Alan with a winter catch from Lindholme’s Bonsai Lake.
Alan Scotthorne looks at the finer points of a deadly winter carp tactic – the straight lead!
The warmer weather through November has been fantastic for our commercial fisheries with weights still exceeding a ton on most matches at my local fishery, Lindholme Lakes, on its famous Bonsai Lake. Now, however, the cold weather has finally arrived!
I have started fishing the regular Thursday opens recently and although I have only fished the last three matches I have been surprised how different the fishing has been to what I remember from past years. F1s are no longer the prime target and carp seem to dominate the money list, so a rethink is the order of the day…
The December issue of Pole Fishing hits the newsagent shelves this Friday and has some great articles to get stuck into.
Alan Scotthorne continues his illuminating Ask Alan series by solving problems on subjects as vast as margin fishing, feed quantities and coping with clear venues.
There is also a frank post-match analysis with Drennan Team England superstar Des Shipp after a disappointing World Championship in Croatia.
There is also a detailed article on canal fishing with Jon Arthur, who goes back to his roots to show you the sport you could be having with squatts and casters.
Pole Fishing is in the newsagents the first Friday of every month and also available in digital form for Android and iOS devices.
Alan Scotthorne and his Drennan Barnsley Blacks team have just returned from the Sensas Challenge Final in France. Here’s how they got on.
After qualifying again for the Sensas Challenge Final, my Drennan Barnsley Blacks team of Lee Kerry, Frankie Gianoncelli, Simon Fields and myself were keen to see if we could improve on our 5th place from last year and retain our title as the best overseas team – or go one better and win the competition!
The match was to take place close to the Sensas factory at Chartres on a series of lakes. This made practicing a little difficult, as we needed to split up to cover all the sections that were to be used in the competition.
Fortunately, you can place anglers on this match, so I was to fish on the large Saint Georges Lake where waggler was to be the main method, while my traveling partner Simon was to be on Goujonniere Lake. Lee and Frankie tackled the smaller Luisant and Barjouville lakes which we were told would be a mix of both pole and waggler fishing for small roach and odd skimmers.
A practice on each lake went well and I caught 23lb on the lake I was to fish and close to 40lb on Simon’s lake. It was all skimmers, so we couldn’t wait for the match days as the fishing looked like it could be good, but we also knew that the pegging would be tight, so it would naturally be much harder than our practice sessions. Lee and Frankie had also caught well so we were all buzzing before the actual match weekend.