Wayne with a great net of perch from the Coors AC stretch of the River Trent at Burton.
Wayne Swinscoe reflects on a really promising start to the new Drennan Coors Trent Masters series.
Just six weeks into the river season and the new upper Trent Masters sponsored by Drennan International and brewery giant Coors seems to have captured the attention of river anglers across the Midlands. The demand for tickets has been incredible with over 240 anglers fishing the first three qualifers.
The fishing has been pretty good, too. Normally the Burton stretches don’t really start producing consistent sport until the end of August, but this year things seem to have changed. All three matches have been won with between 13lb and 15lb and double figures needed to frame (top 7).
Surprisingly the majority of fish making up these weights have been dumpy perch from 2oz to 4oz backed up by dace, chublets and only a few roach. These perch can be caught on a variety of methods but the best seems to be either a whip or short pole over small balls of groundbait containing chopped worm and maggots.
With four more qualifying matches taking us into September, the roach fishing should really come on strong. Eighteen anglers have all ready qualified for the 42-peg Final in October, which is going to be a really strong river field.
To qualify for the Grand Final you have to finish in the top six of any of the qualifying matches. The draw will take place at the Washlands Sports club (Postcode: DE14 1TD) at 8.45 to 9am with fishing from 11am to 4pm. To book on, telephone Tony Vandome on 01283 512711.
Remaining qualifier Dates: August 2nd, August 16th, August 30th, September 6th. Grand Final: October 4th.
Alex Duverneuil was grinning from ear to ear after catching his first English carp last week.
Originally from France, Alex now lives in the UK and works on one of our European desks at Drennan HQ. He has been itching to give English-style fishing a go and an afternoon visit to Rolfs Lake in Oxford was the perfect opportunity.
Crystal Dibber Rigs proved ideal for Alex’s first ever margin carp session!
Kitted out with an Acolyte Margin Carp pole and a couple of the new Crystal Dibber Rigs, some regular feeding with hard 8mm pellets over a bit of fishmeal groundbait soon encouraged the resident carp into the shallow margins.
Pink Carp Bungee elastic was soon regularly zooming out of his top kit as he found himself attached to several hard-fighting carp to over 10lb. Alex clearly enjoyed himself and despite having never used a Side Pull Kit before (or a margin pole for that matter!) he really appreciated just how effective they were for subduing fish of all sizes.
A surprise 3lb chub also took a liking to his hair-rigged 8mm pellet and, although it tried its very best to evade capture, it was eventually netted after a lively battle.
Alex commented, “I really enjoyed my session catching carp with pole tackle. Hopefully it will be the first of many!”
Drennan Barnsley Blacks have won team bronze in Slovakia in the 2015 World Club Championship!
The team of Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, Lee Kerry, Simon Fields, James Dent and Frankie Gianoncelli posted two really consistent team scores on the River Váh at Žilina, which lived up to its pre-match reputation as a great international venue.
Slovakia’s SRZ MsO Levice Sensas won gold medal on home soil with a really impressive 21 points. The home nation clearly had the tactics worked out as they comfortably won both days, including four out of five sections on Day Two!
The Czech Republic’s RSK Pardubice Colmic took a very commendable silver-medal position with 37 points.
Well done to all!
Day 1 Teams
- 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 12pts
- 2nd RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 14pts
- 3rd Matchfishing-Belarus (Belarus) 19pts
- 4th Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 22pts
Day 2 Teams:
- 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 9pts
- 2nd Traper Siedlce (Poland) 22pts
- 3rd= Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 23pts
- 3rd= RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 23pts
- 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 21pts
- 2nd RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 37pts
- 3rd Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 45pts
- 4th AVPS Tarnava Energo-team (Romania) 48pts
Drennan Barnsley Day 1 Individual Results:
Section A: Matt Godfrey (8.194kg) 1pt
Section B: Alan Scotthorne (7.108kg) 2pts
Section C: Lee Kerry (7.443kg) 3pts
Section D: Simon Fields (2.972kg) 8pts
Section E: James Dent (4.886kg) 8pts
Drennan Barnsley Day 2 Individual Results:
A Section: Lee Kerry (8.261kg) 4pts
B Section: Alan Scotthorne (11.883kg) 1pt
C Section: Frankie Gianoncelli (6.552kg) 9pts
D Section: James Dent (7.748kg) 4pts
E Section: Matt Godfrey (12.606kg) 5pts