Friday, April 27, 2007
Pike anglers in Northern Ireland are appealing for information as they compile a dossier on pollution problems at Lough Beg. A spill involving thousands of gallons of diesel oil is the latest incident to affect the shallow lough, in Co Londonderry.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
More than 8,000 gallons of red diesel haves formed a massive slick on Lough Beg, in Co Londonderry.
Pike Anglers Club members in the area say it comes just weeks after fish have spawned in the shallow lake on the Lower Bann system.
Specialist cleaners were still trying to contain what local media were calling an environmental disaster as darkness fell.
The alarm was raised by the crew of a police helicopter who spotted the oil spill close to Bellaghy, on Tuesday morning.
The disaster is the latest in a series of pollution problems to hit Lough Beg - an SSSI which was previously acknowleged as one of the finest pike fisheries in the Lower Bann system.
Gordon Nesbitt, the PAC's organiser for Northern Ireland, said the spill came after receding levels had killed pike spawn in recent seasons, and the lake had suffered further unexplained kills of adult coarse fish of all species.
The PAC is calling for answers over this - not least why the impact of such pollution outbreaks on the pike and pike fishing never seem to be considered by the powers that be.
Late tonight one TV station called the oil spill "an environmental diaster" - click here.
The alarm was raised by the crew of a police helicopter who spotted the oil spill in the lough while on a routine flight and radioed in details. The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) launched an investigation into the spill which is believed to have come from a nearby industrial estate. The Department of Environment said: "The EHS are currently investigating a spill of approximately 8,000 litres of red diesel into a tributary of Lough Beg.
"EHS Pollution Response Officers have identified the source and are currently trying to prevent more oil from reaching Lough Beg, an Area of Special Scientific Interest, A Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site."
Beg's shallow waters are one of the more celebrated pike fisheries on the Lower Bann system.
Scientists are appealing to pike anglers in East Anglia to help them understand the mysterious migration of the sea trout.
Despite all the sluices and other barriers placed in their way, migratory trout are still occasionally seen and once or twice a season even caught by anglers in the area.
Now the Environment Agency hopes those fishing the Great Ouse and its feeder rivers will notify its fisheries team if they come across one.
Pike or zander anglers, particularly those using lures or small fish baits, are thought most likely to catch sea trout, which begin their migration up our rivers to spawn in late September or early October.
Fisheries technical officer Andy Sadler said: “We know that trout do come up and you get the odd capture by people fishing for pike and other predators.
“We’re trying to get an idea of where people are catching them and where they’re going.”
Mr Sadler said the various sluices such as those at Denver and the Relief Channel Tail Sluice offered few opportunities when flows equalised enough for trout to enter the freshwater system and begin their journey upstream.
“Are they trying to get up the Ely Ouse, or do they run up the tidal river all the way up to Earith and then carry on up the Ouse.
“We have heard of captures but it’s all anecdotal, we want more evidence of what’s going on.”
Anyone who catches a sea trout is asked to return the fish alive and submit the date and location of capture, the weight and length of the fish and remove scales – preferably from high on the fish’s flank above the lateral line – to aid identification.
Returns can be emailed to email@example.com, or posted to Roger Handford at the EA at Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 4NE.
Monday, April 23, 2007
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Special events organiser Mark Skinner and Northern Ireland RO Gordon Nesbitt have been in discussions over arranging access to a private lough in Northern Ireland for a two-day charity fish-in next winter.
More details of the event, which will be held under the banner of children's leukaemia charity CLIC Sargent, will be announced shortly.
Mark said: "It is great to be able to raise funds for CLIC whilst doing something we love, which is pike fishing, hopefully members will attend these events and together we can raise some much needed funds for a worthy cause."
The event will be a landmark for the PAC, which now has a thriving region and rapidly-growing membership in Northern Ireland.
RO Gordon Nesbitt said: "It means an awful lot to us."
Friday, April 20, 2007
Lures will have their own secondhand stall at this year's event, presided over by Chico and the Lincoln Region.
