Thursday, January 29, 2009
Region 31 Member & local specimen ace GARY KNOWLES has kindly stepped into the breach and will be presenting a slideshow on his all round specimen angling exploits, (this will be a different slideshow than Gary presented at R31 last year).
Entry £3 non-Region 31 members, £2 Region 31 members. Upstairs function room Caledonian Public house, Bolton Rd, Ashton in Makerfield, Nr. Wigan (next door to Tesco garage.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Mark Green and Peter Green will be giving a talk on pike fishing in Yorkshire at the
Meeting will be held at The Royal Pub,
The PAC has taken on the site, and webmaster Dave Lumb has revealed the club hopes to develop it.
Ad Swier tells of a one foot fly among the lily pads on www.pikeflyfishing.co.uk:
"Slowly my feet paddle away beside the rushes and lily pads. Some are in blossom, others are deep below the surface. Bright greens and deep shadows. Every now and then a wood of pondweed appears. The better spots for pike.
"The edges of the deep standing lilies. There where the shivering darkness starts, is another hot spot, the truly unknown domain of everybody's dream fish. The huge pike, with moss on the head."
John Mees looks closer to home, with his tales of Grafham zander.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
PAC webmaster Dave Lumb, who has redesigned the site, said: "Colin Brett has very kindly given the PAC the domain name and the contents of the site that he had built over the years.
"The PAC committee would like to thank Colin for this as the domain name is established and the site can become a valuable tool for attracting new members."
Dave said he hoped the site would become an important online resource for pike fly anglers.
"There is plenty of scope for expansion of the site to provided as good a resource for the pike fly fisher as the main PAC site has become for the general pike angler," he added.
"Towards that end we'd welcome input from our fluff-flinging members. What does it need? What would you like to see on it?
"Fly tying instructions would be most welcome for a start, but the site also needs a handling page dedicated to fly fishing rather than the current link out to the main PAC site."
The committee would also like to develop a recommended 'code' of tackle and practices to expand those on the main site.
"Thanks again to Colin for giving the club this opportunity," Dave said.
It kicks off at Coxhoe Workingman’s Club, High Street, Coxhoe, Co. Durham, at 8pm.
Admission £2 PAC members, £3 non-members on the door.
Further details available from Shane Patterson on 0191 3869078
Monday, January 26, 2009
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
First there was the unseasonal cold snap - perhaps not so much unseasonal as it is *technically* winter, just a bit colder than normal.
After a couple of weeks of this, parts of the UK have this weekend experienced a third of a month's rainfall 12 hours.
"And the miserable conditions are due to continue over the next few days," reports the Daily Mail.
Many hoped slightly milder weather might bring the pike back on the feed and there were encouraging signs on one or two waters last week.
A few more weeks of crap weather and the fat lady's going to be singing for this season on the rivers. Best make sure those waterproofs are, um, waterproof then.
Steve's a well-travelled, thinking angler with an impressive tally of big pike caught when he's not slaving away producing Pikelines.
RO Chico Winterton said: "Steve's talk is entitled "Heaven and Hell" and he'll be covering rigs and methods along with some of the many theories as to just why old Esox behaves the way she does.
"It will be a cracker of a talk, just remember to have plenty of questions ready at the end."
Venue details: Located in the North of the City in the Newport area on the B1226 which runs N-S from the ring road, The Stag's Head is a few hundred yards from the 2nd roundabout heading into the City on the left next to the St Nicholas Church. Once on the map link below search LN1 3DP
For more on LIncoln PAC meetings and activities, click here.
Graham Shillito, who proposed the change, also argued successfully for a restriction on using coarse fish deadbaits to be lifted.
Predator anglers had been limited to using sea deadbaits and lures only, but will now be able to use up to six small fish in a session for livebait, providing that these fish are caught and used at the venue on the same day.
Membership of Northwich Anglers Association is open to all, and offers prime coarse fishing for members only on the River Weaver, River Dane and a number of prestigious stillwaters in the Mid-Cheshire area.
The campaign to allow livebaiting and coarse deadbaits was supported by Northwich AA committee member and former PAC secretary Mark Leathwood.
“This just shows what can be achieved when anglers work together," Mark said.
"We did a great deal of work in putting forward a positive case which drew the support and goodwill of carp anglers and matchmen as well as predator anglers within our association.
"Attitudes towards livebaiting are changing and an increasing number of people are coming to understand that the method is of key importance to the modern specialist angler”.
