Saturday, 3 December 2011

January 24th an evening with Dilip Sarkar

'Dilip Sarkar was an original member of the Pike Anglers' Club of Great Britain, aged just 16, in 1977. A year later he succeeded Des Taylor as Regional Organiser for Worcestershire, a role Dilip enjoyed for two years. Growing up in Worcester, he has fished the rivers Severn and Teme for a lifetime, for a variety of species but especially pike and zander. A pioneering pike conservationist in this match and game dominated area, his recent work in setting up the East Diglis Predator Syndicate & Partnership is inspirational, drawing upon his long experience as a police officer championing the multi-agency approach to the problem solving. A dedicated river piking enthusiast, Dilip has caught big pike from both his local rivers and the Wye, and now enjoys targeting both pike and zander on the River Severn in particular. Dilip's Powerpoint presentation includes a little local history, personal history, tales of fishing with his schoolday friends, all still PAC members and with whom he still fishes, and a summary of where the Severn is today so far as pursuing specimen predators is concerned. Well-known for his huge enthusiasm for life and everything he does, Dilip is also the author of 30 books featuring the Spitfire aircraft, which he is now studying for his PhD, and the Battle of Britain. For this effort he was made an MBE in 2003 and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. His angling inspiration is drawn from the desire to better his 25.01 pike from the Severn (caught on 12 March 2011), catch a truly big Severn zander, and perhaps one day even catch a Wye 30 - something he was cheated of by fate back in 1982 and a tale he will re-tell with both angst and remarkably good humour! Dilip's passion for piking was rekindled two years ago by his wife, Karen, now an established angling artist, and son James, a fishery management student and contributor of the regular 'Young Pikers' page to Pikelines. Karen, also a PAC member, accompanies Dilip on his talks, providing a stand of her artwork. For more information please see and Dilip is currently, in fact, becoming increasingly involved with PAC again, contributing to both Pikelines and Pike & Predator, and in demand as a speaker by Regions all over the UK.
We are very sorry that we are unable to put on a meeting in December this year, but we are sure you will agree that Dilip's talk will be worth the wait. Please note that this is not the last Tuesday in the month. It is in fact the week before, this is the only date which is convenient for Dilip as he is talking at another region the following week.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Many Thanks

I would just like to thank everyone who attended the meeting last night, shame there wasnt a few more of us but never mind. Those of us who did attend were treated to an entertaining and very informative evening with Julian. I think everybody came away with something they can put to good use in their own fishing I know I certainly did.
The bad news is that we are unable to have a meeting in December as the venue is very busy with christmas bookings. However we will return on January 24th with an evening with Dilip Sarkar.
More details to follow soon.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Meeting Date Change

We are really sorry but due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to move Julian Chidgey's talk forward to Monday 28th November all the times are the same it is just that it is on the Monday NOT the Tuesday

Monday, 31 October 2011

Tactical big pike fishing

Tuesday November 29th - Tactical Big Pike Fishing - Julian Chidgey

This should be an evening not to miss! We are very pleased to welcome Julian to our new venue to give us his brand new talk and slideshow.

At the age of 28 Julian has already lifted the Drennan cup, has a monthly series in the UK’s best-selling angling title and works as a consultant for Fox International and Richworth. Well known for his predator catches. Julian will be showing us his approach to locating and catching big pike from waters as diverse as tiny drains all the way through to massive lochs and even the brackish water of the Baltic Sea!

With an in depth look at tackle, rigs, baits and location, there should be something for everyone.

Julian said ‘I’m looking forward to bringing my brand new slide show to the Devon PAC region. I will be bringing the pike tackle that I use along with me on the night, and will be talking in-depth about my approach for big pike. My sponsors will also ensure that there are some great prizes for the raffle’.

