Monday, August 13, 2007

Cambridge PAC's winter programme

Cambridge ROs Rik Wesley and Andy Blazey are the latest to announce their winter programme of meetings, which be held at their normal venue of Bottisham British Legion.

September 5th 2007 Rob Christen
Rob talks about some fantastic captures he has had from the Fens, including Fenland Pike in excess of thirty pounds.

October 3rd Matt Rand
Our very own Regional member and Fox Consultant Matt Rand, explains how he uses modern technology, to track down new waters. Being an all rounder, expect to see large fish of different speices in this talk.

November 7th Graham Slater
Better known to some for his Carp fishing antics, Graham has had some fantastic captures of Pike over the years. A regular contributer to Pikelines and Pike and Predator. Graham tells how he goes about his Pike fishing.

December 5th 2007 Jason Davies
Jason is about to reveal some fantastic catches he has kept quiet over the last few years in a new book written with Eddie Turner entitled Megapike The Return. If you miss him at the Piking 2007 Conference or wish to see him again , now is your chance. Dispel the rumors and listen to Jason's own account of the catches first hand.

January 9th 2008 James Gardner
James talks about his very successful Catfishing captures on the Continent.

February 6th 2008 Tim Kelly
Tim needs no introduction as a lure angler, listen to him as he accounts a trip he took to North America in search of Muskie.

March 5th 2008 Mick Bowen
I am told LO Mick Bowen gives an hilarious slideshow, your chance to see it now at Cambs PAC!

April 2nd 2008 Quiz night and Mega Raffle.
Join us for a quiz night as our very own Dennis 'Bamber' Moules takes the chair as quiz master. If funds are healthy then some will be put back into a Mega Raffle later in the night.

Rik and Andy have sent us a report on last season, when their meetings were attended by up to 70 people.

"We have completed our first year as RO's for Cambridge PAC and what a great year it has been too," they write.

"We were very fortunate to take on a very strong region from Dick Culpin and were able to build on that. Piking friends, old and new rallied round and gave their time to give some excellent talks during our monthly regional meetings.

"In September Mike Green came and gave an excellent talk on Fly fishing for Pike coupled with a section on Jerkbaits. He showed us some big fish he had caught and introduced many to a new section of our sport that is growing rapidly.

"Andy Lush of The Friendly Fisherman was our speaker in October talking about his trips to Spain to fish for Barbel on the fly/Lures, Andy is a real 'thinking angler'and very thought provoking when you listen to him, an excellent talk.

"Gary Knowles combined a fishing trip joining a group from Cambs PAC on the Anglian Reservoirs with an excellent talk in November. The Reservoir fished poorly so Andrew Blazey took him out on the Ouse and the inevitable happened, Gary boated a 21lb Pike within minutes of setting off! Good work Fella!

"Eric Edwards came and gave his superb new talk on Big water Pike fishing in December, Very different from the Fens! It was my turn to guide a speaker for a spot of Fenland fun and afloat in Gale force conditions we braved a Drain and River in search of a Lure caught Zander for Eric, the inevitable happened and Eric Caught Pike while I caught Zeds!

"January saw a informal members night with David Wesley and Andrew Blazey taking the limelight with half hour slots of thier given subjects. The rest of the night was spent talking with plenty of banter thrown in.

"It was back to Fly fishing for Predators in February as Nigel Savage took the stage and gave us an excellent insight into 'fluff chucking' for Zander and Pike. What Nigel does not know about this subject probably ain't worth knowing. With years of experience and some very big fish under his belt he amazed us, showing just what you can do with Feather,EP,Glue and Whipping!

"The PAC Committee arrived in March in what has become quite a tradition over the years for us.They discussed their first year of term and how they felt it had gone, what, also they hoped to achieve. Excellent work guys, keep it up.

"Finally in April, Derek Macdonald came and gave a rare appearance to a packed venue of Pikers. With some of the finest Pikers in the country present, Derek gave us a glimpse into his Piking styles, his section on lures was quite fascinating attracting our biggest turn out of the year of 70 people.

"Average attendances of the year went to around 40 people a night.A big thank you to all speakers and anyone involved in making these evenings the fun they were from all at Cambs PAC."