Alan Scotthorne looks back at a recent three-day event at Tunnel Barn Farm where crucial changes made all the difference.
I have just had a great run at festival fishing so when I rolled up at Tunnel Barn Farm for the Daiwa Pole Fishing Masters I couldn’t wait to get started. This was a three-day festival and my first day draw was on Club Pool peg 11. After watching the match on Sunday and having a quick practice on Sunday afternoon I was sure luncheon meat was going to be the number one bait. This lake holds a good head of carp which also swayed me even further to think this. As it turned out the carp just did not feed, making F1s the only fish to target.
In our latest short film Alan Scotthorne explains why he is now changing most of his hooklengths to Supplex Fluorocarbon instead of standard mono.
The five-time World Champion visits the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm fishery in Warwickshire to explain the lines he now uses for the the majority of his pole fishing.
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Alan Scotthorne is on an unbelievable run of form on festivals, so we got the England ace to share some of his learnings from the past few weeks:
I have had a tremendous run this year, particularly on the festival scene, with a 2nd on the White Acres Guru Festival, a 1st on the White Acres Milo Festival and another win in the latest Lindholme Festival. My fishing on these commercial type waters has definitely improved due to the fact that the European Champs is later this year. That has given me more time to concentrate on these events. The name of the game is to win sections and here are a few tips to help you when it comes to fishing these points-run matches…
Alan Scotthorne has just won the Garbolino Lindholme Festival with five straight section wins!
The England ace is absolutely on fire this year after a 2nd place in the White Acres Guru Festival last month and then a 1st place in the White Acres Milo Festival just a fortnight ago.
Alan’s latest festival win was at Lindholme Lakes near Doncaster. This event was fished on Bonsai, Loco, Laurels, Willows and Bennys lakes with the best four results out of five counting. Alan’s dropped result was also a 1st in section, which made it a resounding win for a man in top form!
Fresh from winning last week’s White Acres Milo Festival, Alan Scotthorne passes on some really useful tips that are sure to help your fishing.
After coming 2nd overall at White Acres a couple of weeks ago I really felt in tune with my fishing. So, when I had the chance to go back and fish the White Acres Milo Festival I jumped at the chance! This time I again scored a maximum 36 points (four section wins) and my dropped result was a 2nd in section, so this time I went one better and was the winner.
To say I was happy was an understatement. Missing out on practice on carp lakes through the summer due to my international commitments, I always feel I am just behind the leading carp match regulars, putting me at a slight disadvantage. To win these festivals you often need things to go for you and I did have the ‘rub of the green’ a couple of times, but still felt I had fished reasonably well throughout the week.
Here are a couple of small adjustments I made during the week that made a big difference to the end result…
Alan Scotthorne managed second overall in the latest big festival held at White Acres. Here’s his report from an enjoyable week at the popular Cornish angling destination.
The top three: (From left) Alan Scotthorne, John Whincup and Paul Holland. Picture courtesy of www.news-reel.com.
I do love the buzz of these big 180-peg festivals at White Acres and the newly sponsored Guru event looked like it would be a real cracker with all the lakes fishing well despite the lower than average temperatures for this time of year.
Fishing festivals is an art in itself. It’s all about winning 9-peg sections and four of your five results count at the end of the week. The all-important dropped result is normally the difference between winning or finishing further down the list. If it all goes wrong on the first couple of days, winning your 36-peg group still results in a £200+ pay day if a top-10 finish is not to be.
Alan Scotthorne’s ultimate feeder rig is revealed in the all-new Angling Times.The five times World Champion tackles a local reservoir and explains everything you need to know as he puts together a mixed catch of tench, bream and roach.
Martin Bowler’s Angling Adventures weekly column is also inside, with the big-fish specialist focusing on his hunt for springtime monsters.
The 88-page new-look weekly is now a smaller A4 format and in the shops now. Visit www.gofishing.co.uk/Angling-Times to learn more.
Take Alan Scotthorne’s advice and try a hair-rigged worm this weekend.
With lots of aquatic life suddenly beginning to hatch in our waterways the fish begin to really switch on to baits like chopped worm and casters. A piece of hair-rigged worm therefore makes a great offering for all sorts of species, from carp and F1s to tench and bream.
A hair-rigged worm is ideal for fish like this.
If you haven’t tried hair-rigging worms before it’s a must-try tactic and something Alan Scotthorne has been particularly successful with on commercial fisheries. One beauty of a hair-rigged bait is the fact that the entire hook is exposed. This makes it harder for tiny fish to swallow and also much harder for a quality fish to eject. You can often catch several fish on one hook bait before you need to rebait as well.
An eyed hook complete with a hair-rigged Pushstop makes baiting up with a Pushstop Pusher a simple process. We also produce a convenient range of ready tied Pushstop Hair Rigs in a wide range of sizes.
Done correctly you can securely hide the entire Pushstop inside the worm and make a really resilient hook bait. You can also vary the size from a whole worm to tiny inch-long segments. Give it a go!
In our latest Bite-Size Tips video, Alan Scotthorne explains a speedy playing technique that he has developed for catching lots of skimmers.
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Alan Scotthorne visits Meadowlands Fishery to take a closer look at the AS6 pole float in our latest short film.
The AS6 is the newest addition to the award-winning pole float series designed in conjunction with five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne. It’s a versatile design with a 0.8mm carbon stem and a 1.5mm hollow Glow Tip. Being available in sizes from 0.4g right up to 1.5g means it is also suitable for much deeper venues.
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Venue: Meadowlands Fishery
Location: Oxford Road, Ryton-upon-Dunsmore, Coventry
Postcode: CV8 3EG
Telephone: 07834 191460