Surprise 'Snakes' For Gary

Gary Barclay with his impressive catch of 'snakes'.
Gary Barclay with his impressive catch of ‘snakes’.

Drennan Oxford have been catching some quality fish on the Stainforth & Keadby Canal at Thorne in readiness for the Team Champs Final this weekend.

Tony Hobbs has had some success with quality bream and, during one team line-up, Gary Barclay managed four huge eels to 2lb 9oz for a good 8lb of his 12lb total weight!

“I got some local advice from one of the Drennan Barnsley Blacks. He said to fish maggots down the middle for eels and chopped worm and caster across for bream. It ended up being the exact opposite, as I had the eels across over chopped worm and my bream over my maggot line down the middle! 

Tony Hobbs with a quality net of canal bream.
Tony Hobbs’ net of bream.

“I got the eels out on a strong 0.12mm Fluorocarbon hooklength and yellow Carp Bungee elastic. I used a size 18 Kamasan B560 for maggot and a size 16 for worms. The float was a 0.5g AS1 fished in around 5ft of water.

“The eels were as thick as your arm and looked more like snakes, so when team mate Carl Eland saw them he ran away petrified!”

Good luck to all the Drennan teams competing this weekend!