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The Drennan Rive Silverfish Festival 2015

Some of the best match anglers from England and France are competing at White Acres this weekend, including World Champion’s such as Alan Scotthorne, William Raison and Didier Dellanoy.


This is the second year that the Drennan Rive Silverfish Festival is being held at the fantastic White Acres Holiday Park near Newquay, Cornwall. This is a really friendly two-day event with over 80 anglers invited to fish on behalf of the joint hosts, Drennan International and Rive, including 20 anglers from France.

The format is very simple. Float only, with a pole limit of 13 metres and no bait limits. It is a silverfish-only event, so no carp, crucians or F1s will count. The lakes used include Pollawyn, Jennys, Twin Oaks, Trelawney, Python, Sycamore and Acorn, which will offer some really diverse fishing.

The best baits should be casters, maggots and chopped worms, with pinkies figuring in the harder areas. For some anglers it should be a straightforward bagging session while others may have to work out a way of catching silverfish and not the meddlesome carp!

Last year we witnessed plenty of all-roach weights of over 20lb, plus some even bigger nets of bream and skimmers. Quality perch, tench and even a few bonus barbel figured in catches. Last year’s victor was Drennan Team England new recruit and Kamasan Starlets team man Cameron Hughes with a perfect two section wins and two match wins from the fancied High Bank of Pollawyn. His total weight was a staggering 112lb! That was followed by fellow England team member and Drennan Barnsley Blacks’ Matt Godfrey who also scored two perfect section wins from Jennys and a total weight of 86lb.

This year the anglers will be drawing zones on Day One, which means they are guaranteed to fish two different lakes. There will also be an added team prize with a random draw that will include one angler from France in each team.

It promises to be a great event fished in good spirits. We will keep you posted!

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Latest Video: AS5 Floats With Alan Scotthorne

In our latest short video, Alan Scotthorne heads to Lake View Fishery and takes a closer look at his latest addition to the excellent AS pole float series.


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Scotthorne’s Winter Secrets

Alan Scotthorne lifts the lid on his winter silverfish secrets in Issue 5 of Pole Fishing Plus.


The five times World Champion tackles Barston Lakes during the 60-minute film and passes on some expert advice on catching silverfish in winter.

There is also the chance to win one of five Drennan goodie bags containing some of the gear Alan used.

Issue 5 is out now. Visit to learn more.

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The Home International In Pictures

We have just uploaded two Photo Albums to our Drennan International Facebook Page with highlights and action from the 2015 Home International.


The match saw England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland competing over two days on the Newry Canal with star names like Alan Scotthorne, William Raison, Lee Kerry and Simon Willsmore all involved.

Photo Albums: Day OneDay Two

Videos: A short film by Loughs Agency TV

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Team England Win The Home International

Drennan Team England’s talented mix of youth and experience put on a skilful display to win this year’s Home International.


Drennan Team England, Home International Champions 2015

This extremely well run competition saw England, Wales, Scotland and home nation Ireland lining up on the banks of the Newry Canal. Pole tactics dominated and it proved an excellent choice of venue with plenty of bites from small roach and perch plus the occasional bonus hybrid.

Day One was exceptional with an average weight of 5kg per man and England’s James Dent top weight with 11kg. Overnight rain slowed sport down the following day but the average weight was still 3kg per man with England’s Matt Derry top with 6.88kg.

These two former Under 23s will be really pleased with their performances on their senior debuts, alongside fellow debutant Cameron Hughes who scored two section wins.

Matt has double cause to celebrate after winning overall top individual prize with two section wins and a total weight of 13.56kg. That was narrowly more than William Raison’s 13.38kg total. Will perhaps deserves a special mention with two impressive weights of small fish from the less fancied middle of the match length.

After a disappointing Day One, Wales managed 2nd as a team on Day Two but still fell short of Ireland and Scotland in the overall stakes. They fielded the youngest team, however, and this was a great opportunity to give these new recruits some international experience. Ireland and Scotland also showed signs of promising young talent, which will hopefully give them a welcome boost in years to come.

Overall this reinstated event was a resounding success and Ireland can be very proud of the organisation and hospitality they showed everyone. This newly opened section of the Newry Canal is still being developed but it has already proven a great venue for an event of this kind.

Day One Result:
1st England 10
2nd Scotland 14.5
3rd Ireland 20
4th Wales 25.5

Day Two Result:
1st England 9
2nd Wales 18
3rd Scotland 21
4th Ireland 22

Overall Result:
1st England 19
2nd Scotland 35.5
3rd Ireland 42
4th Wales 43.5

1st Matt Derry (England) 2pts (13.56kg)
2nd Will Raison (England) 2pts (13.38kg)
3rd Cam Hughes (England) 2pts (8.26kg)

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Return Of The Home International

Northern Ireland is hosting the long-awaited return of the Home International this Friday and Saturday.

HI2015-logo-newryEngland, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will be competing on the O’Rourkes Coal Yard stretch of the Newry Canal on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of October.

It has been a number of years since a Home International event of this kind has taken place. This year’s event has been organised by Irish International Team Manager, Mark Theedom, and the Newry Canal Coarse Fishing Club.

A revised format now allows newer anglers to gain international experience alongside more established team members. Each team of seven will consist of two current internationals, two new anglers or Under 25s and three others. It will therefore be a great opportunity to see rising talent fishing alongside existing world class anglers.

