Drennan Team England have been practising hard in Slovenia in readiness for the 62nd World Championship this weekend.
Drennan Team England await the starting hooter for Day 2 of the official practice week alongside a stunning Slovenian backdrop.
The 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.
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!
Sascha Schmitz from Lindlar in Germany has been catching plenty of fish with his Drennan Series 7 Method Feeder rod.
Sascha has kindly sent in a number of excellent images of quality fish caught using the rod and Method Feeder tactics. His nice and blunt verdict is: “I love this rod!”
The versatile Series 7 Puddle Chucker Method Feeder is available in 11ft and 12ft lengths and also as a dual-length 11ft/12ft Method Feeder Combo.
Drennan’s Stewart Moss travelled up to Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland last week for a family holiday, and of course after all the usual daytime sightseeing and beach activities found time to do some fishing in the evenings with his very enthusiastic children.
Stew’s biggest roach of the trip at 2lb 5oz.
Staying and fishing at the wonderful Lochnaw Castle Fishery, they were lucky to catch a number of lovely roach, topped by Stew’s 2lb 5oz example. Sadly, a much bigger fish was lost near the net when it managed to throw the hook with one last roll – blame being hotly disputed between Dad on the rod and the children on the landing net…
Most of the fish were caught using Drennan 8mm Method Boilies in Pineapple Punch or Tutti Frutti flavour, fished on a short braided hooklength, hair-rigged to a size 16 Wide Gape spade end hook.
Drennan Oxford (left to right): Gary Barclay, Martin Phipps, Carl Eland, Matt Herbert.
Drennan Oxford have won the annual Turner 400 Championship on the River Thames.
The experienced team of four managed an excellent 86-point total in the 27-team event, ahead of Turners on 72 points, to take the £600 top prize.
Gary Barclay was 2nd in his section on the Clanfield stretch with 8lb 9oz, Carl Eland won his section and was 5th overall at Rushey with 10lb 15oz, which included a nice tench, Martin Phipps was 7th in section with 6lb 9oz and Matt Herbert was 4th in section with 8lb 1oz of mostly small gudgeon on a whip.
The river looks top be in great form with plenty of small fish feeding for the start of tomorrow’s three-day Thames Festival.
We have just uploaded a nice pole fishing video starring Alan Scotthorne and Peter Drennan.
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.
Watch the video »
Issue 3 of Pole Fishing Plus is now out.
It stars Drennan Team England’s Simon Willsmore and Matt Godfrey on the River Thames, plus Lee Kerry’s diary fresh from the World Club Champs with Drennan Barnsley.
For just £2.99 you get a 51-minute video and a 67-page digital magazine.
Visit www.polefishingplus.com to learn more.
Brian Livesey from New York is now a lifelong fan of our Fluorocarbon Fly Leader after it helped him bank this impressive lake trout.
An enthusiastic Brian told us: “You seriously produce the best Fluorocarbon Leader out there. I had to send a message to let you know because I’ve been through a ton of leader brands and lost countless amounts of fish.
“The lake trout was caught using your 5lb test leader and it’s clearly a large fish for this size. I’m guessing definitely over 20lb… seriously amazing for 5lb test and in the current of the mighty Niagara river.
“I honestly muscled him in at the end and to my amazement, this leader didn’t break. It continued to catch fish all day with no issue, even when nicked. Just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing product. I’m a lifelong customer now. Cheers!”
The October edition of Pole Fishing magazine has just hit the newsagent shelves and is well worth picking up.
Alan 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.
Tony Peet had a rewarding session on the Ribble just as this spate river was fining down after heavy rain. An excellent net of redfins was his reward, as he explains:
“On my previous outing for roach on this swim I had found the small fish very difficult to avoid, even on caster or tares. With this in mind, I took some corn and also a couple of pints of pinkies, along with the normal caster, hemp and tares. I mixed some groundbait and added some samples of hook bait. The pinkies are a good attractor and I hoped would keep the small stuff busy.
“After putting four good cricket-sized balls laced with bait in I tackled up. I imagined my first run down would get a bite, but nothing. The next half hour was spent searching the swim and changing baits. The depth was changed, shot was changed but after an hour I only had half a dozen chublets and small dace. Then, the float buried and I had the gentle nod nod of a nice roach. I changed to corn and had another good fish, followed by a few more decent ones.”
Tony used an Acolyte Ultra 13ft matched with an Abu 506 closed face reel, loaded with Float Fish line to a size 20 hook and 0.08mm hooklength.
The Evesham Angling Festival is one of the highlights of Jon Arthur’s season. Here’s how he got on this year over three tough (and very wet) days.
I love the buzz around the Evesham Festival, seeing the crowds, hearing the commentary over the tannoy and mingling with the top names. It’s also nice to have my family and friends come along to watch and hopefully cheer me on. That includes a very supportive wife who sits behind me in all kinds of weather. She deserves a medal, especially after all the rain we had!
Saturday was the big individual championship with £3,000 to the winner. 70 of us lined up to draw and I had a list of pegs I really wanted to be sat on. I would have taken anywhere on the Crown Meadow other than dreaded Peg 3 (which I incidentally found myself on two years ago – so I don’t always draw flyers!) but pegs 1 and 2 and pegs 5 to 10 were the ones I really fancied for a day’s roach sport. I was about 15th in the queue and no decent pegs of any description had come out by the time it got to my turn. I dipped my hand in the bag and out popped peg 6, quickly followed by a big groan from everyone and a few jealous mutters!