Ups & Downs On The River Trent

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Alan has loved get­ting back to his roots on the River Trent in read­i­ness for the Division One National.

Alan Scotthorne reflects on recent ses­sions spent on the mighty River Trent in pre­par­a­tion for the forth­coming Division One National. 

With the Angling Trust Division One National Championship coming up on the River Trent, my Drennan Barnsley Blacks outfit have been put­ting in some extra prac­tice. The win­ners of this com­pet­i­tion will rep­resent England at next year’s World Club Championship in Slovakia, so it’s a match we nat­ur­ally want to win!

I have now been to the river on three prac­tice ses­sions and also fished five matches so I am building some sort of idea of the various tac­tics needed. I have made a couple of mis­takes but also fished one or two good matches so, without giving too much away, I’ll talk you through what has happened. Incidentally, the prac­tice ses­sions were really good with me catching close to 60lb on one ses­sion and a good double fig­ures on the others, but it is on the actual matches where you obvi­ously learn the most.

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This Week’s Angling Times

AT-cover-Jul29Inside this week’s Angling Times is a spe­cial behind-the-scenes fea­ture on the World Feeder Champs.

In the same issue, Martin Bowler demon­strates how to catch spe­cimen tench on the pole. There is also an amazing brace of rudd on show from former Drennan Cup Champion, Gareth Goldson.

drennan-rive-grass1A free UK Match pull-out is also inside which con­tains a nice inter­view with Drennan Team England legend Steve Gardener, plus the Drennan Rive Seatbox is this month’s object of desire!

The Angling Times is in the shops every Tuesday and also avail­able on iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Quality Tench On Popped-Up Worms

paul-garrett-tenchTench enthu­siast, Paul Garrett, caught this mag­ni­fi­cent looking 8lb 3oz spe­cimen, and two others, after a for­tu­nate change in weather conditions.

I attended the Tenchfishers 60th anniversary fish in at Lechlade’s Horseshoe Lake and man­aged to bag three tench in nothing short of hor­rendous weather,” Paul explained.

“After a bite­less 24 hours, the wind switched and I had three tench in quick suc­ces­sion, all taken on popped-up dendra over an open ended feeder con­taining chopped worm and caster sand­wiched between my own ground­bait concoction.

“The best (pic­tured) was 8lb 3oz. A fellow Tenchfisher friend who I shared a swim with also bagged four in quick suc­ces­sion too, as the tench fed heavily in our swim… albeit briefly!”

Paul used Drennan 1 3/4lb Tench/Bream rods and Drennan barb­less Super Specialist hooks.

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