Category Archives: Alan Scotthorne

Ups & Downs On The River Trent

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Alan has loved get­ting back to his roots on the River Trent in read­i­ness for the Division One National.

Alan Scotthorne reflects on recent ses­sions spent on the mighty River Trent in pre­par­a­tion for the forth­coming Division One National. 

With the Angling Trust Division One National Championship coming up on the River Trent, my Drennan Barnsley Blacks outfit have been put­ting in some extra prac­tice. The win­ners of this com­pet­i­tion will rep­resent England at next year’s World Club Championship in Slovakia, so it’s a match we nat­ur­ally want to win!

I have now been to the river on three prac­tice ses­sions and also fished five matches so I am building some sort of idea of the various tac­tics needed. I have made a couple of mis­takes but also fished one or two good matches so, without giving too much away, I’ll talk you through what has happened. Incidentally, the prac­tice ses­sions were really good with me catching close to 60lb on one ses­sion and a good double fig­ures on the others, but it is on the actual matches where you obvi­ously learn the most.

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A Brilliant Result!

Alan Scotthorne looks back on how Drennan Team England won gold in the 2014 European Championship.

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The Hensies-Pommeroeul Canal in Belgium turned out to be a good venue for Drennan Team England, as we took gold in a very tight finish with Russia – win­ning by the nar­rowest of margins!

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World Champs 2013 and now Euro Champs 2014!

To win it came down to tar­geting large bream on the slider at dis­tance, as there was a lack of smaller fish to catch to get any points in all five sec­tions. Helped by light winds over the weekend all our lads man­aged this feat, with Sean Ashby catching just one on each day from the most dif­fi­cult D Section for mega points. For me, he was the man of the match!

All this looked impossible after the first day of prac­tice on the Monday. We had just a handful of bull­heads to show in our four-hour prac­tice ses­sion! However, the venue had not seen any bait for weeks and the fish just didn’t respond.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Alan Scotthorne pre­pares for the European Championship, which takes place on the Hensies-Pommerœul Canal next weekend in Bernissart, Belgium.

alan-underbank-resNormally we travel out for two weeks prac­tice for the European Championship with Drennan Team England, but due to some extra work being car­ried out on this year’s venue, a large canal in Belgium, we were forced to do our pre-match pre­par­a­tion here back in England.

I and trav­el­ling partner Lee Kerry have spent two days working on our slider fishing at Sheffield’s Underbank Reservoir, as we have been told that this tech­nique would play a major part in the com­pet­i­tion. You may think why prac­tice a method that I have done well with over the years but even for me sharpening up on ground­baiting at 50 turns of a 4000-size reel and a 6SSG slider is a must to help get back in tune with accuracy.

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