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Barnsley Win On A Difficult River

Drennan Barnsley secured a con­vin­cing team win on an ultra-tough River Soar.


Sensas France’s Jean Desque (left) and Sensas UK’s Mark Downes (right) with the win­ning Drennan Barnsley Blacks team (from left): James Dent, Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, Simon Fields, Lee Kerry.

The in-form team now have yet another piece of sil­ver­ware to add to their port­folio in the shape of the Sensas Challenge trophy. This year’s event saw 26 teams of five enduring a gruelling venue in Leicestershire that saw scores of dry nets and single fish weighed in over the two days.

The River Soar fished exceptionally hard over the two days.

The River Soar fished excep­tion­ally hard over the two days.

With the fish shoaling up tightly, get­ting all five team mem­bers to catch was a real feat. Barnsley man­aged to do that on Day One with a run­away 9-point score and only suffered one dry net on Day Two. This was enough for vic­tory in a com­pet­i­tion that saw plenty of inter­na­tional stars involved.

The exper­i­enced team of Alan Scotthorne, Lee Kerry, James Dent, Matt Godfrey and Simon Fields now qualify for the pres­ti­gious Sensas Challenge Final at Châteaudun in France in October, along with the top six teams overall.

Matt Godfrey made no mistakes off end peg D14 to record this impressive 5kg bag on Day Two.

Matt Godfrey made no mis­takes off end peg E14 to record this impressive 5kg bag on Day Two.

“We had a loose plan around feeding a very small amount of joker in ground­bait at 13 metres at the start, along with a short-pole swim with worms,” Alan Scotthorne explained. “We fed mostly soil at 13 metres with just a bit of ground­bait for attrac­tion. If this didn’t work, we would then intro­duce some finely chopped worms in soil over the top to try and draw a perch or a gudgeon into the swim.

This worked for me in a really poor area as I man­aged three tiny perch from a peg that hadn’t pro­duced a fish in three days! I ended up using a 3g flat float set six inches over­depth with a single blood­worm on a size 22 Kamasan B590 hook. That was enough for mega points and 5th in section.”

Drennan Barnsley had double cause to cel­eb­rate as Matt Godfrey once again showed his class to take the indi­vidual crown with a max­imum two-point score, just ahead on weight over Matrix Trentman’s Kayleigh Smith.

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Scotthorne On The Cover

Alan Scotthorne is the cover star of the latest issue of Match Fishing magazine!


Inside, he puts his Matchpro Ultralight Bomb & Feeder rod through its paces and passes on some key tricks for get­ting the most from feeder and bomb fishing. He also reveals a great little homemade feeder rig that could give you a vital edge.

The March issue of Match Fishing is in the shops from February 27th and also avail­able on iPad and Android.

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Lessons Learned From The PF Pairs

Alan Scotthorne reflects on the inaug­ural Preston Pole Fishing Silverfish Pairs com­pet­i­tion, which reached an exciting climax last weekend:



Alan Scotthorne in action.

What a fant­astic com­pet­i­tion this has been through the winter months! Hats off to Tom Scholey and Matt Godfrey of Pole Fishing magazine. Staging this four-match series across the country over four very dif­ferent com­mer­cial fish­eries with no proper carp counting was pure genius. I am sure this well-attended 50 pairs com­pet­i­tion will open the flood gates for more of this type of event. It exploits the untapped sil­ver­fish that are clearly in abund­ance in many carp lakes.

I fished this league with my son Oliver and knew from the onset that it would be a tall order to make the top five pairs with our lim­ited exper­i­ence of com­mer­cial sil­vers and the venues these matches were held on. It was a good learning curve for us both and here are just a few of the things that we picked up on the way that will hope­fully expand our know­ledge for next year.

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