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A Great Start To 2017

Alan Scotthorne kicked off the year in style with an impressive catch of bream from the Stainforth & Keadby Canal. We got the England star to explain how he did it:

alan-scotthorne-stainy-winI always fish the Stainforth & Keadby Canal matches through the winter months and it’s the only canal I know that almost guarantees you plenty of bites, even on the coldest of days. It’s always been known as a bloodworm mecca, but over the last couple of years it’s been very difficult – maybe almost impossible – to make the frame using only his bait. You now really need to catch on hemp in the closing stages of the match or strangely on casters in the opening couple of hours of the competition.

When the first matches start in October, a good ploy is to start  on caster and finish on hemp if you are looking to win the match, discounting bloodworm altogether. I have tried a lot of times with slightly different approaches to catch a winning weight on bloodworm alone, but with the fish being very small and the canal being quite deep it’s difficult to put big numbers of fish together, given that they don’t seem to come in closer than nine metres of pole. One match I caught 286 fish for just short of 14lb but only won the section as 36lb of bream won the match. As I said, plenty of bites but you need to be more selective to actually win.

This season, match organiser Lee Kerry decided to try a competition where you needed to win your section to qualify for a big final match which guaranteed a good pay day for the winner. After three matches I was looking like I might not make this final. This included one near miss by just two ounces and really not having a chance on the other two qualifiers with end pegs dominating my area. With two qualifying matches left, the pressure was on a little!

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Simply The Best

Alan Scotthorne has been crowned the undisputed number one match angler in this week’s bumper issue of the Angler’s Mail!

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am-cover-xmasAs if the five times World Champion has not won enough already, Alan now has the honour of being the Angler’s Mail’s ‘Greatest Living Matchman’. A selection of people from the angling world were polled over the past eight weeks and it was Alan who lead from the very first week. The verdict saw him take 84 votes with fellow Team England star William Raison earning the runner up spot with 27. Their fellow angling legends Kevin Ashurst, Bob Nudd, Steve Gardener and Denis White filled the next four places.

The Angler’s Mail 88-page Bumper Festive Issue is out now.

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Alan Scotthorne’s Trio Of Tips

We spent a nice winter workout session with Alan Scotthorne last week where he passed on some great tips to help with your pole fishing. 

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Latest Video: Spread Bulks

In or latest film, Alan Scotthorne explains the spread bulk shotting pattern that many people use when pole fishing on commercial fisheries.

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Thanks to Little John Lakes fishery in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, for being such fine hosts. Visit www.littlejohnlakes.weebly.com to learn more about this excellent venue.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581
Website: www.littlejohnlakes.weebly.com

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Latest Video: Line Length & Back Shots

In or latest film, Alan Scotthorne passes on some valuable advice to help your pole rigs perform correctly on commercial fisheries.

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The five times World Champ explains the importance of getting the length of line between your pole tip and float correct. He also explains the usefulness of back shotting when it’s windy or if you are fishing further out.

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Thanks to Little John Lakes fishery in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, for being such fine hosts. Visit www.littlejohnlakes.weebly.com to learn more about this excellent venue.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581
Website: www.littlejohnlakes.weebly.com

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Latest Video: AS7 Pole Floats

In our latest short film, five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne shares his thoughts on the all-new AS7 pole float!

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Learn more about Drennan AS7 floats >>

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Win A Day’s Fishing For Charity

Millingtons Fishing Tackle in Chorley are giving you a chance to win a day’s fishing with two Drennan Team England stars in aid of BBC Children In Need.

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A group of up to six anglers can win a day’s fishing with Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy at the excellent Whitmore Fisheries. The day will start with breakfast at Café Whitmore then the rest of the day on one of Whitmore’s lakes, learning from the best. This is your chance to ask what you have always wanted to know. You will be shown tips and get expert advice as well as being able to catch a few fish.

The day will also be covered on BBC Radio Lancashire as part of the regular fishing slot that Matt Shaw from Millingtons has on John Gillmore’s popular radio show.

For a chance to win, listen in to BBC Radio Lancashire in the afternoon on Friday the 18th November 2016. To bid, you must ring into the station on 01254 583583 in the time specified. The winners will fish a day in 2017 as yet to be confirmed. The auction prize is for a group of up to six people, so you and a few mates can have a wonderful day’s fishing while helping this fantastic cause. Good luck!

Prize donated by Millingtons Fishing Tackle in Chorley. Visit their Facebook Page to learn more.

Images from the previous charity day successfully run by Millingtons:

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Latest Video: The Importance Of A Plummet

In our latest video, Five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne explains the importance of a plummet, not just for determining depth, but also for understanding the contours and makeup of the bottom. 

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Filmed at Little John Lakes in Nottinghamshire. Watch this space for more videos from this great venue.

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Little John Lakes is situated on the outskirts of New Ollerton in Nottinghamshire. Its three fish-filled lakes (aptly named Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Maid Marion) hold a wealth of different species to keep you guessing what the next bite will bring. It lends itself really well to pole fishing and, with a central island no more than 20 metres away on most pegs, the waggler or a small feeder can also work really well. Visit the Little John Lakes website to learn more.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581
Website: www.littlejohnlakes.weebly.com

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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.

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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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