Elsewhere, club officials in Norfolk have today told the PAC that reports new by-laws had effectively meant livebaiting was now banned on King's Lynn AA waters in the Fens were not true. The PAC is seeking official confimation of this in order to respond to the incorrect reports.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Barrie Rickards needs no introduction as a founding father of both the PAC and of modern pike fishing.
He's written more than 25 books - including Fishing For Big Pike, which many still regard as one of the most important books ever written on the species.
He'll be giving a rare talk in North Lanarkshire on Friday, March 27.
Click here for details on the Region 93 blog.
The special court sits whenever valuable relics are found, to decide whether the finder can keep them.
Metal detectorist Stephen Brown found the 5cm silver fish, believed to have been an Anglo-Saxon shield mount, in a field near East Walton last November.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Steve Younger runs SAS Tackle in King's Lynn and organises guided predator trips for just about everything that swims.
His book remains a sought-after classic.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Now they're raising funds for the campaign with some new individual lure boxes, which look just the job for the roving angler.
They're just the job for shorter sessions, when you might only want a handful of patterns. Better still, they're only £1.50 each and several will easily fit in your pocket.
Click here for more details on how to order.
That's more or less the conlusions of an Angling Times poll to find Britain's favourite species of fish, where out top predator managed barely a twentieth of the votes.
Even the Times was surprised at the outcome, with tench winning the survey with 24 per cent of the vote, with roach (21.7pc) coming second and carp (14.8pc) third.
Barbel, bream and perch all beat pike, which scored just 6.7 per cent. Only the chub got less votes.
In tonight's Norwich Evening News, angling correspondent Roy Webster writes: "How pike commanded little more than one-twentieth of the votes is a mystery.
"Pike fishing is one of the few expanding sections of the sport and the National Pike Anglers' Club membership grows year on year."
To avoid any confusion, we assume the National Pike Anglers Club referred to is in fact the PAC.
Monday, January 12, 2009
"More than 1.3 million people took to the rivers in 2008 fully armed with a fishing rod and licence in a bid to find credit crunch-friendly entertainment that won’t break the bank," the agency told the media.
"Rod licence sales hit a record high last year and are predicted to increase by a further 26,000 this year as cash-strapped consumers seek out cheap alternatives to increasingly expensive trips to the cinema, football and theatre."
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It's at the King's Head, East Hoathley, at 7.30pm. Click here for more information on their blog.
Click here to read it on the excellent Lumbland multi-species blog.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
That's the question we reckon thousands must be asking themselves tonight after a dour week when unseasonally low temperatures have seen waters frozen over from the Fens to the Glens.
Mike Ashcroft sums it up for many on the Cheshire Predator Group's blog.
"Four tentative dropped runs between us told us that the Pike are just not in the mood at the moment," he writes.
"We both agreed as soon as this weather breaks the Pike will really turn on."
Let's hope he's right. This season's not been an easy one for many pike anglers, if the impression you get from the forums and blogs is anything to go by.
Sprats might not be the most in-vogue bait compared to more exotic offerings like blueys and lamprey these days, but the Newcastle Journal reports:
"Pike anglers have suffered badly with the deep freeze seeing many traditional waters frozen over and unfishable.
"However piking is still continuing on the few rivers that hold the species and sprat has been the in bait for Tees fish around the Stockton and Yarm areas."
The web-based weather forecasting service Metcheck has this to say tonight: "Another cold start with some frost is expected across southeast England on Sunday morning, but the milder conditions will be moving in as the southwesterly winds freshen here, although it will probably remain dry throughout the day.
"Further rain at times will affect many northern and western areas, but temperatures could well make double figures for the first time in a long time."
You had to look hard to find anywhere with temperatures predicted to bump double figures. But five degrees is better than minus-five - if only because you don't need to go our dressed like Eskimo Nell and can at least get your baits in the water without them bouncing off the ice.
The BBC is also tipping milder weather - but warning heavy rain could bring a risk of flooding to some areas.
Many tip the first day or two of a thaw as the time to hit stillwaters, especially gravel pits.
Whether it's the slight increase in water temperatures or the oxygen boost from the lid coming off and the wind moving the water, it seems to get pike which have been lying dormant on the feed.
From the current freeze-up, the experts reckon we could find ourselves at the other extreme come the last week of January, when temperatures will be much milder than normal.
