Category Archives: Alan Scotthorne

Latest Video: The Importance Of A Plummet

In our latest video, Five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne explains the importance of a plummet, not just for determining depth, but also for understanding the contours and makeup of the bottom. 


Filmed at Little John Lakes in Nottinghamshire. Watch this space for more videos from this great venue.

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Little John Lakes is situated on the outskirts of New Ollerton in Nottinghamshire. Its three fish-filled lakes (aptly named Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Maid Marion) hold a wealth of different species to keep you guessing what the next bite will bring. It lends itself really well to pole fishing and, with a central island no more than 20 metres away on most pegs, the waggler or a small feeder can also work really well. Visit the Little John Lakes website to learn more.

Venue: Little John Lakes
Location: Maida Lane, New Ollerton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire
Postcode: NG22 9RG
Telephone: (+44) 7715 096738, (+44) 1623 835581

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Drennan Duo Through To Final

Well done to Alan Scotthorne and Jon Arthur for qualifying for the Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs Final at their first attempt.


Part of Alan Scotthorne’s catch from Barston Lakes (Image courtesy of Keith Vaughan).

The first qualifier for this silverfish and pole only event was held at Barston Lakes in the West Midlands. The venue fished unbelievably well with big weights of mostly skimmers and bream recorded in every section.

The Drennan duo managed an impressive combined weight of 130lb 6oz to qualify for next year’s Grand Final.

Pairs Qualifiers:

  • 1st Andy Power & John Harvey – 142lb 4oz
  • 2nd Des Shipp & Adam Wakelin – 130lb 9oz
  • 3rd Alan Scotthorne & Jon Arthur – 130lb 6oz
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England Stars Do Their Bit For Charity

Millingtons Tackle in Chorley held a brilliant charity fishing day at Whitmore Fisheries for BBC Children in Need.

Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy with Ian and Stuart Humphrey (and Tommy the Trout!).

Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy with Ian and Stuart Humphrey (and Tommy the Trout!).

Ian and Stuart Humphrey were fortunate to win a day’s fishing with England stars Alan Scotthorne and Stuart Conroy. They were soon catching fish on a mixture of pole and waggler tactics and picking up plenty of tips from two of the very best in the business.

The event was also broadcast live on BBC Radio Lancashire. Thanks to Whitmore Fisheries, Millingtons Tackle and all involved. A great day for a very worthy cause!

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New Video: Tackling The River Wye With Alan Scotthorne & Peter Drennan

Check out our latest video where Alan Scotthorne joins Peter Drennan on a stretch of the River Wye to target barbel, but with a slight twist!


Rather than fishing for the barbel using standard feeder tactics, Alan Scotthorne tried his luck using a tactic that is not very often used here in the UK, the flat float.

To see how they got on you can watch the full-length video by clicking here.

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The Knockout Cup Semi Final

Today is the Semi Final of the Drennan Knockout Cup!


This prestigious series run by Match Fishing magazine has seen over 150 anglers taking part, but we are now down to just 15 qualifiers. Each has made it through the tough knockout stages, testing their all-round skills on lakes, canals and rivers.

Weston Pools.

Weston Pools.

Today’s Semi Final is on the Canal Lake at Weston Pools in Shropshire with some top anglers lining up, including five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne, reigning Knockout Cup Champion Tom Scholey, Fish’O’Mania Champion Warren Martin and rising Drennan Team England star James Dent. From here, just four anglers will progress to the two-day Grand Final at Docklow Pools. It promises to be an excellent match!

The Semi Finalists: Alan Scotthorne, Ed Warren, Michael Buchwalder, Robbie Griffiths, Tom Scholey, Andy Nelson, Ian Didcote, Toby Pepper, Geoff Vallance, Warren Martin, James Dent, Steve Barraclough, Nick Speed, Shaun Little, Adrian Higginbottom

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Scotthorne Wins Wychavon Championship

Congratulations to Alan Scotthorne for winning the Evesham Festival Wychavon Championship… again! 

alan-breamalan-in-action-3Alan drew peg 46 on the famous White House Bend and caught bream and skimmers on the pole with bloodworm and pinkies over groundbait. This was in fact the same peg on the River Avon where he won from back in 2012. Conditions were also very similar, with extra rain giving some much needed colour and pace to the river.

It was good to see two more Drennan anglers in the main frame in the shape of Wayne Swinscoe and Darren Davies. Wayne was two pegs away from Alan and caught a mixture of roach and good skimmers for 14lb 7oz. Darren had a quality net of roach boosted by a bonus bream from peg 25.

The previous day was the Hobgoblin Individual Championship and once again Alan Scotthorne was on the winner’s podium. On a much clearer and more difficult river, his 7lb  12oz was enough for 3rd overall. Fellow Drennan Team England squad member Callum Dicks won the match from end peg 73 with 10lb 12oz.

Bank Holiday Monday saw 14 teams of five competing for the Match Fishing Team Championship and it was Daiwa Dorking who stole the show off a highly fancied draw with a runaway 61 points. Drennan Barnsley Blacks were 2nd on weight over Matrix Image with 43 points. Drennan Oxford were just a single point behind and finished in equal 4th spot on weight with Matrix Trentmen.

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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.


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.

Learn more about the Evesham Festival.

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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. 


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.


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!


  • 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. 


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.


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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