New Drennan Tackle!

Fantastic new Drennan releases coming to a tackle shop near you!

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Our Autumn tackle launch includes Compact Acolyte rods, Float Fish line, Drennan luggage and EVA accessories.

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All Set For The Trent Masters Final

This Sunday September 25th is the Grand Final of the Drennan Coors Trent Masters!

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Joff Woodgett's winning catch.

Joff Woodgett’s winning catch.

Seven hotly contested qualifying matches have produced 51 finalists. They will now be competing for a £2,000 prize fund, plus Acolyte float rods and Drennan luggage.

Last year’s Final was won by Joff Woodgett with 22lb of dace and roach on the waggler. There is an equally impressive field this year, which includes top quality river experts and ex-World Champions.

After a 10-day rest, we expect the river at Burton on Trent to be be in great form. Good luck to all!

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New Video: Tackling The River Wye With Alan Scotthorne & Peter Drennan

Check out our latest video where Alan Scotthorne joins Peter Drennan on a stretch of the River Wye to target barbel, but with a slight twist!

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Rather than fishing for the barbel using standard feeder tactics, Alan Scotthorne tried his luck using a tactic that is not very often used here in the UK, the flat float.

To see how they got on you can watch the full-length video by clicking here.

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Bagging Up At Todber Manor

We had a great day yesterday filming with Grant Albutt at the excellent Todber Manor Fishery!

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The commercial master passed on some sound tips and advice, which we hope to share with you all very soon!

Todber Manor is nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside and caters for match, pleasure and specimen anglers alike. It has ample facilities including a really well stocked on-site tackle shop. Visit www.todbermanor.co.uk to learn more about this brilliant fishery.

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Predator Trip To Holland

Simon Ashton made the journey over to Holland for a couple of days predator fishing on a large delta where seven rivers run into one with top guide Willem Stolk.

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The specialist all-rounder used a variety of E-sox Dropshot Lures and small crank baits such as the E-Sox Pug’s to catch perch, zander and even asp on his recent trip.

“The best approach has been using E-Sox Pugs fished on a fast retrieve alongside rocky margins and outcrops.”

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The Frank Barlow Memorial

This year’s Frank Barlow Memorial match is being held on the River Trent on the 28th of September.

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The River Trent at Burton has been in great form so far this year.

Andy Taft's winning bag from last year.

Andy Taft’s winning bag from last year.

This year is the 20th memorial match and will once again be held on the River Trent at Burton on Trent. The river is in excellent form with plenty of fish being caught on waggler, stick float and pole tactics. Last year’s event saw Andy Taft lift the trophy with a fine 20lb catch of mostly roach and the organisers expect plenty of double-figure catches this year as well.

There will be 70 pegs available with fishing from 12pm to 5pm. The draw starts at 9.30am at the Washlands Sports Club, Burton on Trent (postcode DE14 1TD).

Tickets are £30 with pegs fees and monies raised from the raffle going to the Nottingham City Hospital Cancer Ward where Frank was treated. To book on, call Matchman Supplies on 0115 981 3834.

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Thames Champs Victory For Drennan Oxford

Drennan Oxford’s winning streak continues after taking home the Thames Championship trophy at the weekend.

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The winning team: (From left) Tom Hobbs, Steve Harwood, Mick Denton, Steve Townsend, Paul Glenfield, Tony Hobbs.

The prestigious Thames Championship is one of the longest running competitions in match fishing and this year saw 22 teams of six lining the banks of the famous river from Lechlade through to Rushey.

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Mick Denton with his third-place catch.

Oxford took both 1st and 2nd team places but it was Drennan Oxford Yellow that ultimately came out on top with a fantastic 117 points from a possible 132! The team of Tom Hobbs, Steve Harwood, Mick Denton, Steve Townsend, Paul Glenfield and Tony Hobbs used all of their knowledge and experience of the river to take the victory. Mick Denton also put in a captain’s innings and finished third overall with some quality chub for 18lb 14oz.

Team Garbolino’s Ed Warren won the event individually with 26lb 14oz of chub on chopped worm from Clanfield. Local expert Paul Passmore (Devizes MG) was second with a fine 21lb 8oz of small fish on a 3m whip and maggot.

Team Result:

  • 1st Drennan Oxford Yellow 117pts
  • 2nd Drennan Oxford Blue 94pts
  • 3rd Team Garbolino 89pts
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Quality On The Yorkshire Canal

chris-carlyle-chub-6lb-5-ozChris Carlyle had a great weekend on his local canal, which culminated in a fine 6lb 5oz specimen chub!

“I fished a swim I have been pre-baiting on my local Yorkshire Canal and had a 14lb carp and three chub,” he explained “The chub weighed 4lb 4oz, 5lb and a new PB of 6lb 5 oz!

“I used 12lb Drennan Carp Dacron, Swivel Stop Beads and a Drennan In-line Olivette as a mini running back lead.

He added, “The Drennan carp sack in the picture I have had 15+ years and it’s still going strong. Quality kit!”

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World Bronze For Team England

England win team bronze in Bulgaria. Hungary are crowned World Champions!