All meets will now take place downstairs at THE MILL ON THE EXE (Bonhay road, Exeter EX4 3AB). Meet at 7pm, talks begin 7:30. All are welcome: £2 PAC members/ £3 Non Members

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Dom Garnett


Our very own joint Regional Officer

Passionate writer and predator angler Dom Garnett opens our winter season with an engaging talk and some stunning photography. Among other subjects, he will be lifting the lid on recent predator fly fishing exploits in the build up to his debut book "Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish". Recently cited as "Britain's most promising angling writer" (Angling Times), this will be an evening not to miss.

Featuring our now infamous raffle for some fantastic pike related prizes!

All meets will now take place at MILL ON EXE (Bonhay road, Exeter EX4 3AB). Meet at 7pm, talks begin 7:30. All are welcome: £2 PAC members/ £3 Non Members

Monday, 26 September 2011


- Devon Pike Angler's Club Events for 2011/2012 -

With the pike season already underway, Devon PAC are kicking off their annual calender in style at their new home at Mill on the Exe. An exciting line up includes inspiring talks, friendly competitions and a wealth of exclusive prizes to whet the appetite of any predator angler.

Passionate writer and predator angler Dom Garnett opens with an engaging talk and some stunning photography. Among other subjects, he will be lifting the lid on recent predator fly fishing exploits in the build up to his debut book "Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish". Recently cited as "Britain's most promising angling writer" (Angling Times), this will be an evening not to miss.

The Fox backed specimen ace is back with another evening of impressive captures and useful advice on all things pike angling. This is your opportunity to pick the brains of the Drennan Cup winner, along with the chance to win exclusive tackle prizes on the night.


MEGA XMAS TACKLE SALE- Bring, buy and exchange tackle before the Christmas rush!

"LAIR OF THE WATER WOLF" -Following last years snowed off event, this is your chance to see the full version of BBC Filmmaker Dean Burman's brilliant underwater pike film.

DEVON BAITS CUP- The only pike match where every competitor receives a pack of FREE BAIT! Also some great prizes for the top 3 anglers.

ROLL YOUR OWN... Fly and lure making evening.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dont forget the convention

There's no better way to kick off your winter campaign than the Pike Anglers Club's convention.

That's the message from Britain's top predator club, as it gets set for this year's bash at Kettering on Saturday, October 1.

"It's going to be a great day out for pike anglers of all ages, with something for both seasoned hands and beginners," said organiser Colin Goodge.

"We've got some top speakers, all the latest kit and everything you need to get your winter off to a good start."

New attractions include a programme of free junior teach-ins the PAC hopes will inspire the pike anglers of the future.

Top names like Mick Brown, Julian Chidgey, Eric Edwards and Denis Moules will be showing the youngsters everything from how to tie a trace, to how to make their own lures.

There's plenty for the grown-ups too - including speakers Dave Horton, Micky Jones and Stephen Harper for starters, in the 500-seat theatre at Kettering Conference Centre.

There'll also be stalls with all the latest tackle - including for the first time a tank where you can check out the actions of the latest lures from Fox. Bargain hunters will be making a beeline for the secondhand tackle and lure stalls.

Mick Brown will also be launching his new book Mick Brown, Professional Pike Angler.

There's free admission for accompanied juniors - and a free "goody bag" of tackle essentials for those joining the club on the day, at the reduced price of £7.50.

Supporters Pikemaster and Pikepro will be donating a pair of forceps, float, lure trace, twin treble trace and other rig bits worth £20 for every junior who signs up on the day.

The Convention is being held at Kettering Conference Centre on Saturday, October 1.

Parking's free. Doors open 9am. Admission is £10 adult members, £15 non-members. For more information see the PAC website,/ or follow @pikelines on Twitter.

