Feeder & Method Mono Competition

Pop across to the Drennan Facebook page if you want to try and win some Feeder & Method Mono!


We have just launched a really easy-to-enter competition where you could win a full set of this brilliant reel line.

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Barbel On A Faithful Classic

James Thomson has kindly sent in this great photo of a barbel caught on his faithful old 12ft 9in Drennan Tench Float rod and Red Range reel setup. 


red-range-reel“I love my original Tench Float,” he explains. “It’s perfect for many a job! You’ll even notice that is one of your Red series reels!”

Although a great rod in its time, it has now been bettered by the Series 7 Tench & Specimen Float 13ft, which is ideal for subduing quality fish such as tench, chub and barbel on float gear. Combine it with a Red Range Float 6-30 or slightly larger Red Range Feeder 6-40 reel and you have a great-value and winning combination!

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Latest Video: Short-Pole & Maggots

In our latest video, Jon Arthur demonstrates how to make the most of a couple of pints of maggots and a simple short-pole approach.


jon-arthur-hillview-lakesAfter an action-packed session at the fabulous Hillview Lakes, the reward was a tidy mixed catch including roach, perch, skimmers, bream, F1s and carp. It’s a simple and very effective way to fish, so watch the film and see if you can mimic Jon’s expert advice. We also shot some Bite-Size Tips from the same session, which should appear in our Videos section very soon.

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If you are ever in Gloucestershire, we recommend you give Hillview Lakes a visit. It consists of two large lakes and four snake lakes spread over eight acres. It’s a really pleasant and well-kept fishery that still fishes really well throughout the autumn and winter. There are even a number of Scandinavian-style log cabins on site if you want to make a holiday of it. Visit www.hillviewlakes.biz to learn more.

Venue: Hillview Lakes
Location: Cherry Orchard Lane, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Postcode: GL20 6JH
Telephone: (+44) 78405 79087, (+44) 1684 296719
Website: www.hillviewlakes.biz

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Impressive Win With Acolyte Plus Rod

Martin Ward used his new Acolyte Plus 14ft rod for the first time to bag an astonishing 49lb winning net of chub!

martin-ward-acolyte-14ft-plusThe impressive catch was taken using waggler-and-maggot tactics on the River Avon at Seven Meadows, Stratford upon Avon. Martin nearly doubled the second-placed angler’s catch and cruised through to next month’s big-money Riverfest Final.

“I caught 24 chub, the biggest going 5lb 9oz!” the keen river angler explained.

“I used my newly purchased Acolyte Plus 14ft, bought from Bleak Hall Sports in Kempston. The rod was just superb in every way, handling all the chub in a way I just could not believe and with more to give if I needed it, so a massive well done on a fantastic rod. I now cannot wait to use it again on the River Wye!”

Acolyte-Plus-RodsThere are currently three Acolyte Plus float rods in the range. These include our very popular three-piece 13ft and 14ft models. New for 2016 is the Compact Acolyte Plus 13ft. This has all the excellent qualities of the traditional three-piece rod, plus a patented design that enables it to fold down into two equal-length sections (equivalent to a two-piece 12ft rod) plus a short handle section. This clever feature means there is only one ferrule in front of the reel seat, which improves balance even further.


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Drennan Duo Through To Final

Well done to Alan Scotthorne and Jon Arthur for qualifying for the Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs Final at their first attempt.


Part of Alan Scotthorne’s catch from Barston Lakes (Image courtesy of Keith Vaughan).

The first qualifier for this silverfish and pole only event was held at Barston Lakes in the West Midlands. The venue fished unbelievably well with big weights of mostly skimmers and bream recorded in every section.

The Drennan duo managed an impressive combined weight of 130lb 6oz to qualify for next year’s Grand Final.

Pairs Qualifiers:

  • 1st Andy Power & John Harvey – 142lb 4oz
  • 2nd Des Shipp & Adam Wakelin – 130lb 9oz
  • 3rd Alan Scotthorne & Jon Arthur – 130lb 6oz
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England Stars Do Their Bit For Charity

Millingtons Tackle in Chorley held a brilliant charity fishing day at Whitmore Fisheries for BBC Children in Need.

Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy with Ian and Stuart Humphrey (and Tommy the Trout!).

Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy with Ian and Stuart Humphrey (and Tommy the Trout!).

Ian and Stuart Humphrey were fortunate to win a day’s fishing with England stars Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy. They were soon catching fish on a mixture of pole and waggler tactics and picking up plenty of tips from two of the very best in the business.

The event was also broadcast live on BBC Radio Lancashire. Thanks to Whitmore Fisheries, Millingtons Tackle and all involved. A great day for a very worthy cause!

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18lb Canal Win For Flint

Drennan Bordon team man Anthony Flint continued his great run of form by winning last week’s Basingstoke Canal Champs. Here’s his account:

anthony-flint-basy-win“At the draw, my hand went in the hat and I drew end peg 1 in the turning bay at Ash Wharf. I wasn’t too keen initially as people had mixed comments about the previous week’s form of the peg. However, when I arrived it looked perfect for a few fish, with roach topping and pike swirling. Confidence was restored… until 20 minutes before the start when 50 canoes turned around in my peg!

