Category Archives: Alan Scotthorne

Good Luck To Barnsley Blacks In Slovakia

Drennan Barnsley Blacks are proudly representing England in the World Club Championship this weekend.

Barnsley team members (from left): Lee Kerry, Simon Fields and James Dent.

Barnsley team members (from left): Lee Kerry, Simon Fields and James Dent.

This year they are competing on Slovakia’s longest river, the River Váh at Žilina in north-west Slovakia. The venue is around 120 miles from the capital city, Bratislava, and close to both the Czech and Polish borders.

The main match length is 2km away from Žilina hydroelectric dam with an average width of 60 metres. The main target will be vimba up to 1kg and barbel up to 3kg but trout, carp, perch, dace, roach, chub, bleak, grayling and pike are also present. Twenty two teams of five from all over Europe are involved with the match decided on points over two four-hour events.

The experienced Barnsley squad consists of Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, James Dent, Lee Kerry, Frankie Gianoncelli and Simon Fields. Some of the anglers are already familiar with the Váh, none more so than Alan Scotthorne, who won one of his five gold medals further downstream.

It sounds like an excellent fish-catching venue, so we hope it lives up to its potential. Good luck to all of the teams competing!

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New Video: Fitting A Dacron Connector

Alan Scotthorne passes on some excellent advice for fitting a Dacron Connector in our latest video.


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Opening Day Swims

June 16th is the traditional start of the river season here in the UK, so we asked seven Drennan-backed stars where they would love to be heading. 

alan-scotthorne-roachAlan Scotthorne – Five Times World Champion

It is a bit too early in the season for roach so I would have a day after bream and barbel at Crankley Point, where the River Trent meets Newark Dyke. The bream tend to shoal up around here early season.

I would use a large Groundbait Feeder with chopped worm, casters, pellets and sweetcorn with worms, a bunch of maggots or casters on a size 14 or 12 Carbon Feeder hook. Strong gear is required as you never quite know what you’ll hook so my hooklength would be anything from 0.16mm to 0.23mm Supplex.

martin-bowler-01Martin Bowler – TV Star & Big Fish Specialist

It would have to be targeting quality barbel on any of the fast flowing stretches of the River Wye run by Angling Dreams. I’d be fishing with a large ESP Mega Method Feeder loaded with micro pellets and fishmeal groundbait.

This would help to present a hair-rigged boilie or pellet on a short braid hooklength to a Super Specialist Barbel hook.

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Success With Snake-Lake F1s

Alan Scotthorne looks back on a successful weekend he has just spent on two unfamiliar snake-lake venues.


I had a complete change this weekend and visited two different venues to where I would normally travel at this time of year. The first was Heronbrook Fisheries in Staffordshire, a venue that will soon play host to Round One of Match Fishing magazine’s Drennan Knockout Cup. The second venue was Lake View Fishery at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. The Angling Trust Ladies National is on this venue next week so my wife, Sandra, wanted to have a recce here to get some idea of what was working. Continue reading

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Latest Video: In-Line Crystal Dibbers

Alan Scotthorne stars in our latest Video as he puts the all-new In-Line Crystal Dibbers to the test.


The five times World Champion visits Bonehill Mill Fishery in Fazeley, Staffordshire, and soon puts together a fine net of carp fishing shallow and down the margins.

Learn all about In-Line Crystal Dibbers and watch the master at work here »

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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!

See more images from this event in our Facebook Album.

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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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Maggot Feeder Tricks

Alan Scotthorne passes on some excellent tips for catching silverfish using Drennan Feederbombs in our latest video.


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Scotthorne’s Maggot Feeder Tricks

Alan Scotthorne shows you some really clever tips for catching more fish with a block-end swimfeeder approach in the latest Angling Times. 


Inside, he flexes his 10ft Ultralight Bomb at Hayton Lakes near Retford and combines it with our excellently designed Feederbombs. As always, it’s the clever tweaks and adjustments to his terminal tackle and feeding that is most important… but you’ll have to read the full article in this week’s Angling Times to learn more!

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