Category Archives: Feeder

Fantastic Barbel Sport In Spain

Lee Swords has been enjoying the river fishing in Spain and catching some unusual barbel varieties. Here’s his insight into some of the fantastic barbel he’s been catching.


I recently spent a week in Spain where I landed 63 barbel, all on Super Specialists. I have been on these hooks for years and I will be on them for years to come!

There are about seven species of barbel in Spain, but the rivers I fish don’t hold them all. The Guardiana and Aragon rivers have comizo, gypsy/andalucian, small head and common/bocagei barbel.

Drennan Oval BlockendThe fishing is awesome. It is like 1985 River Trent fishing with a gallon of maggots and a big feeder! Drennan flat Oval Blockend Feeders also work a treat in the 2oz and 3oz range. There are areas where these fish have never seen a boilie or a pellet. It’s all maggot and there’s nothing fancy needed, just a bit of watercraft.

The common or bocagei barbel has the most unstoppable first run of any freshwater fish I have ever encountered. It’s absolutely blistering, they may look a little dainty compared to comizo, but they will test your hooks and line like nothing else!

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Tench At Flaxlands

Steve Clarke spent an enjoyable afternoon at Flaxlands Fishery in Wiltshire, topped off by this nice tench.


Steve used a Drennan Pellet Feeder filled with groundbait and caught all of his fish on a banded 6mm Sweet Plum Boosted Pellet.

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The 9ft Mini Carp Feeder In Action

Grant Albutt gives the Red Range 9ft Mini Carp Feeder a great workout in our latest video.


The commercial ace has an enjoyable session at Woodland View Fishery near Droitwich, Worcestershire, and puts together a tidy net of carp and F1s with the latest Red Range 9ft Mini Carp Feeder.

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All Set For The World Club Feeder Champs

Drennan Barnsley have been practicing hard in Spain for the inaugural World Feeder Championship For Clubs.


James Dent leans into a Spanish carp.

James Dent leans into a Spanish carp.

The talented team that will be competing in Spain over the weekend consists of Alan Scotthorne, Lee Kerry, Andy Power, Eddie Brydon and James Dent. A number of key squad members are also involved, including Gavin Leversidge, captain Glenn Lawrence and England legend Denis White. Gavin has very kindly sent us the following report, live from the bank:

We qualified at the back end of last year for the very first World Feeder Championships for Clubs along with Preston Telford. The tackle and four of the team left early last Friday for the 1,400-mile journey to the venue, which is a river called the Rio Júcar (or Xúquer in Spanish) in the town of Fortelany, about half an hour south of Valencia.


Alan Scotthorne in action.

The venue varies massively. Starting at A Section it’s very rocky on the near and far bank as well as overhanging trees all the way down. This area is 25 metres wide, so it flows a bit more than the rest of the river and is the better of the sections. Andy Power was best in practice from this area on Thursday with nearly 30kg, but all of the others caught as well.

The four days of official practice kicked off on Tuesday with Drennan Barnsley in D Section. This was the same as before with rocks on either bank, but 55 metres wide. We all expected it to be a lot better, but we had a major shock as the river had been in flood big style, with at least 2 metres of extra water! The water was freezing as well! The session was horrific as we managed only a handful of carp, some carassio, sunfish and eels.

We feared the worst the following day when we were in B section. By then, however, the water had miraculously warmed overnight and the colour dropped out. Some early carp got our hopes up, but the middle was very hard! Big Alan even managed a terrapin, which the venue seems to be full of!


Drennan Barnsley in practice.

We managed a few more fish towards the end of the session, so we finally had something to work on. A good session on Thursday has also lifted our spirits.

The whole venue is very peggy, so some areas are much harder than others. One big thing to also mention is the power of these fish. I have never seen and felt fish so powerful, ever! You can get broke on 0.25mm hooklengths! The rocks are proving a massive problem, too, with fish lost due to them rubbing on the rocks or getting snagged.

Yesterday was also the official parade and ceremony in the evening, which was an absolutely fantastic turnout from the locals clapping us all the way round.

Today is the last day of practice and hopefully we can get a bit of a plan together.

Good luck Drennan Barnsley!

