Alan Scotthorne had a huge surprise during a feeder session at Lindholme Lakes after netting this huge pike on featherweight match tackle!
The five times World Champ caught the colossal fish while feeder fishing on Loco Pool at Lindholme Lakes. The fish took three maggots on a size 16 Kamasan B911 hook to a 0.13mm (2.6lb) Supplex Fluorocarbon hooklength and was hooked squarely in the mouth!
“I struck at a proper bite and felt a large weight nodding on the end,” he explained. “At first I thought I’d got a massive bream… until this great ‘crocodile’ surfaced!”
“I had to quickly unscrew my landing net and put a much bigger one on to get it out. Although I never weighed it I’m sure it’s close to 30lb, if not more. I actually caught a 28lb pike when I was a lad and still have it set up in a case in my tackle room. This fish looked bigger than that!
“I know my Drennan Barnsley Blacks team mate Nick Speed also had a massive 20lb+ pike out of this lake recently, but I’m not sure it’s the same fish as there are loads in the lake. This is the biggest one I’ve ever seen and most probably my personal best fish.
“I was actually practising for the World Club Feeder Champs which I’m fishing in Spain in a few weeks. I was trying different feeders and getting my tackle right for the big carp we’re expecting to catch. It’s safe to say if I can land a pike like this with an Acolyte Plus 12ft Feeder it’ll have no problems with Spanish carp!”
The latest episode of Feeder Fishing stars Alan Scotthorne and his fellow England and Barnsley Blacks team mate Lee Kerry.
The talented pair tackle Worsbrough Reservoir in Yorkshire for the 60-minute HD video and 50-page eMag. Using contrasting tactics they disclose plenty of tricks to help you get more from feeder fishing when the conditions are tough.
Inside the eMag, editor Joe Carass also takes an in-depth look at the Acolyte Ultra 11ft Feeder rod during a session on a local stillwater.
Visit www.feeder-fishing.co.uk to learn more.
Alan Scotthorne reflects on an outstanding team performance which saw his Drennan Barnley Blacks squad win last weekend’s Angling Trust Winter League Final.
A section win and an all-important team win for Alan Scotthorne and Drennan Barnsley Blacks.
What a great result for my Drennan Barnsley Blacks team on the Winter League Final! We had put in a good amount of practice on both the Fenland Drains and at Decoy Lakes. The lakes were really difficult to formulate a plan on with so many different pools to contend with, so this was almost left to each angler to sort out their own route on the day. The drains were again difficult, but we had a loose plan in place with each angler making sure they had fished a number of sessions to help familiarise themselves with each section.
For me I arrived early on Friday and had a run round all the sections. Not having fished the drains last year I wanted to know exactly where I was going once we had drawn our pegs. Also I had not fished the last two sections at Benwick and Factory Bank, so I had at least seen these pegs if I found myself in one of these sections.
Alan Scotthorne spent an enjoyable session on a little known stretch of river last week, catching over 20lb of roach.
He chose to tackle the River Torne with his son Oliver for a spot of pleasure fishing, but also to brush up on his whip fishing skills in readiness for the forthcoming Winter League Final on the Fens. Being just 12m wide and no more than 5ft deep, the Torne at Belton is not unlike the Old Nene at March – but a good 100 miles nearer to his Yorkshire home!
Alan soon had the fish queuing up on his 5m whip swim by feeding regular small balls of punch crumb with punched bread on the hook. He chose to use a 0.4g AS7 pole float, which he had slightly modified by cutting down the wire stem because of the extra shallow nature of the swim. A simple bulk and one No9 dropper was all that was needed with a size 20 barbless Silverfish Match hook to a 0.08mm hooklength. Swapping between 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Brass Head Bread Punches kept the fish coming as he amassed well over 100 pristine roach.
Alan fished the Doncaster & District Angling Association controlled stretch of the River Torne at Belton, South Yorkshire.
James Dent earns a European Championship call up as the Drennan Team England squad is announced.
This year’s Euros is to be held on Italy’s Bianca Canal in Rovigo on the 20th and 21st of May. The squad includes the experienced and ever-impressive Alan Scotthorne and William Raison, plus Callum Dicks, Matt Godfrey, Matt Derry and debutant James Dent.
James is a former Under 23 international who has earned his place after impressive performances in the last two Home Internationals. Manager Mark Downes commented: “James is an outstanding young angler with a wealth of experience on rivers and he showed his pedigree in the recent Home International at Shrewsbury by winning the two-day event with a perfect 2 point score.
“The two Matts shone in last year’s Europeans in Holland while Callum did brilliantly in last year’s World Championship in Bulgaria.
“With the experience of Will and Alan I feel this team has a chance of improving on last year’s silver medal, although beating the Italians in Italy is never easy.”
England U20s and Daiwa Dorking manager Steve Sanders also joins Mark Downes in a management role, following Mark Addy’s retirement last year. Mark added: “This is a two man job. Steve and myself have worked well together at youth level and we are both excited about taking that into the senior championships. Like myself, Steve likes to win and I am sure our combined experience will help Drennan Team England scoop even more medals.”
The team has been selected early as the event has temporarily moved from the end of June to mid May.
Pictured is Alan Scotthorne leaning into another quality fish caught with a Drennan Ultralight Bomb & Feeder rod.
The Ultralight Bomb & Feeder is an ideal choice for registering the shyest of bites in winter, whether you are targeting delicate biting silverfish or finicky carp and F1s. It has an extremely forgiving action which allows you to use the lightest of hooklengths with confidence.
This clever combo rod can also be extended from 10ft to 11ft without ‘breaking down’. Greater casting distances can be achieved in its 11ft mode, while the shorter 10ft length is ideal for confined swims and netting fish closer in.
Arguably one of the best winter ‘bomb rods’ ever produced!
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:
I 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!
Alan Scotthorne has been crowned the undisputed number one match angler in this week’s bumper issue of the Angler’s Mail!
As 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.
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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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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