Thames Gateway Inaugural Meeting

Last night saw 31 determined pikers battle the gridlocked traffic of the Dartford area, to hear Bill Palmer recount his life in piking, and kickstart the Thames Gateway region into life.
Greetings to old faces and new were exchanged, beer was quaffed, sandwiches were scoffed, and the assembled throng gathered to listen to Bill regale us with tales of many huge pike, and one very huge pike in particular, which impressed the hell out of everyone present, and may even have scared one or two!!

John Synnuck does his best Brian Blessed impression while addressing the members

Bill and the assembled throng

The evenings procedeings were rounded off with a Q&A session with Bill and the drawing of the raffle.

The raffle prizes were kindly donated by

Mark of MK II Angling http://www.mark2angling.co.uk

Gary of The Tackle Box http://www.tacklebox.co.uk

Thanks again lads

John and I would like to thank everyone who turned up for making the whole evening a lot less of a stress-fest than we thought it would be because of the traffic chaos.

I'd like to start a members gallery section on this blog, so if any members have catch photos they would like me to publish, send them with a few details (obviously not where you caught it!!!) to the regions e-mail address which is


Next Months meeting is on Tuesday the 6th March, and our guest speaker will be


Mark is the PAC secretary as well as a Fenland guide and Zander-phile