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Drennan Stars At The Evesham Festival

The Evesham Festival takes place this August Bank Holiday weekend with top Drennan anglers fishing on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday events.

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This popular river competition is held each year in Evesham, Worcestershire, and is the largest outdoor coarse fishing event of its kind. Spectators have a great opportunity to watch some of the very best anglers in the country in action, including Alan Scotthorne, Dean Barlow, Steve Hemmingray, Wayne Swinscoe, Jon Arthur, Simon Willsmore and Darren Davies.

The Monday team event always draws large crowds and this year Drennan Oxford and Drennan Leicester have both qualified amongst the 14 teams. They will line up alongside the newly crowned National Champions, Drennan Barnsley Blacks!

On the Saturday, the reigning Wychavon Champion Dean Barlow is also being filmed for Match Fishing Live and spectators may have the chance to get actively involved with this.

The festival takes place August 27th, 28th and 29th and offers a great day out for anglers and non anglers alike, with a tented village, fun fair, craft tent, refreshments and other attractions for all the family.

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Two Great Results On The River

Alan Scotthorne is really enjoying his river fishing at the moment – especially after two great recent performances on the River Thames and the River Trent. 

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Having got through to the last 30 anglers for Match Fishing magazine’s Drennan Knockout Cup, I felt it was important to go for a practice on the Thames at Culham and Abingdon, which was to hold this Round 3 qualifier. With five anglers progressing to the next round from each 10-peg section, I felt that a method that was ‘safe’ was my best option if I wanted to guarantee getting through.

I caught lots of roach and could also catch bleak on a whip line, fished up to five metres out, plus I had a roach a chuck over groundbait on a long pole swim. That gave me three ways I might catch enough to get through to the next round. Having caught close to 20lb and consensus of opinion being that 14lb would do the job this was my train of thought for the next day match.

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National Champions!

Drennan Barnsley Blacks have been crowned Division 1 National Champions after an amazing team performance on the River Trent.

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div1-result-2106The team lived up to being pre-match favourites and topped the event on a wind-lashed river which saw 44 teams of 10 involved. A great result from a massively talented team!

Result:

  • 1st Barnsley Blacks 380pts
  • 2nd Lincoln & District 367pts
  • 3rd Scunthorpe Tackle 345pts
  • 4th Daiwa Dorking 341pts
  • 5th Derbyshire Angling Fed 326pts

 

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Three Great Days On The Trent

Alan Scotthorne is looking forward to the 1st Division National Championship being held on the River Trent this Saturday. Here the England star looks back on three recent matches on this historic venue. 

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Alan Scotthorne has been really enjoying his time spent on the River Trent.

I have just fished three matches on the bounce on my favourite River Trent. I grew up fishing the river and must confess that it is better now than it has ever been. We tend to look back with rose-tinted glasses, but mark my words, there were a lot more matches won with less than 20lb than were won with more. Double figures of fish has always been a good weight on the river and, ok, there are more barbel and bream to elevate the weights but double figures on a float is still a great day’s fishing.

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Alan’s hard-earned Saturday catch.

The first match I fished was a teams-of-five event on Friday. This took in most of the tidal stretches to be used in the National, and my Drennan Barnsley team was keen to do well. For me I was on a really difficult peg at North Clifton. With a very strong face wind it was hard just to fire out bait, let alone to get good presentation on this shallow peg!

orange-revolution-caty1Using the strongest orange Drennan Revolution Caty I could just about get hemp and maggots out on to the line I wanted to feed, but presentation on the float was difficult to achieve. With no bites on a feeder I struggled for 6lb 9oz of roach and finished halfway in the 18-peg section, but in a weird sort of a way I enjoyed battling for every fish.

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Latest Video: Accuracy With A Groundbait Catapult

Alan Scotthorne explains one of his biggest edges in our latest video.

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The five times World Champion visits Poolsbrook Country Park to demonstrate how he feeds so accurately with a groundbait catapult.

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European Championship – The Result

A great European Championship weekend for the United Kingdom! Wales take team gold, England silver and Scotland agonisingly close to a bronze medal in fourth place.

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With 26 nations involved, Wales put two great daily performances together on a difficult Lage Vaart Canal in Almere, Holland. They seemed to have the method really sussed for catching the all-important bonus bream and it was these fish that ultimately swung the verdict in their favour. Most of these quality fish were caught at 13 metres over bloodworm and joker in soil with a light peppering of loose fed casters over the top.

euros-2016-day2-viewOn day Two, Ian Leach did fantastic to catch three bream to win his section, Lee Edwards caught a bonus 1.5kg hybrid to help him to 4th in E section, Darren Frost went from last to 3rd with a bonus bream, John Harvey put in a solid 5th place effort and Ben Roberts’ 900g was enough for a 3rd in his ultra-tough section.

Drennan Team England were just four points behind the leaders with another excellent performance. They only managed two bream amongst their five anglers on the second day, so it was their prowess on small fish that really helped them to claim a silver medal.

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European Championship – Day One

Drennan Team England have put on a great fish-catching display and are currently in 2nd place after the first day of the European Championship.

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This year’s event is on the Lage Vaart Canal in Holland, the same place that held the World Championship in 2009. Conditions have been difficult for most of the anglers with perch being the crucial weight-building species to target, but there are also some big bream for those lucky enough to catch them.

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Matt Godfrey’s section-winning catch.

England’s top performer is Matt Godfrey who managed 5kg from the more difficult half of E Section. This included 3kg of perch and a bonus bream. A great effort for the talented 25-year-old on his senior Team England debut!

Matt Derry is also fishing his first European Champs and was really unlucky not to win his section. He caught a hard-earned 61 fish for 3.74kg and was narrowly pipped into 2nd in section by the Belarus angler on the adjacent end peg who weighed 40 fish for 3.82kg.

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A Day On The Thames

We were really excited to have two top internationals visit Drennan headquarters recently – Andy Berteyn from Belgium and England’s most decorated international angler, Alan Scotthorne!

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Andy is a former Belgian National Champion with a European and two World Championship team gold medals under his belt. He is also a key Drennan sales agent for Belgium and so we had to get these two top anglers together in Oxford.

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Latest Video: The Master At Work

Alan Scotthorne recently fished the River Thames at Medley in Oxfordshire and put on a great display of angling. 

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Of particular note was his unorthodox but very effective fish playing technique. Despite the strong flow and relatively light tackle, the five times World Champion tamed a bonus bream in no time at all. Watch our short video to see how a master works his magic!

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The Right Decisions

Alan Scotthorne looks back at a recent three-day event at Tunnel Barn Farm where crucial changes made all the difference.

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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.

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