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Some of the best match anglers from England and France are competing at White Acres this weekend, including World Champion’s such as Alan Scotthorne, William Raison and Didier Dellanoy. This is the second year that the Drennan Rive Silverfish Festival is being held at White Acres. It is a really friendly two-day event with over 80 anglers invited to fish on behalf of the joint hosts, Drennan International and Rive, including 20 anglers from France.
The format is very simple. Float only, with a pole limit of 13 metres and no bait limit. It is silverfish only, so no carp, crucians or F1s will count. The lakes used include Pollawyn, Jennys, Twin Oaks, Trelawney, Python, Sycamore and Acorn, which will offer some really diverse fishing.
The best baits should be casters, maggots and chopped worms, with pinkies figuring in the harder areas. For some anglers it should be a straightforward bagging session while others may have to work out a way of catching silverfish and not the meddlesome carp!
Last year we witnessed plenty of all-roach weights of over 20lb, plus some even bigger nets of bream and skimmers. Quality perch, tench and even a few bonus barbel figured in catches. Last year’s victor was Drennan Team England new recruit and Kamasan Starlets team man Cameron Hughes with a perfect two section wins and two match wins from the fancied High Bank of Pollawyn. His total weight was a staggering 112lb! That was followed by fellow England team member and Drennan Barnsley Blacks’ Matt Godfrey who also scored two perfect section wins from Jennys and a total weight of 86lb.
This year the anglers will be drawing zones on Day One, which means they are guaranteed to fish two different lakes. There will also be an added team prize with a random draw that will include one angler from France in each team.
Day One Individuals Results
Day Two Individuals Results
|1st||Derek Hammond||Drennan Oxford||33–8|
Derek Hammond is the 2015 Drennan Rive Silverfish Festival Champion after scoring a perfect two section wins and amassing a 48lb 5oz total.
Now in its second year this prestigious event was once again held at the prolific White Acres Holiday Park in Cornwall. The experienced Oxfordshire matchman won his section on Python on Day One and then put in a great performance to win the match outright on Pollawyn on Day Two.
His 33lb 8oz weight from Peg 15 consisted of quality skimmers to 3lb plus a few bonus perch and barbel. He caught most of his weight on a 5m swim with double dead red maggot over groundbait and chopped worm.
The best rig was a 0.6g John Walker Special on 0.13mm line to a 0.11mm hooklength, size 18 Silverfish Pellet hook and Aqua 4-6 F1 & Silverfish Bungee. His reward was £700 and a shiny new Rive seatbox.
Second overall was Grant Albutt who also had two section wins but a slightly lower 46lb 11oz total. Jon Jowett also had maximum points and his 38lb 12oz total weight earned him third overall.
Despite the really tough weather conditions, which included hail storms and gale force winds, it still proved to be a great event fished in good spirits. Prizes were also awarded to all of the 84 competitors courtesy of Drennan and Rive.
|1st||Derek Hammond||Drennan Oxford||14||48lb 5oz|
|2nd||Grant Albutt||Matrix||14||46lb 11oz|
|3rd||Jon Jowett||Drennan Northwest||14||38lb 12oz|
|4th||Callum Dicks||Maver||13||56lb 1oz|
|5th||Simon Willsmore||Drennan||13||54lb 11oz|
|6th||Andy Bennett||Guru||13||51lb 12oz|
|7th||Darren Davies||Drennan||13||51lb 5oz|
|8th||Des Shipp||Preston||13||39lb 13oz|
|9th||Martin Kirk||Sensas A4||13||33lb 14oz|
|10th||Jon Arthur||Drennan||12||38lb 5oz|