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Drennan Team England can hold their heads up high after a bronze-medal result in this year’s World Championship in Bulgaria. This follows their bronze medal last year in Slovenia and European silver in Holland earlier in the year.

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Rod and line tactics dominated on the Plovdiv Rowing Course.

Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Rowing Course proved to be a challenging venue with carp and carassio the key target species. The number one method for most of the nations was the rod and line, using 10g to 15g wagglers or sliders cast up to 40 metres. Each angler fed an initial bombardment of 25 to 50 ‘sausages’ of groundbait, catapulted in during the initial 10-minute pre-baiting period. This was typically a sweet, maize-based mix containing sweetcorn, bloodworm, joker and chopped worms.

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Callum Dicks in section-winning action.

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Will Raison attacks his waggler swim.

England were lying in fourth after the first day and knew they needed to be ultra-positive on Day Two to stand a chance of overtaking the early leaders Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic. While most other nations also fed long-pole swims, England made a bold gamble to conserve almost all of their 20-litre groundbait allowance for their all-important waggler line. Regular top-up volleys of three or four balls helped to pull in the inquisitive carassio before they characteristically backed off again.

Tiny sun perch could be targeted with short whips.

Tiny sun perch could be targeted with short whips.

The only other tactic in England’s armoury was a short 1.5m to 2.5m whip swim, fed with small balls of groundbait and maggots. This was merely a back-up in case anyone needed to target the tiny chub, bleak and sun perch living in the margins.

Steve Hemingray on his way to a section and match win.

Steve Hemingray on his way to a section and match win.

England’s bold gamble seemed to instantly pay off as four of the team were winning their sections at the halfway stage. They had managed to catch more bonus carp than any other nation but, as they feared, these bigger fish switched off in the third and fourth hour. It was a difficult balancing act between feeding enough bait to hold the carp but not too much to put off the cautious carassio. The smaller carassio often responded instantly to the noise of extra bait while the bigger carp seemed to require a slight pause before they would settle and feed.

One fish cost Will Raison individual gold.

One fish cost William Raison the individual gold.

William Raison had been England’s most consistent performer in practice and another individual gold medal was well within his sights after a Day One section win. He was comfortably leading his section on Day Two for three hours before being overtaken by France and Poland in the final stages. Tragically, he hooked a 2kg carp that kited to one side and interfered with a neighbour’s swim on this tightly pegged venue. This disqualified carp ultimately cost him individual gold! Will ended up with 6.34kg for a third in section with France’s Mickael Boursaud winning with 7.08kg.

Steve Hemingray's winning catch.

Steve Hemingray’s winning catch.

Elsewhere, Steve Hemingray and Callum Dicks both had excellent days, comfortably winning their sections with 8.96kg and 8.65kg respectively. These were also the top two weights on the day, proving how effective the team’s carp-based tactics had been. It was nip and tuck all the way in Des Shipp’s section and he ended up with a solid fourth with 4.79kg.

With four great point scores, all eyes were now on Sean Ashby in C Section. He had come in to replace Alan Scotthorne, who was 10th the day before, and sadly found the going equally tough. The former World Champion never caught the early carp he desperately needed and despite trying everything he ended up a disappointing 14th in section.

Co-manager Mark Downes looks on as Sean Ashby finds the going tough.

Co-manager Mark Downes looks on as Sean Ashby finds the going tough.

England matched their Day One 23-point score to finish third on the day, a point behind Hungary and just two points behind Day Two winners France. Pre-match favourites Italy surprised everyone with a disastrous second day that cost them dearly!

Overall, it was Hungary who were crowned very worthy champions after two very consistent team performances gave them a 34-point total. The Czech Republic were next on 42 points and England just four points further adrift on 46 points.

The new World Champion, Slovenia's Jernej Ambrozic.

The new World Champion, Slovenia’s Jernej Ambrozic.

Slovenia’s Jernej Ambrozic is this year’s World Champion and was the only angler to record two section wins. The Czech Republic’s Josef Konopasek took silver and Slovakia’s Rastislav Dudr took bronze, both with three points.

Bulgaria were fine hosts and the Plovdiv Rowing Course proved to be a very fair venue, albeit hot and tightly pegged. Once again, congratulations to all of the teams and individual medal winners! Next year the World Championship is in Belgium.

Day Two Result: (34 teams)

  • 1st France 21pts
  • 2nd Hungary 22pts
  • 3rd England 23pts
  • 4th Czech Republic 24pts
  • 5th Belgium 27pts
  • 6th Bulgaria 28pts

Overall Result: (34 teams)

  • 1st Hungary 34pts
  • 2nd Czech Republic 42pts
  • 3rd England 46pts
  • 4th Italy 54pts
  • 5th Sweden 58pts
  • 6th France 60pts

Individual Result:

  • 1st Jernej Ambrozic (Slovenia) 2pts (13.369kg)
  • 2nd Josef Konopasek (Czech Republic) 3pts (13.788kg)
  • 3rd Rastislav Dudr (Slovakia) 3pts (10.787kg)
  • 4th Mitja Kmetec (Slovenia) 4pts (15.556kg)
  • 5th William Raison (England) 4pts (14.884kg)
  • 6th Tamas Walter (Hungary) 4pts (11.694kg)

