Here’s a great picture from our Spanish friends that we had to share!
Drennan Barnsley topped the 2017 Sensas Challenge Final at the weekend after an ultra-tight finish.
The Gloucester Canal played host to this prestigious teams-of-five event which saw 32 teams involved over two days. The event is fished to international rules and attracts teams from across the UK plus international squads from France , Scotland, Wales , Ireland and the Channel Islands.
It was a closely fought event with just two points separating the top four teams.
Drennan Barnsley B team sneaked home with 29.5 points. Their talented team consisted of Oliver Scotthorne, Glenn Lawrence, Sam Wildsmith, Gavin Leversidge and Frankie Gianoncelli.
A single point behind were Daiwa Dorking, with France’s Sensas 28 and Sensas Starlets A completing the top four.
Individually it was also close with Mickelle Brossier (Team Florentine France) and Frankie Gianoncelli (Drennan Barnsley) both scoring a perfect two points. France took the verdict with 12.56kg to 5.76kg.
The next four anglers all tied on three points with John Freeborn (Sensas North) taking the bronze medal with a 7.99kg weight advantage.
The best weight of the weekend came from Welsh international Ian Leach who took an impressive 18.64kg of bream on Day Two from the Castle Stretch.
- 1st Drennan Barnsley Blacks B, 29.5 points
- 2nd Daiwa Dorking, 30.5
- 3rd Sensas 28 A, 31
- 4th Sensas Starlets A, 32
- 5th Sensas 28 B, 36
- 6th Drennan Barnsley A, 37.5
- 7th Team Wales, 44.5
- 8th Sensas Starlets B, 45.5pts
- 9th Sensas North, 47
- 10th Drennan Oxford, 47.5
- 1st Mickelle Brossier (Team Florentine France) 2 points (12.56kg)
- 2nd Frankie Gianoncelli (Drennan Barnsley B) 2 (5.76kg)
- 3rd John Freeborn (Sensas North) 3 (7.99kg)
- 4th Des Shipp (Daiwa Dorking) 3 (5.45kg)
- 5th Oliver Scotthorne (Drennan Barnsley B) 3 (4.72kg)
Match weights at the popular Messingham Sands complex near Scunthorpe are steadily improving as the springtime weather sets in.
This is probably the best time of the year for competitive matches at Messingham Sands. It is possible to win with all-silverfish weights, all-carp weights, or a mixture of both, meaning that everyone is in with a chance of making the frame.
The Drennan Silverfish Spring League was held on Tripp Lake on Saturday and saw Carl Swetnam take an excellent win with a 78lb mixed bag of skimmers, roach, crucians, F1s and ide. He fished dead maggots over groundbait at four metres and really didn’t know what was coming next!
Carl managed a relatively carp-free day, unlike the second placed man who landed 24 in between his 51lb of skimmers, ide and F1s!
The following day Carl made it a double using the same tactics in the Tripp Winter League match. He topped up his silverfish this time with half a dozen Carp to weigh in an excellent 107lb. This was just ahead of Luke Harrison on 98lb who also fished maggots close in on pole.
It is noticeable that most of the carp weights from the deeper lakes are falling to up in the water tactics. Both Terry Holmes and Phil Deitch won matches on the Swan Pond with 80lb+ weights of carp by fishing 11mm pellets shallow on a waggler. Pleasure anglers are also finding that surface fished baits are scoring really well on all of the day ticket lakes.
Drennan Silverfish Spring League, Tripp Lake, Saturday
1 Carl Swetnam, Rotherham 78-12
2 Kevin Johnson, Messingham 51-13
3 Steve Ellis, Scunthorpe 49-00
4 Luke Harrison, Crowle 45-05
Tripp Lake Winter League, Sunday
1 Carl Swetnam, Rotherham 107-09
2 Luke Harrison, Crowle 98-03
3 Kevin Johnson, Messingham 80-13
4 Terry Gardener, Hull 68-10
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The Drennan Specialist Tench & Bream rod is back! This Mk2 version is 12ft with a 1.75lb test curve and is purpose designed for the discerning big fish angler. It has reserves of power for handling specimen fish, but the tip still remains light and responsive for playing smaller samples.