The official practice day is on Thursday 22nd October with the match itself taking place over two days on Friday and Saturday. Fishing is from 11am to 3pm and spectators are welcome.

The Teams

Drennan Team England:

  • Alan Scotthorne
  • William Raison
  • Simon Willsmore
  • Lee Kerry
  • Matt Derry
  • Cameron Hughes
  • James Dent

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The White Acres Learning Curve

With a large festival circuit travelling down to White Acres in Cornwall every October it’s a great learning experience, as Alan Scotthorne’s latest blog explains.


Alan in action on Jennys Lake during the Parkdean Masters Final – picture courtesy of Steve Martin Photography.

I have just took part in two festivals at White Acres in Cornwall. The first one being the Maver week and the second being the Preston Festival. This is the big one from which the top 24 anglers qualify for the Parkdean Masters £25k winner takes all final. I really enjoy these competitions and although I take them seriously I also try to relax a little after the busy summer of international fishing, when the pressure is on proper!

The 180 participants each week are split into groups of 36 anglers that rotate sections. On examining the draw for the Maver Festival I found I was probably in the hardest group with some strong opposition. You normally need to win four sections to win the festival and I knew that would be difficult.

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Acolyte Feeder Rods Have Arrived!

Introducing the all-new 10ft and 12ft Acolyte Ultra Feeder rods. 


Darren Davies and Dean Barlow in action with the eagerly awaited Acolyte Ultra Feeder rods.

We met up with Darren Davies and Dean Barlow at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes to put our latest additions to the Acolyte family through their paces. Both of these highly respected, international-class anglers have been very actively involved in the development of these rods.


A quality Furzton bream caught using the 12ft Acolyte Ultra.


The Acolyte Ultra 12ft Feeder has plenty of casting power.

Furzton is a brilliant 70-acre stillwater run by Milton Keynes AA and a great choice to show off the 10ft and 12ft Acolyte Ultras. Both rods excel at registering bites from shy biting species, from wary roach to quality F1s. The forgiving top sections also cushion soft-mouthed species like bream and skimmers and go a long way to help avoid hook pulls.


The 10ft Acolyte Ultra worked well for Dean’s short-range skimmer approach.

The blanks are super slim and lightweight but, crucially, they still have the correct amount of backbone to propel a loaded swimfeeder with pin-point accuracy. There is no discernible wobble on the cast and being so slim and light makes them a dream to use.

These qualities have taken a considerable time to perfect. Five times world champion Alan Scotthorne has also been heavily involved in the design process and it was his valuable input that lead to the introduction of our special stand-off rings. The difference this has made to the way the line peels off the reel, and also how it winds back through the rings with far less friction, is quite remarkable.


Dean Barlow (left) and Darren Davies are all smiles after a productive day on the feeder.

These two-piece rods can be folded neatly away when not in use. They also come with three super-slim, push-in, carbon quivertips that taper perfectly with the blank. A useful pair of rod end protectors and a Neoprene retaining band also add a nice finishing touch to these quality rods.

The 10ft and the 12ft Acolyte Ultra Feeder rods are highly versatile and designed to cope with lots of different species and venues. This is just the start of our all-new Acolyte Feeder range. We think you’ll be impressed!

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Double Bronze For Drennan Team England!

Italy win the gold, Hungary silver and England bounce back in style to take the bronze medal. Scotthorne wins individual bronze and narrowly misses out on a sixth gold accolade!


Drennan Team England made a terrific comeback to earn their bronze medals.


E Section on the River Sava at Radece.

Drennan Team England have put in a blistering performance to win Day Two of the World Championship and earn themselves a very hard-earned team bronze medal. They had double cause to celebrate as five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne once again showed his awesome class to win individual bronze – and came oh so close to an unprecedented sixth gold crown!

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World Champs Weekend!

Drennan Team England have been practising hard in Slovenia in readiness for the 62nd World Championship this weekend.


Drennan Team England await the starting hooter for Day 2 of the official practice week alongside a stunning Slovenian backdrop.

world-champs-logo-2015The hugely talented England squad consists of three former World Champions in the shape of Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison and Sean Ashby, plus former European Champion Steve Hemingray, the ever-consistent Des Shipp and rising international star Callum Dicks. Five of these anglers will be picked to fish Day One, with the two-day event decided on points. Both matches are four hours in duration and fished to international rules, which includes strict bait allowances and a 13m maximum pole limit.


Orehovo, Sevnica.


Hotemež, Radeče.

There should be 35 nations competing on the banks of the impressive River Sava. This is Slovenia’s longest river and flows all the way from its source in the Julian Alps, through Croatia and then through Serbia during its 990km journey!

The match length is 80km from the capital Ljubljana and has already played host to many other international events. The actual competition length will be jointly held at the towns of Sevnica (sections A and B) and Radeče (sections C, D and E). These two towns are several kilometres apart, which could pose some difficulties when it comes to keeping everyone updated!

The river has depths from 2.5m to 8m with a steady flow controlled by two hydroelectric stations. The main species are vimba, nase, barbel and bleak but there are also carp, bream and roach amongst other species. We expect the pole to be the dominant tactic in this float-only event with round-bodied and lollipop-style flat floats required to deal with the flow. Feeding is typically done with an initial bombardment of groundbait with further top-ups of groundbait or sticky mag and gravel regularly cupped or thrown in.

It promises to be an excellent match with plenty of fish. Watch this space for further updates and good luck to all of the nations involved!

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