Monday, 12 September 2011

New Venue

Ok the new venue is confirmed as the mill on the exe in Exeter, who have very kindly let us have use of their downstairs room on the last tuesday of the month. This means that the first 2 meetings will be on October 25th and November 29th. We may have to have the December meeting slightly earlier to fit around the Christmas festivities but we will announce that nearer to the date.
We will be announcing more details of the first meeting shortly.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Quick Update

Hello everybody just a quick post to say we havent forgotten this page , the PAC or you. With the new predator season looming we are working to get everything in place. We are looking at a couple of venues in Exeter as the general consensus seemed to be that The Barge was too far out in the sticks and this was affecting attendance. We are also in the process of organising some fishing events and with this in mind we have secured a sponsor for a pike match (venue, dates, format etc to be decided) who has offered us some great prizes. So watch this space and hopefully we should have more news including the name of the new venue very shortly.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring forward!

For all those attending the lure fish-in on Sunday dont forget that the clocks go forward on Saturday Night! See you all there bright and early.

Thursday, 10 March 2011





Sunday 27th MARCH

Meet at Sampford Peverell car park 7:30am (8:00 start 14:00 finish)

Followed by a free buffet at the Barge Inn, Halberton, bring your second hand/unwanted tackle with you and either sell or swap it.

●Prize for best fish

●Only Lures permitted.

● Please bring scales and, if possible, a digital camera

NB: Entrants must have valid club permit (day tickets will be available on the day) and the usual PAC Pike Care guidelines apply.

(i.e.: you MUST have a large net & unhooking mat, tools etc)

Any other queries: 07804 240986

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

February meeting cancelled.

Dom and I are very sorry but due to circumstances outside our control the meeting in February has had to be cancelled. Plans are afoot to make the last meeting of the season in March a fish-in on the Grand Western Canal on a Sunday morning followed by a free buffet lunch at the Barge pub afterwards, any thoughts on this would be welcomed if only to get a rough idea of numbers.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Lure Anglers Society Fish-In

I know it is a little way off yet but I was speaking to Paul aka "Shrek" of the Lure Anglers Society today and he has organised the first South West regional fish-in that they have had for a few years.

Here is his post from the LAS forum
"We are having our first fish-in for a few years on Sunday 10th April.
Details are, meet at 7-00 am for 7-30 start at the Lime kilns car park on the Exeter canal. We will fish until 3-00pm
Beginners are welcome and day tickets will be available on the day at £5-00.
All are welcome, and remember the canal has produced Pike over 30lb at this time of year!
We are hoping to give tuition in Pike handling to anyone who would like it as well. "

Sat Nav co-ordinates for the car park are
Latitude 50°41'21.07"N
Longitude 3°29'33.75"W

It would be nice if any of us who are lure fishermen could go along and support this event, everybody is welcome and you do not have to be a member of the LAS or the PAC to attend, I will remind everybody again nearer to the date.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Jim Smith - Enigmatic Ba****d!

A big thank you to Jim for his talk on Zander fishing entitled "Enigmatic Bastards" I am sure we all learnt something about fishing for these elusive predators. I know it certainly made me wish we had some a little closer to us. Also thanks to Dickie for introducing to us the word and technique of "Zarbelling" fishing for both Zander and Barbel in the same swim. I am sure that after their weekend of fishing in the south-west they may begin to appreciate more the fact that they have the river Severn on their doorstep. Thanks again to both of them for an interesting night and also to everyone who attended.

Friday, 21 January 2011

One Week to go!

Just a reminder that the first meet of 2011 is next week Friday January 28th. Doors open at 7.30 with the talk to start at 8.00. Admission on the door PAC members £2.50 Non-members £3.00. We will of course be holding our usual raffle with some fantastic prizes. Please come along and support us, I am sure Jim will give us an interesting and entertaining evening.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Coming to visit us in January is Worcester Angler Mr Jim Smith, who will no doubt be regaling us with tales of predator angling on the mighty River Severn.
Jim Smith, is the current (unofficial) UK record holder for a
lure caught Zander. This 18lb 12oz River Seven fish was caught in February 2008. Jim will give a run down of the tactics, locations and characters that lead to the capture of this fish, and many other double figure Zs.
The meeting is on the 28th January and doors open at 7.30 with the talk to start at 8.00.