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Another classic given a new lease of life for 2017 is the Specialist 12ft Distance Tench & Bream Mk2. As the name suggests, this rod is ideal for targeting specimen fish at long range.
It has a 2lb test curve and a stiffened butt section with a total of seven SiC guides. This combination greatly improves casting range and accuracy, but it still retains a progressive, semi-through action for playing fish.
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These new generation Carp Pole Rigs are constructed from quality components and skillfully hand tied in Drennan’s own factories to exacting specifications.
There are 12 rigs in total, featuring Carp 1, Carp 2, Carp 3 and Carp 4 pole floats. Each Carp Pole Rig also comes supplied on a reinforced pole winder with information conveniently printed for ease of reference.
Perfect rigs, designed to help you catch more fish at your local commercial fishery!
A lovely short-range bomb and feeder rod for commercial fisheries. The Red Range 9ft Mini Carp Feeder is a great choice for shorter casts, snake lakes and tight swims. It is an ideal choice for bream, tench, F1s and match-sized carp to 8lb+. This two-piece rod is also supplied with interchangeable 1oz and 2oz Drennan Feeder Tips.
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The Carp 6 can be used with a wide variety of baits, from maggots and worms to pellets and even paste. It is also available in 10 sizes from 0.1g right up to 1.5g.
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Alan Scotthorne had a huge surprise during a feeder session at Lindholme Lakes after netting this huge pike on featherweight match tackle!
The five times World Champ caught the colossal fish while feeder fishing on Loco Pool at Lindholme Lakes. The fish took three maggots on a size 16 Kamasan B911 hook to a 0.13mm (2.6lb) Supplex Fluorocarbon hooklength and was hooked squarely in the mouth!
“I struck at a proper bite and felt a large weight nodding on the end,” he explained. “At first I thought I’d got a massive bream… until this great ‘crocodile’ surfaced!”
“I had to quickly unscrew my landing net and put a much bigger one on to get it out. Although I never weighed it I’m sure it’s close to 30lb, if not more. I actually caught a 28lb pike when I was a lad and still have it set up in a case in my tackle room. This fish looked bigger than that!
“I know my Drennan Barnsley Blacks team mate Nick Speed also had a massive 20lb+ pike out of this lake recently, but I’m not sure it’s the same fish as there are loads in the lake. This is the biggest one I’ve ever seen and most probably my personal best fish.
“I was actually practising for the World Club Feeder Champs which I’m fishing in Spain in a few weeks. I was trying different feeders and getting my tackle right for the big carp we’re expecting to catch. It’s safe to say if I can land a pike like this with an Acolyte Plus 12ft Feeder it’ll have no problems with Spanish carp!”
The latest round of the Drennan Silverfish League held at Rycroft Fishery ended up a nice tight contest. Improved weather conditions meant the skimmers and roach fed more freely and some quality perch also turned up.
Leading the way was Phil Turner who had 19lb 14oz from peg 13 on the Carp Lake. He fished short with loose fed casters and found some quality perch plus a good bream before moving onto his 13m groundbait line where he picked off skimmers on maggots and worms.
Runner-up on the same lake from peg 8 was Darran Bickerton who used similar tactics for 18lb 8oz. Third place was league leader Sean Ashby with 17b 4oz from peg 22 on Donno Lake. He had a nice day catching 83 roach on loose fed casters long and short. That helped maintain Sean’s lead in the overall league with 141lb 12oz, some way ahead of Darran on 110lb 12oz.
Match weights were slightly below par last week at the popular Messingham Sands Fishery as rain and overnight frosts put a dampener on things.
However some really good competitions resulted with not too much to separate the leading contenders. Round 5 of the Drennan Silverfish Spring League was fished on the Islands Lake on Saturday and less than 5lb separated the top four places.
