Over it's 34-year history, the Drennan Specimen Cup – which runs in Angling Times – has only ever been won more than once by four anglers. And now, Staffordshire rod Dai Gribble joins this illustrious group of specimen hunters.
"I feel really privileged to win," says Dai. "It's THE prize to win in specimen fishing. When the Cup began I'd hoped I'd catch a fish big enough to win a Weekly Award. I never believed I'd win it once, let alone twice."
Dai won five weekly awards, including two tench to 11lb 6oz, a 15lb 13oz bream, a 32lb 4oz pike and a 3lb 3oz. A magnificent year, backed up by lots of other captures of big fish.
"I had plans to fish all but one of the waters where I caught the Weekly Award-winning fish. The exception was the first award (a 10lb 5oz tench) which I caught while preparing for a guiding session," smiles Dai. "It's fair to say I had my share of luck. Three of my fish came on my first visit to the venue. In fact, they all came on my second cast, proving location is nearly as important as being lucky."
It's fair to say Dai clocked up some miles in his fishing this year. Living in Stafford, Dai has little choice but to travel to catch big fish. Despite the miles, Dai enjoyed every minute of it.
"I certainly don't only fish for personal bests, as some anglers do. It's good to go fishing for big fish. I fish to catch fish – not to win prizes. The beauty of being an all-round angler is that there is always something to target."
Congratulations to Dai from everybody here at Korum. What a mightily impressive year, once again.