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.
Alan Scotthorne looks back on how Drennan Team England won gold in the 2014 European Championship.
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!
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.
Alan Scotthorne prepares for the European Championship, which takes place on the Hensies-Pommerœul Canal next weekend in Bernissart, Belgium.
Normally 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.