Category Archives: Alan Scotthorne

Scotthorne’s Maggot Feeder Tricks

Alan Scotthorne shows you some really clever tips for catching more fish with a block-end swim­feeder approach in the latest Angling Times. 


Inside, he flexes his 10ft Ultralight Bomb at Hayton Lakes near Retford and com­bines it with our excel­lently designed Feederbombs. As always, it’s the clever tweaks and adjust­ments to his ter­minal tackle and feeding that is most important… but you’ll have to read the full art­icle in this week’s Angling Times to learn more!

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Feeding Lessons From France

Alan Scotthorne has just returned from a suc­cessful Sensas Festival fished at Châteaudun in France. Here’s his in-depth account and the all-important les­sons he learned.


I have always main­tained that it is so important while I am involved with Drennan Team England to keep fishing some continental-type matches through the year to keep up with the changes to this style of fishing. It’s very easy to fall into a false sense of security and think that nothing changes from year to year, but I am still learning vital les­sons and making small adjust­ments that can help once you are back on the big stage of the World Championships. That said, I also really do enjoy com­peting in these high standard matches and fishing against some of the top con­tin­ental anglers.

The annual Sensas Festival is run over two days with one match on a series of lakes at Châteaudun close to Chartres to the west of Paris and the other day on the nearby River Loir. The event is run on points, so a sec­tion win on each day would guar­antee you being in the money. With €4,000 to the winner and paying the top 15 anglers, there was a few quid up for grabs!

I had my son, Oliver, with me for com­pany and he has been fishing really well in the past 12 months. It’s nice to travel with someone that you can bounce a few ideas off with two days prac­tice before the matches start. Continue reading

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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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