A week or two of that could see pike heading for their spawning areas early in some lowland areas.
Some pike anglers might even consider the Upper Thurne, Llangdegfedd or even Lomond for their final resting place.
Demand has now increased to the extent where a leaflet has been published on how to carry out the practice without upsetting other river users.
Avoiding areas other anglers have been prebaiting is probably a good idea.
The Inland Waterways Association says on the subject:
"The Environment Agency advises that there is no evidence to suggest that the disposal of human ashes in rivers and streams has a negative impact on the environment.
However, other aspects of these practices, such as casting tributes and other objects into the water could harm the environment or upset other river users.
Individual ceremonies are unlikely to pollute the water but you should comply with Environment Agency guidelines.
A free Environment Agency leaflet offers guidance on completing the practice without causing harm. The leaflet is available by telephoning the Agency's customer contact centre on 08708 506506."
That means many more Fen drains could be opened up to boats for the first time, offering pike anglers the opportunity to access remote areas of the system.
Feasibility studies have been doing the rounds of council chambers and committees for more than five years, while the public seem less than enthusiastic about the idea.
As a 90m stretch of moorings opened on the South Forty Foot at Hubberts Bridge, Lincs, South Holland councillors were being urged to do more to promote the benefits of the plans, which would link Lincoln, Boston, King's Lynn, Ely and Cambridge.
An Environment Agency report says:
"The Boston Waterways Link will provide a navigable link for recreational craft between the River Witham and South Forty Foot Drain and is the first key component of the Fens Waterway Link.The 18,000-strong Inland Waterways Association has this report, which lists the drains and rivers affected:
The Fens Waterway Link is a partnership project to develop a new navigation link within the Fens, starting in Boston, Lincolnshire and ending on the Great Ouse, Cambridgeshire.
This navigation link will provide a focus for new investment in the East of England and will support leisure and tourism interests.
It will open up 240km of waterway including 80km of additional navigable waterways, creating the largest waterway enhancement scheme in Europe.
The entire strategy will deliver rural regeneration on a major scale through water-based tourism."
"Following promotion of the restoration of this waterway by East Anglian Waterways Association, Fens Tourism (a consortium of local authorities) undertook a feasibility study of the route.While pike anglers of the future could be taking to boats to fish the drains and rivers, the plan has already suffered a setback of sorts.
This report was encouraging and EA adopted the project as ‘The Fens Waterways Link’, which it launched in 2004 with support from local authorities, EAWA and IWA.
The Link envisages:
(a) connecting the Witham to the South Forty Foot Drain at Boston,
(b) restoring the South Forty Foot,
(c) linking the South Forty Foot to the river Glen at Guthram Gowt,
(d) improving the Glen downstream to the Welland at Surfleet Seas End,
(e) creating a new non-tidal navigation from Surfleet Seas End upstream to Spalding,
(f) improving the Welland from Spalding up to Crowland,
(g) creating a new waterway from Crowland across to the Nene at Padholme Pumping Station,
(h) improving the route through the Middle Level to Salters Lode on the Great Ouse,
(i) improving the alternative Middle Level route via the Forty Foot River to Welches Dam lock,
(j) creating a new navigation, using the Old Bedford and New Bedford rivers southwards from Welches Dam to the Great Ouse at Earith,
(k) creating a landmark structure at Denver, involving flights of locks and an aqueduct over the New Bedford River, to eliminate the current tidal crossing,
and (l) creating a new direct waterway link from Chatteris to Earith."
West Norfolk council has scaled back plans for a marina in King's Lynn, which would have been connected to the Ouse at Denver via the Relief Channel and River Nar, because of infrastructure costs of raising bridges, dredging the Nar and and connecting it to the Relief Channel.
A new lock built at Denver Sluice, connecting the Ouse to the Relief Channel has been little-used.
But pioneering pike and zander anglers have been taking advantage of being able to fish the 12-mile channel from boats, which is permitted between June and October.
Did someone say zander..? Connecting drains and rivers linking Norfolk and Lincolnshire could have another consequence as far as the species is concerned.
While they are present in the Welland, zander are not currently found in much of the Lincolnshire drain system. That would doubtless all change once waterways were linked.
Similar plans to link the Ouse with the Grand Union Canal and the rest of the Inland Waterways Network via the proposed Bedford and Milton Keynes Link have been on the table for some years.
