The Prince Albert Angling Society will be at the 2014 Midland Game and Country Fair - and their line-up of speakers is impressive! They include Dilip Sarkar, pictured below.

The Midland Game Fair weekend is being staged on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21  at Weston Park, Weston-under- Lizard, near Shifnal, South Staffordshire TF 11 8LE.

Prince Albert stalwart Martin James told Angler’s Mail: “In the PAAS marquee there will be a team of speakers.

“The Society will be showcasing all the main society sections with specific stands for the game, coarse, junior, membership and working party sections, there will be demonstrations of fly dressing with Alan Featherstone and his team of fly tying demonstrators.  Andy Cooper will be covering carp fishing rigs, and on the juniors stand there will be a tombola with prizes.

“There will be a photo identification competition which will test members knowledge of our waters, again with angling based prizes and free to enter,  John Kirby will have a knot strength testing rig so there is plenty of interest for all those attending the two-day event.

“There will be a meet and greet area where members and potential members will have the chance to chat with the committee members regarding any areas of the society that they wish to discuss and for us to have an area to talk over a refreshment with interested landowners and riparian owners etc.”


Martin  James is at the West Midlands Game and Angling Fair

Martin James is at the West Midlands Game and Angling Fair


The speakers  programme for Saturday 20th September


11am  Alan Roe – All Aspects of Trotting with both Centerpins and Fixed Spool Reels


12 noon Dilip and Karen Sarkar  – River Pike & Zander: Our Take!  

Dilip Sarkar MBE usually found on his local rivers, Severn, Teme, Wye and Warwickshire Avon, for pike and zander. He is possibly the only angler in history to have taken pike in excess of 20lb from all four rivers, and one of very few to have taken pike over 25 lb and zander in excess of 15lb from the Severn (his biggest zander is a summer-caught 17 lb fish); in February 2014, he caught what is possibly the third biggest pike caught from the Warwickshire Avon. A retired police officer and author of some 36 books concerning the Battle of Britain and Spitfire aircraft, now works full-time as the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Manager.

Karen caught a small pike from the river Teme in 2008  – igniting a passion for pike and river pike fishing. Since then, Karen has been out in all weathers, fishing from bank and boat, taking numerous respectable pike, to 23 lb 5 oz, and zander to 11 lb 7 oz, from her local rivers, in addition to Teme barbel a shade under double-figures; she is passionate about angling, always the last to pack up! Karen is professional artist and lover of all kinds of wildlife.


1pm  Martin James   – Glugs Flavours sprays and much more  

Author writer broadcaster, made a life member of  PAAS in 2013 for services to the Society. Caught his first fish in 1942 has fished from the Arctic Circle to the Amazon Jungle. Enjoys every aspect of angling both in fresh and saltwater.


2pm  Chris Leibbrandt – Lure fishing for fun

50 years’ experience as an angler and over 45 of them lure fishing, Chris, former boss of the Pike Anglers’ Club, and current president of the Lure Anglers’ Society knows a thing it two about lure fishing, most of it about enjoying the fun element. Chris has worked for some of the biggest names in lure fishing, designing lures and helping to spread the word. Marketing man in the tackle trade, angler, writer, designer raconteur and wit.

3pm John Costello –  Barbel Reflections

Born in Warwickshire, home is in Gloucestershire. 57 years old, John caught his first fish as a 12 year old and been learning ever since. He said: “I moved to Tewkesbury when I was 16, but it took a few years to fall in love with what the late Billy Lane called the ‘working man’s gamest river’, the Severn. (It was too big for a lad reared on small Warwickshire streams).

“I caught my first barbel from the middle Severn in 1977 and have been barbel fishing the Severn ever since.  I started barbel fishing the lower river around 1979 and it took two years before I caught my first lower Severn barbel.  I was certainly one of the first if not the first ‘specialist angler’ to target the lower Severn barbel.  Since then I have had approaching 2000 lower Severn barbel topped by a 15-07 in 1998.”


Get along to the Game Fair!

Get along to the Game Fair!


The speakers  programme for Sunday 21st  September

11am Alan Roe – All Aspects of Trotting with both Centerpins and Fixed Spool Reels

12 noon Dilip and Karen Sarkar – River Pike & Zander: Our Take!  

1pm Martin James – Flavouring baits making cheese paste and catching chub

2pm Chris Leibbrandt  – Lure fishing for fun

3pm John Costello – Barbel Reflections


For more visit these websites

Prince Albert Angling Society

Midland Game and Country Fair official website