Piking 2007 is being held at Stoneleigh, Warks, on Saturday, September 22.
Click here for more information on pike fishing's number one event.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
He'll be speaking about some of the stories in the long-awaited sequel to his celebrated book Mega Pike at the PAC's 30th Convention - along with co-author Jason Davis.
The pair have been coy about their captures until now. All we know is they are seriously special and their two-man talk is going to kick off a day not to be missed for any pike angler.
PAC promotions manager Mike Kelly said: "We're delighted they've chosen the PAC convention to reveal all for the first time."
The event is being held at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on Saturday, September 22.
Monday, April 16, 2007
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
"Pike fishing is a highly-specialised branch of angling, which carries with it the potential of causing harm both to fish and angler if not carried out correctly," our letter says.
"Our fear is that in selling such items to all-comers without any advice on either fish handling or health and safety, you stand the risk of either damaging pike stocks or even injuring your customers."
The club is willing to work with any retailer in the interests of pike conservation.
"We have worked to preserve the pike and pike fishing for the last 30 years," our letter goes on.
"We are widely-acknowleged as both a leading conservation body and an organisation which promotes health and safety and best practice."
Increased traffic on the PAC website and the club's members forums have helped to hike us up the ratings.
One of the current committee's ambitions is to make the PAC website the definitive source of news and information about pike fishing.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Nile perch topping 150lbs are the subject of a talk by Westcountry-based globe-trotter Andy Cowley, at a Bristol PAC meeting next week.
He'll be speaking about his predator fishing experiences and some of the dangers encountered along the way in Uganda.
The meeting is being held at the Ratepayer's Arms in Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, from 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 25.
Bristol RO Martyn Cattermole said: "Andy has been catching big predators, carp and barbel since the 1970s and has travelled extensively abroad catching big catfish, mahseer and nile perch.
"This talk and video presentation on Wed 25 April will be about some very challenging and dangerous fishing he has been doing over the last 2 years in Uganda catching Nile Perch to 158lb on lures, livebaits and deadbaits.
"And coping with hazards like elephants, hippos and crocs sharing the river alongside the anglers! An unforgettable, ultimate, angling experience for anyone who wants to catch fish with sharp teeth!"
For more details of meetings and activities in Bristol, click here.
It's at the King's Tavern in King's Road, Reading, from 8pm. Ample parking at rear - ask for a permit at the bar.
He'll be telling the convention about the discovery of his own piker's paradise and an incredible week's pike fishing which rewrote the history books.
We'd love to tell you more but we can't just now. Jason has also collaborated with Eddie Turner on a new book which picks up the threads from the celebrated Mega Pike - regarded by many as the best book of its era - and helped to bring it bang up to date.
Both the book and its authors will also be at the convention, which is being held on September 22 at Stoneleigh, Warks.
Click here for more on the event.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
review of the scientific evidence supporting the close season on rivers.
It is appealing to all anglers to complete a questionnaire included in its
Angling Lines news sheet, available from tackle shops.
All rivers and drains are closed by law for 93 days, between March 14 and
June 16. But the NFA believes there is now no evidence that the statutory
break protects fish stocks.
The picture is complicated yet further by the close season being abolished
on canals which are run by British Waterways and anglers being allowed to
fish some stillwaters which are connected to rivers.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Barrie Rickards will be master of ceremonies at pike fishing's premier event, which is being held at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on Saturday, September 22.
Ticket prices have been set at £10 members/£12 non-members - which includes parking. While admission charges were cheaper for last year's convention at Leeds Royal Armouries, many faced parking charges of £10 or more and a queue to release their cars after the event.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Mark will be talking about his pike and zander fishing career at the Joker Bar in Calder Road, Mossend, Bellshill.
Doors open at 7pm, admission £2 members/£5 non-members, includes light buffet.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Events on Lynn Brenig, Loch Fadd, Rutland Water and a number of as-yet undisclosed venues will feature on the club's callender of privileged or reserved access fish-ins this year.
The number of events has almost doubled, as the club looks to offer pike anglers new and interesting waters to fish.