"This map is the only colour angling map ever likely to be needed for those who fish Loch Lomond either for game or coarse species," the blurb on their website says.
"The Coarse section was done by well-known pike experts with input from other leading experts in coarse fish. All the well-known hot spots for pike and other less known parts that produce great pike are all listed."
Some have dabbled with making their own. This US website has plans and instructions for the DIY-minded.
Hat tip the excellent Trollscot for flagging it up, here's an article on using planers. The rest of the site is well worth a look if you're into fishing big waters.
Friday, January 09, 2009
The PAC - which is also not known as the National Pike Angling Club - belongs to one of the organisations responsible for its formation, the Specialist Anglers Alliance.
Chairman Colin Goodge said: "As a member of the SAA, we automatically became a member of the Angling Trust on January 5 and will be continuing this membership when it becomes due for renewal, as the PAC's national committee believes the unified angling body is a necessary step for the sport."
Follow the link to find us - http://twitter.com/PikeAnglersClub
Thursday, January 08, 2009
"Local angler Gord Burton is almost in the record books with Lake Windermere," writes angling correspondent Ron Anderson.
"Gordon, nicknamed the ‘Piking Pirate’, has caught 99 20lb pike and only needs one more 20lb fish to reach the magical 100.
"This has never been achieved by any angler from one water and the angling press are all waiting for the final 20lb rod-bender."
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Visit the Angling Trust website to find out more about it's aims and the benefits of membership. You can also now join on-line.
Catfish Capers boss Martin Walker has sent us this update on how things have been going down in Sunny Spain.
Don't forget - a trip with Martin's outfit is top prize in this year's PAC Winter Raffle.
While not as many cats were caught in 2008 as there were in 2007, they're getting bigger, writes Martin.
We had three over 180lbs and 4 others over 170. One lucky chap, Percy Anscombe, landed cats of 184, 179 and a 160 a terrific result for the top lake. The carp are also packing on weight 2008 saw us landing over sixty 40lbers topped by Chris Smith's 51lber. I can see a greater number of carp anglers coming out this year.
Catfish Capers bookings are up on last year which must mean we're doing something right, but on the down side the pound has taken a real hammering. When our prices were set at the beginning of 2008 the £ was worth 1.30 Euro.
To raise our prices now would be suicide so I've looked closely at other ways to make saving/sales. Historically August (because of the heat and family beach holidays) and December/ January (too cold??) have been very slow to book but if you take a look at our catch returns the fishing is slower but still a lot better than staying at home in the UK.
Rather than having apartments empty it makes more sense to have them filled - they are already paid for (rented annually). Another reason for the deal I am about to offer is that I now own a Bar "The Jolly Fisherman" (yeah yeah I can hear it now what's a grumpy old git like me doing naming something Jolly ha ha ha).
When I have no clients out the bar is empty and no locals come in (not good) but when the bar looks busy with my clients in it the locals come in as well so hopefully you will eat and drink in the bar and we'll all be Jolly Fishermen!.
So to fill up these quieter months (January, August and December) I have the following offer
£150 for a week part-guided
So what do you get for this:
Free pick up from and drop off to Zaragoza airport;
Shared room in apartment;
Breakfast in the bar (full English);
All tackle (please bring your own reels and terminal bits if you wish to fish for carp);
Use of boat;
Guides will get you to the river and get you going, and return later to take you home at end of session.
I have already had a good response to this offer (it's been on the web site a week) so don't take too long making your mind up.
As for the rest of the year several months are now nearly full.
For more info click here to go to their website, or tel: 01494 488382 or mob: 07973 230957.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
In an e-mail to the PAC in response to a forum post about frozen waters, he reports: "Here's one of a large irish water and me breaking the ice in the boat - and we still caught...."
Things are looking grim as an unseasonal cold snap descends on much of the British Isles.
Tonight club member Danny Jones told the PAC Forum: "Three quarters of Llyn Brenig and some of Lake Bala were frozen last weekend.
"Some of the large lakes in Snowdonia are totally frozen, there are photos in the local papers of people skating."
Colin Alchin, from Essex, added: "Essex lakes I've seen in the last few days are frozen solid, mates report Thames Valley gravel pits are also frozen and ice in margins of rivers.
"Sea freezing at Padstow according to the weather man just now. Minus-11 at Benson (south of Oxford) currently. Minus 4.5 currently where I am south of Chelmsford (minus 6.5 this morning)."