Steve Nurse was optimistic when he drew peg 4 after hearing that it had produced the winner in the Wednesday Open. He set his stall out for crucians and F1s with 4mm expanders over micro pellets and caught steadily apart from a poor last hour. His 91 fish was good enough to win the day with 44lb. Sport was consistent all around the lake and most people weighed over 20lb of silverfish.
Drennan Silverfish League, Islands Lake, Saturday
1 Steve Nurse, Grimsby 44-05
2 Kyle Hartley, Scunthorpe 42-10
3 Kevin Johnson, Messingham 40-12
4 Paul Seed, Grimsby 39-10
Tripp Winter League, Sunday
1 Dave Toyne, Gainsborough 62-02
2 Carl Swetnam, Rotherham 60-02
3 Andy Bryant, Grimsby 58-00
4 Glen Collins, Hull 53-03
During his last session, the Snaith-based Yorkshireman managed to land eight impressive perch up to 2lb 15oz. All of the fish were tempted close in on lobworms over red maggots and bloodworm groundbait.
Len Arbery caught this excellent chub weighing 7lb 5oz just over a week ago from the Thames. The former Drennan Cup winner and well respected big fish specialist explains how he caught it:
After the weekend’s rain I was quite surprised to see the middle Thames in perfect chub fishing condition. That is, with a bottle-green colour and having little flow. My usual touch-legering tactics accounted for a 4lb 2oz chub after about an hour spent in the first swim. That was the only bite, so I moved farther downstream to large slack area.
After noticing a couple of ‘unhittable’ small indications on the quiver I changed tactics to a coil of silver-paper as a bite indicator. I then missed the first bite, but made no mistake with the second!
This hooked fish took quite some line off the clutch, more like a carp than a chub but, after a tremendous tussle, a chub it proved. And what a chub at 7lb 5oz! It was 23 inches long with a 16 inch girth.
I had two further bites here before ‘drawing stumps’ – one from a 3lber, the other a very pleasing specimen weighing 5lb 2oz.
My tackle included an original Drennan Bomb Rod, Drennan Feeder, a fixed-spool reel, loaded with Whiplash braid. A short link leger stopped 3ft from a size 6 T6 Raptor hook, completed the outfit. Bait was plain old-fashioned cheese paste.
This 7lb 5oz chub is my second biggest ever (the best being last season’s 7lb 8oz). It is also my second ‘seven’ this winter, which has also seen me land fish of 6lb 5oz and two 6lb 12oz specimens.
Jamie Cartwright caught this immaculate 4lb 6oz perch from the Great Ouse on a lure last week. Here’s the former Drennan Cup Champion’s account of a memorable capture:
I arrived at the river bright and early on Sunday morning. The first thing I did was set up my lure rod in an attempt to track down a shoal of fish. I also had a bucket of lobworms and a couple of pint of red maggots with me as a back up in case I struggled with the lures, but I had been enjoying a rich run of form with the lures of late, so for now the lid would stay on the worm bucket.
I started casting my roach pattern Savage Gear 4 Play Shad all the way across to the far bank and began twitching it back along the bottom, trying to keep in contact with the lure at all times. To help with this, it’s crucial to use a jig head that is heavy enough to allow you to feel the lure hit bottom, but not too big so the lure behaves unnaturally.
In my third swim, I had an aggressive take as a clearly big fish made its mistake. I was beginning to think it was probably a pike, as it was feeling pretty heavy, although it didn’t seem to be darting about as pike tend to do. As it came up under the rod tip I was genuinely surprised by the size of the perch that appeared out of the gloom. I scooped up my prize and let out a huge sigh of relief, as I could see the lure clearly in the corner of the fish’s mouth during the latter stages of the fight and I was very nervous of the hook dropping out or snagging up in the rushes under the rod tip.
On the scales it weighed 4lb 6oz, which is my lure-caught personal best by exactly 1lb. It also fulfilled an ambition I’d set myself back in January, which was to catch a 4lb perch from the Great Ouse before the season was out. I followed that fish up with a few more perch weighing 3lb 1oz, 2lb 15oz, two 2lb 14oz and a 2lb 6oz, which certainly made it a day to remember. I just hope I can enjoy a few more days like that before the season ends.