to worm hookbaits mounted on a size 10 wide gape hook and short coated braid hooklinks, fished alongside inline swimfeeders containing chopped worms, red maggots and peat. He targeted a gully between two large weedbeds to take the biggest of his haul.