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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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Orehovo, Sevnica.

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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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New Video: Using An AS3 Pole Rig

We have just uploaded a nice pole fishing video starring Alan Scotthorne and Peter Drennan.

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Over the 17-minute film Alan explains how to get the best from an AS3 Pole Rig straight out of the packet with some really useful tips and tricks passed on to help you catch more fish.

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This Month’s Pole Fishing

The October edition of Pole Fishing magazine has just hit the newsagent shelves and is well worth picking up. 

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crystal-dibber-rigs-closeupAlan Scotthorne continues his enlightening Ask Alan question-and-answer series with a look at snaggy swims, plumbing up with a whip and special groundbait additives. Jon Arthur also lends some timely advice on fishing hard pellets and the importance of injecting some life into your hook baits. Also inside, former England youth international Ben Townsend explains why Supplex Fluorocarbon is his hooklength material of choice for hard-fighting barbel.

There is also a fantastic Crystal Dibber Rigs competition with 10 sets of these perfectly tied pole floats up for grabs.

Visit www.polefishingmagazine.com to learn more.

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Crystal Dibber Rigs Video

In our latest video, Alan Scotthorne puts Crystal Dibber Rigs to the test with a great shallow fishing session at Hayfield Lakes.

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Learn more about Crystal Dibber Rigs.

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New Video: Sinking The Line When Waggler Fishing

The latest addition to our Bite-Size Tips series looks at sinking the line when fishing the waggler.

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Peter Drennan gets on the bank with five times World Champion, Alan Scotthorne, as he demonstrates how he sinks the line when float fishing.

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Fantastic Fishing On The River Váh

Alan Scotthorne looks back on the 2015 World Club Championship in Slovakia where he and his Drennan Barnsley Blacks team competed on the River Váh. 

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Slovakia’s River Váh was always going to be a tough nut to crack with its fast flow and flat floats up to 50g required, plus targeting fish that do not reside here in England. I think that puts the team winning a bronze medal into perspective!

WCC-slovakia-2015-alan3The two form teams, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, put in brilliant displays to finish first and second. My Drennan Barnsley Blacks outfit of Lee Kerry, Matt Godfrey, James Dent, Simon Fields, Frankie Gianoncelli and myself, captained by Glenn Lawrence, were over the moon with our bronze medal performance.

The start of the week’s practice was not good, with us drawing two more difficult areas. By the Friday, however, we had some sort of plan put together. With other teams seemingly catching more fish, though, we were not over confident that we were on the right track.

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Bronze Medal For Drennan Barnsley

Drennan Barnsley Blacks have won team bronze in Slovakia in the 2015 World Club Championship!

The team of Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, Lee Kerry, Simon Fields, James Dent and Frankie Gianoncelli posted two really consistent team scores on the River Váh at Žilina, which lived up to its pre-match reputation as a great international venue.

WCC-2015-full-resultSlovakia’s SRZ MsO Levice Sensas won gold medal on home soil with a really impressive 21 points. The home nation clearly had the tactics worked out as they comfortably won both days, including four out of five sections on Day Two!

The Czech Republic’s RSK Pardubice Colmic took a very commendable silver-medal position with 37 points.

Well done to all!

Day 1 Teams

  • 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 12pts
  • 2nd RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 14pts
  • 3rd Matchfishing-Belarus (Belarus) 19pts
  • 4th Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 22pts

Day 2 Teams:

  • 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 9pts
  • 2nd Traper Siedlce (Poland) 22pts
  • 3rd= Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 23pts
  • 3rd= RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 23pts

Teams Overall:

  • 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 21pts
  • 2nd RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 37pts
  • 3rd Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 45pts
  • 4th AVPS Tarnava Energo-team (Romania) 48pts

Drennan Barnsley Day 1 Individual Results:

Section A: Matt Godfrey (8.194kg) 1pt
Section B: Alan Scotthorne (7.108kg) 2pts
Section C: Lee Kerry (7.443kg) 3pts
Section D: Simon Fields (2.972kg) 8pts
Section E: James Dent (4.886kg) 8pts

Drennan Barnsley Day 2 Individual Results:

A Section: Lee Kerry (8.261kg) 4pts
B Section: Alan Scotthorne (11.883kg) 1pt
C Section: Frankie Gianoncelli (6.552kg) 9pts
D Section: James Dent (7.748kg) 4pts
E Section: Matt Godfrey (12.606kg) 5pts

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World Club Championship — Day 1

Drennan Barnsley Blacks have put in a solid team performance on the River Váh at Žilina and are currently in 4th position in the World Club Champs.

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Home nation SRZ MsO Levice Sensas from Slovakia are leading with 12 points with the Czech Republic’s RSK Pardubice Colmic on 14 and Matchfishing-Belarus on 19 points. Barnsley are on 22 points along with Spain and Finland.

On the individual front, Matt Godfrey won his section with 8.194kg and Alan Scotthorne was 2nd in his with 7.108kg, so both these anglers stand an excellent chance of finishing in the top three.

Day 1 Teams:

  • 1st SRZ MsO Levice Sensas (Slovakia) 12pts
  • 2nd RSK Pardubice Colmic (Czech Republic) 14pts
  • 3rd Matchfishing-Belarus (Belarus) 19pts
  • 4th Drennan Barnsley Blacks (England) 22pts

Drennan Barnsley Day 1 Individual Results:

  • Section A: Matt Godfrey 8.194kg 1pt
  • Section B: Alan Scotthorne 7.108kg 2pts
  • Section C: Lee Kerry 7.443kg 3pts
  • Section D: Simon Fields 2.972kg 8pts
  • Section E: James Dent 4.886kg 8pts
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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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