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Olivier Gielczynski Wins Rive Drennan Challenge

The 2015 Rive Drennan Challenge has been won by Olivier Gielczynski after a per­fect two-point score at Lac au Duc in Ploërmel, Brittany.


Champion, Olivier Gielczynski (centre) with 2nd placed Olivier Defrocourt (left) and 3rd placed Valentin Lefevebre.

Olivier, who also came 3rd in 2014, scored two sec­tion wins and a total weight of 35.57kg over the two-day event. That included an impressive 21.73kg of mostly skim­mers and bream on the pole from A Section, which was the top overall weight on Day One.


The 2015 Rive Drennan Challenge Champion, Olivier Gielczynski.

Also on two points but a lesser com­bined weight was Olivier Defrocourt and Valentin Lefevebre, who fin­ished 2nd and 3rd respect­ively to take their rightful places on the podium.

The top Englishman was new Drennan Team England senior squad member Matt Godfrey in 5th place, with Alan Scotthorne in 10th, Lee Kerry 11th, Callum Dicks 12th, Simon Willsmore 16th and Gary Barclay 19th. Last year’s cham­pion, Steve Hemingray, looked good for a repeat per­form­ance after win­ning his sec­tion on Day One but was nar­rowly edged into 3rd in sec­tion on Day Two to finish on four points and 14th place.

A mix­ture of pole, wag­gler and feeder all played a part with bream, skim­mers, roach and hybrids the most dom­inant spe­cies. The most common tactic on this extremely large but shallow venue aver­aging just 1m to 1.5m deep was the wag­gler fished 25 to 40 metres out in con­junc­tion with balls of ground­bait, leam and joker fed by cata­pult. Worms, bunches of blood­worm, casters and mag­gots on the hook all caught plenty of fish. This year the feeder also played a much more decisive role than pre­vious events and was respons­ible for sev­eral section-winning catches of bream.

The event was once again organ­ised excep­tion­ally well with gen­erous prizes and spon­sor­ship from both Rive and Drennan. Over 1,500kg of fish was weighed in by the 104 com­pet­itors over the two days with an average weight of over 7kg per angler per day.

With such excel­lent fishing, organ­isa­tion and hos­pit­ality it is clear to see why this pres­ti­gious event is so popular!

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Shorty Pellet Waggler Video

We have just uploaded our latest video star­ring Alan Scotthorne as he puts the all-new Shorty Pellet Wagglers through their paces.


alan-shorty-catch-3Alan soon gets the fish com­peting up in the water and flexes his 12ft Acolyte Carp Waggler rod to amass a really impressive bag of fish at Hayfield Lakes.

Shorty Pellet Wagglers are ideal for short to medium range fishing and catching quality fish in shallow water. These unob­trusive Crystal floats fea­ture flighted tips, adjustable disc load­ings, optional dive discs and are avail­able in 4g to 7g sizes.

As Alan clearly demon­strates, they are set to be a big hit this summer!

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Lessons Learnt At White Acres

Alan Scotthorne has come back from a testing couple of weeks down at White Acres but, as always, there have been plenty of useful les­sons to take away from the experience.  


I have just com­pleted two fest­ivals at White Acres in Cornwall where the fishing has been first class. The first was the Dynamite Baits Festival where I fin­ished a dis­ap­pointing 34th overall in this 180-peg match run over five days. I won just one sec­tion at Porth Reservoir with 13lb of skim­mers on both pole and wag­gler and had two default sec­tion wins on the carp lakes; a top weight of 151lb at Bolingey Lake only being good enough for 2nd in the sec­tion on this superb fishery.

My 30 points from a pos­sible 36 was off the pace. I must admit I was a little rusty but you have to win sec­tions on these matches and I had in-form Paul Holland in my group of 36 anglers showing me just how it should be done. He drew nicely but fished out of his skin, with four sec­tion wins and a third to win his second fest­ival of the year. Well done Paul!

I was now looking for­ward to the fol­lowing Milo Festival to see if I could improve on the pre­vious week’s result. On checking my rota­tion I found that I and Sandra were in one of the harder 36-peg sec­tions with Paul in it again, plus the likes of Richie Hull, Darren Cox and Paul Cannon just to name the poten­tial stum­bling blocks that you don’t want to draw against.
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