But event prices are set to increase by around 15 per cent, after the committee heard the PAC currently makes a small loss on running them.
Full details - including how to apply - will appear in Pikelines.
Samples were passed around at today's committee meeting and they look the business.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Now there are instructional video clips on the basics of pike fishing and even a commercial about the club.
Check it out here.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
MacDonald's off the wall take on pike fishing.
Derek, who recently celebrated his 20th pike over the 30lbs bracket, brought
along a fish tank to demonstrate how he uses precision weighting to balance
lures, before going onto his live and deadbaiting techniques and over how
fish handling has changed since the glory days at Llandegfedd almost 20
Anglers from as far afield as Lincoln and the Thames Gateway attended the
meeting at Bottisham British Legion.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Environment Agency said the frogs were found recently in the Peterborough area by a member of the public.
"We are not aware that frogs with this kind of deformity have been seen in this country before - it would be interesting to hear from anyone who has seen them," a spokesman said.
"We not sure what the reason is. A parasite, pollution - they are possibilities. But we've reached no conclusions."
Research in America, where similar frogs have been found, suggests their deformity is caused by a parasite which attacks frog spawn.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Derek, who doesn't usually do slide shows, will be offering an insight into a pike fishing career which has just seen the capture of his 20th fish over 30lbs.
The show, entitled I Did It My Way, will be at Bottisham British Legion, with doors open around 7.30pm.
ROs Rik Wesley and Andy Blazey are expecting a large turnout.
For more info, directions to venue, maps etc check the Cambridge PAC website here.
The EA said delays at the printers meant the £24.50 replacement licences for the 2007 - 08 season were not sent out before last season's licences expired, on march 31.
A recorded message at the EA's HQ said they were posted on Monday and customers should receive them by tomorrow.
"If you want to fish now, you can, as long as you have your rod licence number and proof of ID with you," it added.
Monday, April 02, 2007
It's hard to think of a more innovative angler, or one who's done more to influence modern pike fishing and fish handling.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Papermakers Arms in Hawley Road, Dartford, Kent.
For more info on Thames Gateway meetings and activities, click here.
Mark's talk show will be on his pike and zander fishing exploits and is guaranteed to be a great evening.
The venue is the Joker Bar, Calder Road, Mossend, Bellshill.
Entrance is £5.00 pp for non RA93 members. £2.00 for RA93 members.
Doors open 7.00pm with talk starting 7.30 approx.
A light Buffet will be served on the night.
Raffles will be on sale with good prizes up for grabs.
They became law on the day a man was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation, after being resuced from a cruiser which caught fire and sank on the Yare at Bramerton, near Norwich.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
"Many northern pike spawning areas have been lost to drainage, dredging and shoreline development," an article on its website headed Pike Management says.
"They are destroyed by the farmer who drains a seasonally flooded wetland adjoining a stream or lake, and by the cabin owner who kills the cattails along the shore of a shallow bay.
"These areas must be protected through shore land regulations that prevent draining, filling and other destruction of shoreline wetlands. Also important are regulations that prevent wholesale removal of the shallow-water aquatic weeds that provide cover to young northern pike and their prey."
Notwithstanding the ongoing affects of climate change on our lowland rivers and the way they'renow managed to minimise flood risk, how many waters is the above true of..?
But the Minesota DNR is streets ahead of the Environment Agency when it comes to the solution: "Where northern pike spawning areas are lacking, a fish manager can create habitat by building a low dam to flood low-lying land near a lake.
The area fills with spring runoff, the northern pike spawn and the fry grow to fingerlings.
They then escape or, if there is a barrier between the lake and spawning area, are released to the main body of water."
To read the full article, click here.
Speakers covering different aspects of lure fishing for predatory fish include Andy Lush, Mike Green and Mike Ladle.
There will also be lure making demonstrations/workshops, a multiplier clinic, a host of trade stands offering the latest lures and tackle and a secondhand stall.
Doors open 9am. Admission is £10 for non-LAS members, £8 members; accompanied juniors free.
For more details on the event, click here.