Category Archives: Alan Scotthorne

A Day On The River Torne

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!

as7-pole-floats-bAlan 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.

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European Champs Team Announced

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.

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A Perfect Winter Bomb Rod

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!

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A Great Start To 2017

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:

alan-scotthorne-stainy-winI 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!

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Simply The Best

Alan Scotthorne has been crowned the undisputed number one match angler in this week’s bumper issue of the Angler’s Mail!


am-cover-xmasAs 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.

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Alan Scotthorne’s Trio Of Tips

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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Latest Video: Spread Bulks

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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Thanks to Little John Lakes fishery in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, for being such fine hosts. Visit to learn more about this excellent venue.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581

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Latest Video: Line Length & Back Shots

In or latest film, Alan Scotthorne passes on some valuable advice to help your pole rigs perform correctly on commercial fisheries.


The five times World Champ explains the importance of getting the length of line between your pole tip and float correct. He also explains the usefulness of back shotting when it’s windy or if you are fishing further out.

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Thanks to Little John Lakes fishery in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, for being such fine hosts. Visit to learn more about this excellent venue.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581

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Latest Video: AS7 Pole Floats

In our latest short film, five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne shares his thoughts on the all-new AS7 pole float!


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Win A Day’s Fishing For Charity

Millingtons Fishing Tackle in Chorley are giving you a chance to win a day’s fishing with two Drennan Team England stars in aid of BBC Children In Need.


A group of up to six anglers can win a day’s fishing with Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy at the excellent Whitmore Fisheries. The day will start with breakfast at Café Whitmore then the rest of the day on one of Whitmore’s lakes, learning from the best. This is your chance to ask what you have always wanted to know. You will be shown tips and get expert advice as well as being able to catch a few fish.

The day will also be covered on BBC Radio Lancashire as part of the regular fishing slot that Matt Shaw from Millingtons has on John Gillmore’s popular radio show.

For a chance to win, listen in to BBC Radio Lancashire in the afternoon on Friday the 18th November 2016. To bid, you must ring into the station on 01254 583583 in the time specified. The winners will fish a day in 2017 as yet to be confirmed. The auction prize is for a group of up to six people, so you and a few mates can have a wonderful day’s fishing while helping this fantastic cause. Good luck!

Prize donated by Millingtons Fishing Tackle in Chorley. Visit their Facebook Page to learn more.

Images from the previous charity day successfully run by Millingtons:

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