England Day One:

  • A Section: William Raison 1pt (8.5kg)
  • B Section: Alan Scotthorne 10pts (2.9kg)
  • C Section: Callum Dicks 4pts (4.4kg)
  • D Section: Steve Hemingray 6pts (4.2kg)
  • E Section: Des Shipp 2pts (9.8kg)

England Day Two:

  • A Section: Callum Dicks 1pt (8.6kg)
  • B Section: Des Shipp 4pts (4.7kg)
  • C Section: Sean Ashby 14pts (1.0kg)
  • D Section: William Raison 3pts (6.3kg)
  • E Section: Steve Hemingray 1pt (8.9kg)

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World Champs – Day One Report

Drennan Team England are still in contention after finishing in fourth place after Day One of the World Championship. Individual medal hopes are also high for Des Shipp and William Raison.

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Sport was tough but exciting to watch with carp and carassio on the waggler dominating. Anglers have had to battle the sweltering 30-plus degrees heat as well as the difficult to catch residents of Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Rowing Course.

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A very welcome bonus carp for Hungary!

Top on the day today was Hungary who put in a stellar team performance to post just 12 penalty points. They had a 5.783kg section win from Gabor Magyar plus three second in sections to thank and clearly had the tactics right on the day. While most nations sat it out for the all-important quality fish at range, several of their team, including Gabor, also targeted the nearside slope for tiny bleak and sun perch during the quieter periods to give them precious extra grams.

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Italy fed aggressively all day.

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An active mix worked well for Italy.

Italy went into the competition as pre-match favourites and were not far behind on 15 points. They had three outright section winners in the shape of Ferrucio Gabba (9.991kg), Giuliano Prandi (8.986kg) and Gianluigi Sorti (7.387kg).

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Jacopo Falsini chopping up more worms mid match.

The Italians really attacked a waggler/slider line at around 40 metres with plenty of groundbait accurately and regularly fed by catapult. They appeared to have a really active mix that helped to draw in fish and also fed plenty of chopped worms throughout the day. A bunch of bloodworm, two or three redworms or maggots were the top hook baits.

The Czech Republic finished the day on 19 points and also had two section winners; Ladislav Konopasek (7.856kg) and Josef Konopasek (6.7kg). Things could have been even better had one of their team managed to net a huge fish (rumoured to be a catfish) that was played for over 45 minutes before it shed the hook!

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Will Raison was as impressive as ever!

England did well to amass 23 points for fourth on the day. William Raison has been the team’s star man all week, so few were surprised to see him win A Section with an impressive 19 fish for 8.539kg. After a slow start he ended up overtaking former World Champion Goran Radovic from Serbia who ended up with 7.3kg.

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Des Shipp’s 9.808kg catch.

Des Shipp also came good later on in the match with a terrific performance that saw him end with 20 fish for 9.808kg and second in E Section. He had a great next-peg battle with 24-year-old Kevin Ebner from Germany, who took third in section with 7.694kg.

Mitt's match-winning catch.

Mitja’s match-winning catch.

All eyes, however, were on Slovenia’s Mitja Kmetec, several swims to their right. He managed to very skilfully net a last-gasp carp with just a minute to spare, screamed with joy, then immediately stopped fishing and had a well-earned beer! He ended up with 11 fish for a section and match-winning 11.458kg. Redworms on the hook and a ‘secret’ additive in his groundbait were the key, which we believe was fishmeal – something very few teams had opted to use, including England!

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Steve Hemingray nets an early carp in D Section.

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Callum Dicks had a solid team performance.

Elsewhere for Team England, Callum Dicks managed a hard-earned fourth in section with 4.4kg behind Italy, Serbia and Hungary. Steve Hemingray had 4.2kg for a sixth in an extremely tight D Section. Alan Scotthorne had a frustrating day in B Section to end up 10th with 2.981kg. He had a good carp disallowed for tethering another angler’s rig. Just another 500g would have placed him fifth!

A silver carp, a species sadly not allowed to be weighed in on this event.

A silver carp, a species sadly not allowed to be weighed in on this event.

England learnt a considerable amount from Day One and will now be looking to put their findings into practice on Day Two. As any international will tell you, a World Championship cannot be won on the first day, but it can definitely be lost. They will be happy to end the day still in contention. Des and William also have a fantastic chance of an individual medal if things go well. We have an exciting four-hour match ahead!

Day One Result: (34 teams)

  • 1st Hungary 12pts
  • 2nd Italy 15pts
  • 3rd Czech Republic 19pts
  • 4th England 23pts
  • 5th Sweden 25pts
  • 6th Serbia 30pts

England Day One:

  • A Section: William Raison 1pt (8.5kg)
  • B Section: Alan Scotthorne 10pts (2.9kg)
  • C Section: Callum Dicks 4pts (4.4kg)
  • D Section: Steve Hemingray 6pts (4.2kg)
  • E Section: Des Shipp 2pts (9.8kg)

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