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.
Inside 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.
A 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!
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Tench 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.