“Due to this, the first hour was very slow. I only had a maximum of 3ft of water anywhere, so I fished liquidised bread at 9m down the track and at 13m going up the shelf slightly.

“On the hour mark I caught a big skimmer, then some roach down the track, before it slowed right up. I then switched to my 13m line and caught there for the rest of the match, feeding more bread as it slowed.

“The rig that I caught best on was an AS1 0.2g to 0.08mm Fluorocarbon and a size 20 Kamasan B511 and a No3 elastic. A 4mm size punch was best and I’ve ended up having a lovely day, catching 18lb of mostly hand-sized skimmers with three 1lb+ ones for a match win and nice trophy.”

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Trent Barbel For Simon

Durham-based angler Simon Ashton has recently been targeting the River Trent for barbel and with great success.


Simon with his new personal best barbel of 12lb 5oz.

Simon was rewarded on his very first session with a new personal best barbel of 12lb 5oz which beat his long-standing best from his local River Wear. Since that session, Simon has been back for more and has landed numerous others up to 11lb 5oz.

“I have been using my 12ft 2lb Distance Tench & Bream rods which are great for casting big leads and feeders across the river. On my reels I have been using 15lb ESP Syncro XT Loaded, this offers great abrasion resistance and strength, a must for fishing such big and powerful rivers. My hooklink choice has been 4ft of 15lb gravel braid with a single 8mm pellet presented on a size 14 Specimen Plus hook.”

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Success On The Hampshire Avon

Swindon based angler Mark Woodage has been enjoying some great success on the Hampshire Avon during recent months, but it’s not been easy as Mark explains.


The Hampshire Avon is new territory for me, one of the first obstacles was obvious, I’d need to overcome it’s the crystal clear water. It’s fantastic to be able to watch the barbel at close quarters, but on the other side of the coin, they can see you and your tackle too! To help overcome this I’ve been using the weed as best possible to lay my line in and then by sitting well upstream of my rig to lower the angle of the line. It is so important to have a main line that not only sinks well but is strong and abrasion resistant. ESP Syncro Loaded XT fits the bill perfectly.

As I have been fishing a relatively small bait in the form of 2 West Country BaitsElips pellets superglued to the hair I have been using a size 11 Super Specialist Barbel hook. I have used this range of hooks since their launch, and with great success so I had no reason to change. This has been fished in conjunction with 6 inches of Gravel Braid, tied to a small swivel which is then covered in tungsten putty. Above this, four Float Stops, two either side fix a coated lead in place. This enables the length of the hook link to be adjusted. Completing the set up is a back lead which is fixed between a single float stop and 6 ply PVA string. This enables the lead to stay in position when being cast but allows the back lead to move in the event of a hooked fish getting caught up in weed.

I’ve been very lucky so far this season, landing several fish, including two in excess of 14lb with the best going 14lb 4oz.

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The 2016 Drennan Knockout Cup Champion

Robbie Griffiths is this year’s Match Fishing Drennan Knockout Cup Champion!


Robbie Griffiths joins a star-studded list of Drennan Knockout Cup Champions!

This year’s four worthy finalists were Ian Didcote, Warren Martin, Steve Barraclough and Robbie Griffiths. All of them fished exceptionally well over the two days on the Match Lake at the ever impressive Docklow Pools in Herefordshire. Steve was the early leader after catching over 100lb on Day One, but with just 26lb separating all four anglers it was well and truly game on for Day Two.

The fishing was slightly more difficult on the second day and, although Ian and Warren caught well, neither could do quite enough to pull back their previous day’s weight deficit. Even with Warren tempting some sizeable margin fish in the closing stages it looked like Steve or Robbie would be victorious going into the last hour. Robbie was catching well on fancied peg 24 and Steve was doing his best to hold on to his lead on the less desirable peg 6. It was neck and neck all the way between the two of them and, even when the final whistle blew, no one was quite sure who had come out on top.


Robbie Griffiths, the 2016 Drennan Knockout Cup Champion (centre), with Drennan’s Grant Albutt (left) and Match Fishing’s Tom Scholey (right).

After a tense weigh in it was Preston Innovations-backed Robbie who was confirmed the 2016 Drennan Knockout Cup Champion with an excellent 164lb 12oz total weight. Nurturing several swims and never exhausting any of them proved to be the winning formula. He was presented with the coveted silver trophy and a £5,000 cheque by former winner and Drennan-backed Grant Albutt and last year’s champ and Match Fishing editor Tom Scholey.

Robbie in action at Docklow Pools.

Robbie in action at Docklow Pools.

Browning’s Steve Barraclough collected £1,000 and was a valiant runner up with 158lb. Matrix’s Warren Martin was just behind in third place with 149lb 1oz and Garbolino’s Ian Didcote was fourth with 121lb.

Thanks to Match Fishing and Docklow Pools for putting on another fantastic Final. The crowd was treated to a brilliant two-day spectacle. You’ll be able to read all about how the anglers caught in a future issue of Match Fishing. The event was also filmed for a forthcoming episode of Match Fishing Live. Well done to all involved!

Overall Result:

  • 1st Robbie Griffiths (Preston) 164lb 12oz
  • 2nd Steve Barraclough (Browning) 158lb
  • 3rd Warren Martin (Matrix) 149lb 1oz
  • 4th Ian Didcote (Garbolino) 121lb
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