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Pike Anglers Club members meet up – and get geared up for action
PIKE anglers from around the country converged on Harrogate to attend The Pike Anglers’ Club annual convention, which was held at The Pavilions Conference Centre.
This showpiece annual event started with a member’s AGM and opening address by general secretary, Alan Dudhill, who gave an inspiring presentation to members and visitors. Guest speakers, Des Taylor, Brian Ingrams and George Higgins, entertained the crowds in a packed auditorium.
Anglers were treated to a host of bargains in the exhibition hall, which was packed with trade stands. Amongst the retailers were Pikepro, Baitbox, Sovereign Baits, Eddie Turner Tackle, The Tackle Shop, Dave Lumb Specialist Tackle, Pike Fishing UK, Waterwolf Lures and many more. You can see a few standout products from the trade side of things in the latest Angler’s Mail magazine.
The PAC stand was also proudly displaying their new product range and of course the second hand stall was as popular as ever with the bargain hunters.
True to form, there were plenty of award ceremonies to recognise individual achievements, a mega raffle and of course the famous Menteith draw.
PAC angling coaches, headed by Eric Edwards, were on hand to run a number of junior workshops, with tips from some of the country’s leading experts including Mick Crisp, Paul Garner and Des Taylor.
Many juniors were put through the PAC training program and were of course showered with gifts, prizes and awards.
The PAC also announced the introduction of their ‘free junior membership scheme’. All juniors may now join the PAC free of charge and will receive a copy of ‘Pikeonlines’, the PAC’s online magazine and get access to all the advice, fact sheets and information they will ever need to develop their piking skills.
General secretary Alan Dudhill commented: ‘This was our annual showcase and nicely depicted everything that the PAC stands for.
‘The atmosphere was fantastic and represented the great social side of the club, with like-minded anglers and friends meeting up to talk everything ‘pike’ and grab a few bargains.
‘With the start of the traditional pike season here, this event aptly marked the start of the season and got us all in pike-mode.’
Next year’s event will return to the Midlands; date and venue to be confirmed.
And now for the actual fishing!
Last season was a particularly tough year for pike anglers, who had to endure some bitterly cold weather and northerly winds blowing in their teeth.
Many were ready for the end of the season but, like me, have had a long summer to reflect on results and develop a plan of attack for this season.
The 1st October marked the start of the traditional pike season. Dedicated pikers from around the country are already flocking to their favourite waters with all the anticipation and enthusiasm a new season brings.
As temperatures cool, the big pike will become lethargic and will not feed as often, but when they do feed, they’ll be thankful of the easy meals offered by anglers.
Hopefully we’ll soon be seeing pictures of this year’s monster pike. Watch this space!
Alan Dudhill’s top tips for the new pike season
Locating big pike – Find the prey fish and the pike will not be far away. After a couple of hard frosts or a period of prolonged cooler weather, prey fish will head to deeper water where the oxygen levels are higher. At these times, concentrate on the deeper water and you’ll soon find the pike. You may even be very lucky enough to time it right for a big pike coming in to feed.
Mobile approach – Big pike will often return to their favourite resting place after feeding and can stay there for a month or so before having to feed again. During this time, they will no doubt be able to ambush the odd extra meal and can continue to lay-up. Find these lairs and you’ll greatly increase you chance of catching the big girls.
Big baits – Big pike are big because they’re fat and idle. They didn’t get this way by burning off energy chasing fry. Big baits of around 8-10 inch will give you the edge.
For all the latest news, tips and tricks, visit the PAC website. And follow some helpful blogs the PAC will be bringing your way here on the Angler’s Mail website during the cooler months.
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