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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Wednesday Wins At Branston

River ace Wayne Swinscoe looks back on two recent matches on a stretch of the Trent he hadn’t fished for some time.

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Wayne Swinscoe with an 18lb 6oz winning net.

When I heard they were going to start running some Wednesday matches at Branston Golf Course I was intrigued. It’s been a long time since I fished this stretch and  it’s more of a running line than pole fishing venue, which makes a nice change. I’ve now fished three matches there in the last five weeks, winning two and third in the other, all on running line.

The first time I went I drew peg 30. I was told it was good and it looked it. The sitting was a bit high off the water but the river in front of it looked gorgeous!

I set up two Acolyte float rods; one 15ft Ultra for stick float and a 14ft Plus for waggler. After plumbing the stick swim I wasn’t too optimistic about catching on that line as it was barely 3ft deep. The waggler line was about 4ft.

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Tinge Of Colour Spurs Roach Into Feeding

Southampton-based angler, Matthew Fernandez made the most of his limited time to land this impressive net of roach.

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Matthew had previously spotted a shoal of roach whilst walking his local river and when he eventually had time to return, they were obliging and fed confidently thanks to a tinge of colour from overnight rainfall.

“I ended the session with thirteen roach, the majority being over 1lb. I used my 13ft Drennan Acolyte Plus rod coupled with a centrepin loaded with 3lb 2oz Float Fish. Setup wise, I used a 2BB stick float and a size 18 Super Specialist hook baited with a single maggot. I fed the swim with of maggots for half an hour before making my first trot, which helped massively and gained their confidence.”

Click here for more information on the 13ft Acolyte Plus Float rod.

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Grant Albutt Catches 41lb 8oz Common

Top match angler Grant Albutt caught this immaculate looking 41lb 8oz common carp yesterday during a week-long trip to France.

grant-albutt-41lb-carpThe fish was caught from La Saule Paquot Lake in France. It fell to a single tigernut, hair-rigged on a size 6 ESP G4 hook to 15lb Sink Link and fished over a bed of parti blend.

“I decided to go to France to try and catch a fish of a life time – for me anyway being a match angler!” he explained. “Fair play to all the carp anglers out there as it certainly is a waiting game. The trouble is I like being busy and I don’t know what to do half the time, twiddling my thumbs! Well at 10.30 in the morning, boom, off it went and I landed this stunning common.

“To say I’m buzzing is an understatement. I’ve still got five days left, so I might get one even bigger!”

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Eland Wins Winter League Practice Open

The practice match for the first round of the Oxford Winter League saw 41 anglers on a very patchy and windy River Thames at Abingdon and Culham.

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First place went to Drennan Oxford’s Carl Eland with 15lb 11oz. He drew a deep swim downstream from Swift Ditch and had all roach and perch at 13m on caster over groundbait.

Mark Bowerman (Sensas A4) was just behind with 15lb 8oz. He drew opposite Wisham Road in Abingdon and had roach and skimmers on 13m pole and maggot over caster.

Third place was Alan Brown (ISIS Oxford) with 11lb 12oz including a near-7lb bream on feeder and worm from one of the rush swims at Culham. Fourth was Pete Bowles (Sensas A4) with a level 10lb of roach from the end peg at Abingdon.

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Owen Wins The Trent Masters

Jason Owen stunned everyone on the Drennan Coors AC Trent Masters Final with a brilliant performance on the waggler and bronze maggot.

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(From left) Organiser Tony Vandome, Nick West, Jason Owen, Peter Salt and organiser Wayne Swinscoe.

Drawn on the pipe bridge below Bailey’s Weir, the Coors AC member fished three quarters of the way across the river with a 3AAA waggler, just tripping bottom in 4ft of water. Feeding heavily with bronze maggots and fishing two maggots on a size 18 hook to a  0.12mm hooklength saw him tempt 10 chub to 5lb plus some roach for 27lb 8oz and a great victory. He picked up  £500, a new Drennan Acolyte Compact 13ft float rod and the all-important trophy.

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Jason Owen’s winning catch.

Runner-up Nick West was on Ferrybridge peg 4 and also fished a great match. Starting on the long pole with bronze maggots and hemp he was soon catching small roach, fishing with a light 0.4g rig. As the match progressed he switched to hemp on the hook to plunder quality roach for a level 17lb. Nick went home with £300 and a 14ft Acolyte Ultra float rod.

In third place was regular Burton winner Peter Salt from peg 23 on the Municipal length. He alternated between waggler and stick float with bronze maggots for a 13lb 8oz mixed net of roach, chub and perch. Peter won £200 and a 13ft Matchpro Float rod.

During the eight-match series, almost £3,000 was raised for charity with the lion’s share going to Macmillan. A great effort from all of the competitors!

Result:

  • 1st J Owen (Coors AC) 27lb 8oz
  • 2nd N West (Matchman Supplies) 17lb
  • 3rd P Salt (Dynamite Mayfair) 13lb 8oz
  • 4th R Smith (Burton Mutual) 12lb 4oz
  • 5th A Reynolds (Quorn AS) 12lb 2oz
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Russian Carp On The Method

Sergey Kuzmin has been having success with a scaled-up Method Feeder approach for specimen carp. 

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He has been targeting Lake Revival near the town of Taldom using specimen tactics combined with an In-Line Flat Method Feeder to bag carp up to 12.93kg (28lb 8oz).

A hair-rigged boilie on a size 8 Continental Boilie Hook to 12lb (5.5kg) Drennan Carp Silk has been the winning setup.

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Big Bream For Matt

Matthew Tann recently landed himself a new personal best bream during a session on a southern gravel pit.

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Matthew Tann with his PB bream of 12lb 10oz.

The Portsmouth-based angler arrived at his chosen venue at first light to get into one of his chosen swims. He targeted a large gravel bar at just over 40 yards and baited the area with a mixture of particles and pellets before casting his Method Feeders on top.

“I opted to fish large In-Line Flat Method Feeders as they very aerodynamic once loaded, even with a strong wind. They also enable me to fish with the hookbait tucked in, ensuring my balanced corn hookbait is not masked by any weed or debris.

“The first fish of the day was a lovely dark male bream that weighed 9lb 12oz. A great start, and proved I was in the right area. After that, I had a double take, which unfortunately resulted in only one fish being landed. This time a slightly smaller bream at 8lb 8oz.  Annoying as the other fish felt a lot bigger, but it sadly it made it to a weed bed and slipped the hook.

“An hour or so later, after spodding more bait out onto the area, I received another take. This felt much bigger from the off and resulted in a new personal best bream of 12lb 10z. Target accomplished.”

Matthew used his trusty 1.75 Specialist Tench & Bream rods coupled with small fixed spool reels loaded with 8lb Feeder & Method Mono.

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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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