Pictures courtesy of Gavin Leversidge and also our Spanish friends at Drennan HTF España who are the sponsors of one of the World Championship sections.

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Feeder With Alan Scotthorne

The latest episode of Feeder Fishing stars Alan Scotthorne and his fellow England and Barnsley Blacks team mate Lee Kerry. 


The talented pair tackle Worsbrough Reservoir in Yorkshire for the 60-minute HD video and 50-page eMag. Using contrasting tactics they disclose plenty of tricks to help you get more from feeder fishing when the conditions are tough.

Inside the eMag, editor Joe Carass also takes an in-depth look at the Acolyte Ultra 11ft Feeder rod during a session on a local stillwater.

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A Perfect Winter Bomb Rod

Pictured is Alan Scotthorne leaning into another quality fish caught with a Drennan Ultralight Bomb & Feeder rod.


The Ultralight Bomb & Feeder is an ideal choice for registering the shyest of bites in winter, whether you are targeting delicate biting silverfish or finicky carp and F1s. It has an extremely forgiving action which allows you to use the lightest of hooklengths with confidence.

This clever combo rod can also be extended from 10ft to 11ft without ‘breaking down’. Greater casting distances can be achieved in its 11ft mode, while the shorter 10ft length is ideal for confined swims and netting fish closer in.

Arguably one of the best winter ‘bomb rods’ ever produced!

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Feederfest Success In Ireland

Dean Barlow reflects on a great time competing in last week’s Ireland Feederfest tournament.


Dean Barlow (centre) managed 3rd overall in Ireland.

I have just got back from the first Feederfest held on Inniscarra Lake in County Cork, Ireland. The place holds fond memories as this is where the Preston Innovations England Feeder team won our first gold medal, so I was looking forward to getting back on the bank. The competition was over five days with 100 of the finest feeder anglers from Europe competing. Their were five sections on a rotation basis, so getting the right rotation was very important on a festival where combined weight counts.

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Top Three Finish For Dean Barlow

Dean Barlow has finished third overall after a great week spent competing in the Feederfest Ireland Festival on Inniscarra Lake. 


The top three, Steve Ringer (third from left), Neil Mazurek (second from left) and Dean Barlow (second from right), with the festival organisers and sponsors.

Insincere Lake (image courtesy of Inniscarra Lake Facebook page.)

Inniscarra Lake (Image courtesy of Inniscarra Lake).

The Drennan and Preston England Feeder team man had a really consistent week, with daily silverfish weights of up to 11.5kg. He ended up with a 45.2kg total, just behind second-placed Neil Mazurek on 46.07kg and overall winner Steve Ringer on 52.01kg.

The result earned the feeder ace a winner’s medal, trophy, €1,500 in cash plus €500 of Sensas tackle.

Dean’s festival blog will hopefully be on the Drennan website by the end of the week.

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Mini Feeder Fishing Explained

We got this really nice article and video with Jon Arthur after visiting the excellent Rookery Waters in Cambridgeshire.


Jon tackled the canalised and reed-fringed Jay Lake at the popular venue. Rather than a conventional float fishing approach, however, the former UK Champ shows you how to bag up with a short rod and feeder setup.

You can watch exactly how Jon does it in our latest Video.

For an even more in-depth look at the tactics used, check out our Mini Feeder Fishing article. (1.4Mb PDF File)

Visit to learn more about this great venue.

rookery-waters-mapVenue: Rookery Waters
Location: Fen Road, Pidley, Cambridgeshire
Postcode: PE28 3DF
Telephone: (+44) 7824 878492

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Feeder Tips With Dean Barlow

We have just uploaded a useful series of Bite-Size Tips with England international feeder ace Dean Barlow!

dean-barlow-roach-perchFilmed on the River Thames at Medley, Dean’s expert advice will surely help you on your next feeder session. Subjects such as choosing the right hooklength and tying the best shock leader knot are all explained. Check them out in our extensive Videos section or by clicking on the links below:


Feeder Tips 01: Hooklengths >>


Feeder Tips 02: The Feeder Rig >>


Feeder Tips 03: Braid Or Mono >>


Feeder Tips 04: Shock Leaders >>


Feeder Tips 05: Searching The Swim >>

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