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WELL it is almost that time again, the most anticipated day of the year is getting closer – I am not talking about Christmas, New Years Eve or even the kids going back to school after what seems like an eternity, I am talking about the Pike Anglers Club Annual Convention.
This year, as one of our speakers, we are delighted to welcome one of the biggest names in angling, Des Taylor. Des will be talking about catching predators in general, but obviously with the emphasis being on pike.
This is the first time we have had Des as a speaker and as he explained in the recent interview in, Pikelines, the club magazine, this is because he now has more time for this kind of event and he is keen to start really promoting the sport.
Des is well known as a larger than life character and one of the true all-rounder’s in the sport and this is reflected in his predator fishing – 50 pike over 20lb, 18lb zander, 7lb eels etc, Des really knows his stuff and will deliver his talk in his usual no-nonsense fashion, laced with plenty of humour.
Our second speaker is Brian Ingram who will be looking at pike fishing ‘Past, Present and Future’. Brian has been pike angling for a very long time and has caught some very large fish. He is a man who really thinks about his approach, often utilising techniques that are ‘outside the box’ such as using a bait boat when boat fishing. Brian is a farmer and therefore has very limited time. He is an expert at making the most of limited opportunities. He is also a man with some very good tales to tell and so this talk will be well worth listening to.
The final speaker is another pike angler who needs no introduction, George Higgins. George is something of a veteran at the event, with this year being his 4th appearance on the stage. George’s history of speaking at the convention goes all the way back to 1986. For those that don’t know, George is from over the water in Ireland and Irish piking will be the subject of his presentation. Exactly what he will be talking about we don’t know – because he wouldn’t tell us! In Georges’ words though ‘If you don’t want to come and fish for pike in Ireland when I’ve finished, I’ll eat my hat, suitably flavoured!’ With some of the horrible oils and flavours we use in the pike fishing world he must be confident of delivering a very good presentation!
This year also sees the return of the ever popular ‘Piking Panel’ a Q&A session, which always has the potential to be a bit lively!
There will also be the ever present trade Stands, which offer the chance to buy a real bargain and stock up for the season ahead. Larger stands this year include the ever present ‘The Tackle Shop’, Eddie Turner Specialist Tackle, Pikefishing UK and Waterwolf. There will also be plenty of smaller specialist stands in the 676 square metre Traders Hall.
Juniors are well catered for with 3 separate junior coaching workshops taking place all ran by Eric Edwards, the PAC Angling Development Officer. Eric will be assisted by his band of eager volunteers from amongst the ever growing number of Sports England qualified Angling Coaches that form the PAC’s coaching team.
This year we will also be holding workshops for Regional organisers and Liaison Officers to help them get the best out of their roles.
There will be the usual raffle which has some fantastic prizes including a fishing holiday in Spain! This year there will be a charity auction by the lads who completed the Pikeathlon charity event at the start of the year. Again there will be some great prizes in auction- including a 24hour fully guided catfishing trip with yours truly!
As you can see there is plenty going on and there is certainly something for everyone. The convention is open to all, you do not have to be a PAC member to attend. If you are interested in pike fishing, or just want to grab a few tackle bargains, this event is definitely not to be missed. Doors open at 9.00am and the admission costs are Adult PAC members £8.00, Adult non-members £10 (£2 refunded if you join on the day). Admission is free for under 16s as is the car parking. This really is a quality event at a very good price, so hopefully we will see you there!
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