Chris Bishop, from West Norfolk, said: "Many of the drains and stillwaters in the Fens are frozen. I'd check the weather if you're thinking of fishing in this part of the world at the weekend, and wrap up warm if you're daft enough to be out."
Click here for more.
Pour yourself a warming glass of something, sit down and click here to enjoy a trip with the Pike Whisperer.
Tha'ss a bit hard for pike fishing in the Fens - so get yer skates on...
Ice skaters took to the frozen Welney Washes today for the first time in more than a decade, the Cambridgeshire Times reports today.
The vast wetlands, between the Delph and Hundred Foot River, on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border, were once the home of great skating contests, when skaters flocked from across the country to challenge Fen folk to races.
Many anglers are hanging up their rods, as waters up and down the country freeze.
Temperatures are tipped to dip as low as -10C tonight - colder than the Antarctic, as an unseasonal cold snap grips much of the country.
Forecasters predict warmer weather by the weekend. But many pikers are faced with an unexpected break in their winter campaign unless the ice clears.
Click here for a report from the Daily Mail on the cold snap.
***To check the forecast where you're hoping to fish, click here to access the excellent Metcheck service. Just enter your postcode, county or the nearest town and click on the tabs for an advance forecast.
Metcheck also allows you to set up e-mail alerts, to receive the following day's forecast for your chosen location direct to your inbox each afternoon.
Martin Salisbury - Author of the book 'Where to fish in Lancashire', Martin is a very passionate angler, he is an all round specimen hunter and a Committee member of Region 31 PAC. Martin will be talking on his all round exploits fishing for many species including pike and some VERY large continental catfish, this is the first time Martin has presented his slideshow and its one not to be missed
Martin James - Angling legend and BBC Radio DJ, Martin has entertained thousands of anglers over the years with his BBC Radio show 'At The Waters Edge' and has presented slideshows throughout the UK for over two decades, Martin will be presenting a general 'mixed bag' talk including question and answers.
Upstairs function room Caledonian Hotel, 154 Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, WN4 8PF (next to Tesco garage). Entry £3 for non-Region 31 Members and £2 for region 31 Members. Wednesday 7th January 8pm.
R/O Region 31
Click here to listen on BBC iPlayer. Hat tip Daniel Cook for posting a link on the PAC Forums.
Monday, January 05, 2009
The three-metre craft, with a camouflaged brown and white paint scheme, was found at Eacon Socon on December 19.
Anyone who might know the owner should call PCSO Alan Newman, at St Neots Police Station, on 0845 456 4564.
Pete & Mark have a wealth of Pike fishing experience, Pete has served with the PAC Committee.
The venue is the Caledonian Hotel, 154 Bolton Road, Ashton-In-Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire, WN4 8PF.
£2 entry for region members - £3 for those who aren't a member of the region.
Prize raffle - first prize a copy of PAC 30 signed by some of the contributors. All welcome.
Hope to see you there.
R/O Region 31
Thursday, January 01, 2009
"This means that for many of us any sport to be had is limited to fishing running water. If you are anything like me you feel the pull of the water to get you out for a few hours and wet a line.
"I did that yesterday and even though I was only rewarded with a small pike the effort was extreemly worthwhile in clearing the head and working up even more appetite for the New Years Eve celebrations.
"How many times has it been said that "there is so much more to fishing than catching fish" (I don't expect an answer) but for the vast majority of us it is so true.
"Seeing the waters in their Winter glory, the water fowl and other wildlife, trying your luck and perhaps being rewarded with a decent fish are all enough to get some of us out of the house.
"As far as the PAC is concerned we are alive and kicking. Our membership numbers are healthy and we are financuially sound. We could always do with more on both counts and are always searching for ways to achieve this.
"We can look back at successes during 2008 and indeed never let a serious threat to our species and the sport it can provide go unchallenged. For 2009 there are a number of isues building up that will require our collective attention.
"How will we ensure that pikers get a voice in the potentially mega Angling Unity group? How can we influence the outcome of the revision of The Angling Bill to our benefit, to name a couple of matters that will need our attention.
"Such is our lot and we will not shy away from it, what is more we are able to demonstrate serious strength in depth in the club as will be revealed when we announce the names of the incoming committee around May.
"So my message to the membership is a simple one. Stick with us and support the club. Try to encourage new members especially young ones or others who's membership has lapsed the battle will never be over. And above all, enjoy your pike fishing."