Alan Scotthorne takes a closer look at the Acolyte Plus 10ft Feeder in our latest short film.
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Drennan Barnsley Blacks have won the Sensas Challenge Final for the second year running.
This annual two-day event saw 30 teams of five competing to international rules, including teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Channel Islands and France. It is a float-only competition with a 13m pole limit and bloodworm and joker allowed. This year’s event was held on the Gloucester Canal and with heavy rain leading up to the weekend it meant the canal fished quite difficult for most of the field.
Drennan Barnsley’s talented team of five consisted of Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, Lee Kerry, James Dent and Andy Power. Expecting weights to be low they made the tactical decision to target bleak from the off in a number of sections rather than the usual roach and skimmers. That really paid off on Day One, as they managed just 13 penalty points to take an early lead. A similar effort on Day Two saw them score 16 points and a runaway 29-point total. That was more than enough to retain the trophy they did so well to win in 2015.
“The fishing has been hard but also quite technical and we’ve thankfully managed to do the right things in the right areas,” explained Alan Scotthorne, who scored a very convincing section win on Day Two. “There were very few roach to be caught so the plan was to target either bleak shallow or skimmers on the deck, depending on where you drew. Unlike many teams who fed predominantly leam, we also felt that a bit of groundbait helped to draw a few skimmers in the heavily coloured water.”
The top three teams now qualify for a lucrative Grand Final held in France later in the year.
- 1st Drennan Barnsley Blacks, 29pts
- 2nd Sensas 28, 49.5pts
- 3rd Sensas Ireland, 55pts
- 4th Kamasan Starlets A, 57pts
- 1st Conor Browne (Sensas Ireland) 2pts
- 2nd Rob Hewison (Sensas Mark One) 3pts
- 3rd Matt Godfrey (Drennan Barnsley) 4pts
- 4th Rich Tomala (RAF) 4pts
- 5th James Dent (Drennan Barnsley) 5pts
A top five finish was Alan and Oliver Scotthorne’s target as they approached the final round of an enjoyable silverfish pairs series… but could they do it? Read on to find out…
The Preston Pole Fishing Pairs was originally set up to fish for the abundance of silverfish that are in our commercial fisheries. Only ‘natural baits’ are allowed in this event, so no pellets to cut down on the numbers of proper carp caught, which don’t count in these matches (although F1s do). With 39 pairs starting the first round at Barston Lakes, this was to be a well contested series run through the winter months, but a little disappointing as the year before 50 pairs had started in this well run event.
I fish with my son Oliver and our goal was to try to finish in the top five in this strong field. We had made a top 10 result the year before, learning loads, so we were really up for this challenge.
The first two rounds we just got it wrong, scoring a combined seven points and six points from our six-peg sections. We were down the leaderboard with two matches already gone and now needed some good results to get back in the hunt!
Round Three was at Messingham Sands near Scunthorpe and we should really have won this one. Oliver won his section, but I was 2nd on the Swan Pond wehre a win would have won us the day – but at least we were moving up the list. A 1st and a 4th on Round Four at Woodland View and Larford Lakes bought us right back up to 8th overall. With the last round at my local Lindholme Lakes I felt we could still finish in the top five with a solid performance.
This month’s issue of Pole Fishing is a Drennan Team England special.
Cover star Alan Scotthorne is joined by fellow World Champions, William Raison and Sean Ashby, plus European Champion, Steve Hemingray and the rest of the current England team. Together, they cover all sorts of tactics and species with canals, rivers and commercial fisheries all featured in depth. You surely cannot fail to learn from an issue that features the very best anglers in the country.
There is also a chance to win yourself a fantastic Drennan Series 7 pole!
The February issue is out now. Find out more on the Pole Fishing website.
Highlights from the 2015 Home International between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, fished on Northern Ireland’s Newry Canal.
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!
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.
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 www.polefishingplus.com to learn more.
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.
Videos: A short film by Loughs Agency TV
Drennan Team England’s talented mix of youth and experience put on a skilful display to win this year’s Home International.
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
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)