Decembers meeting will be on Tuesday 1st December at the Papermakers.
For your entertainment this month we have the pleasure to welcome Mike Green to the region.
Mike is a very successful angler, specialising in catching VERY big pike to over 40lb on the fly, and on lures.....I saw Mikes talk at the Cambridge region and can assure you this is one you do not want to miss....

Mike and a 30lb fly caught pike

As usual, we'll meet from 7 onwards for an 8.00pm ish start for Mikes' show.
Members £3.00/ Non Members £4.00 plus the usual buffet and raffle,
and we will have the Eddie Turner Specialist Pike tackle Stand in attendance as well

                 ***** We will also be announcing some fish-in news at this months meeting ******



A highly amusing and informative talk by Chris had the lads thoroughly entertained this month. Numbers were down on last month, but i think we'll have to go a long way to try and top that turn out!!..Thanks again Chris, top fella.



For our meeting this month we have another of the Dartford PAC "old guard" Chris Leibbrandt. Chris was the RO of the Dartford PAC region when I joined back in 1984, Chris was in the first 100 members of the PAC...since then he has gone on to be General Secretary of both the Pike Anglers Club and the Lure Anglers Society. His talk will take us from his early days in the Darenth valley to his fishing today, centered around the River Severn near his new home in Tewkesbury. Along the way Chris has been Marketing Director in charge of Product Development for some of the major tackle companies including Masterline and Ryobi, and will be explaining his involvement in the development of some of the items and lures that we take for granted as pikers today....all in all I think will be a very interesting talk and a bit of a blast from the past for some of the older region members
The meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd November at the Papermakers, with the usual buffet and raffle...7 oclock onwards with an 8pm start for the talk
Members £3.00 / Non members £4.00

Chris, the "Chris Yates" of the piking world


A record turnout for John Watson last month saw 65 eager pikers cram into the Papermakers to listen to John impart his wisdom of pike fishing old and new....
The lads were in a spending mood too, with John selling 25 copies of his new book, plus a couple of leatherbound editions. Bill and Colin also saw brisk trade at the Eddie Turner Specialist Pike tackle stand...a great night all round....the landlord was particually happy, he'd never seen so many people in his pub on a Tuesday night before....


October meeting : John "Watto" Watson

Octobers meeting will be on Tuesday 6th October
This month we will be graced by the presence of one of the icons of the pike fishing world, John "Watto" Watson. John has had a very successful and sometimes controversial career in pike angling, and is the author of what is considered one of the best books on Pike fishing ever written "A Pikers Progress".
We are privileged as this will be the first talk John has done for 17 years, and along with the release of his new book "A Pikers Progression" this is going to be an evening not to miss!!

John will have copies of his book for sale, and we will also have the Eddie Turner Specialist Pike tackle stand visiting us as well.

We will meet at the Papermakers as usual around 7ish for a social and John will get under way around 8pm with the buffet and raffle later on...

Members £3.00 / Non members £4.00


September meeting : Mark Salt

Thanks to Mark for a very interesting and informative talk this month. Mark is working very hard to highlight the plight of the European Eel, and i can recommend that other regions snap this speaker up soon.
More details of the N.A.C can be found on their website.



September meeting : Mark Salt : National Anguilla Club

September sees the first meeting proper of the forthcoming Winter Pike season, and this month we will be greeting Mark Salt from the National Anguilla Club. Mark will be imparting his knowledge on all aspects of this enigmatic fish, from its curious reproduction cycle to the hows and wherefores of angling for this amazing fish.

The meeting will be on Tuesday 1st September at the Papermakers arms as usual. We'll meet around 7ish and get the meeting underway around 8pm. There will also be the usual raffle and resplendant buffet

Members £3.00 / Non Members£4.00



The Winter Pike fishing season is nearly upon us, and we kick off our winter meetings with speakers in September through to April. Ive managed to procure the services of some very interesting and diverse speakers this winter, so there should be something to appease all tastes.

Tuesday 1st September : Mark Salt of the National Angulla Club. Mark will be imparting his knowledge of the enigma that is anguilla anguilla

Tuesday 6th October : John "Watto" Watson. One of the all time great pike anglers, and author of the iconic tome " A Pikers Progress"

Tuesday 3rd November : Chris Leibbrandt. Chris has held the highest office in the PAC and the LAS, was the original RO of the Old Dartford PAC region, and can only be described as the Chris Yates of the Piking World

Tuesday 1st December : Mike Green Mike is a highly successful fly angler, catching a large amount of big pike on the fly, the most recent being the amazing 40lb 8oz fish from Chew

Tuesday 5th January : TBC

Tuesday 2nd February : Eric Edwards : Eric is a very successful and innovative all round angler, and the captor of the biggest brace of pike ever taken by a UK angler

Tuesday 2nd March : Mark Phillips. Mark is an avid lure angler specializing in Zander and Pike

Tuesday 6th April : Dave Horton : Dave Horton.....need I say more!



Catfish Trip news

There are a few (3 I think) places left for the regions annual catting trip to the Ebro.....Mr Synnuck has just returned from an early season visit and graced the boat with this beastie from the dam area....156lb.


Catfish Cowboys Spanish Catfish Trip Pt 2

We have provisionally booked the Catfish trip to the Ebro, for the 2nd -5th of October this year (2009)
If you fancy a bit of moggy hauling, as experienced by the chaps last year, then bring a deposit of £100 along with your passport details to the April meeting.
Everyone on the mailing list will of recieved an e mail with greater detail about the trip, but if you need anymore info then just drop us an e-mail on pacregion19@aol.com.
Priority for places will go to last years attendees if the 10 places are over subscribed

You can check out the highlights of last years trip by clicking on " Catfish Trip" in the link list on the left hand coloumn of the blog

Last years biggest fish of 130lb, caught by John Sultana


March meeting : Colin Brett

March's meeting will be on Tuesday the 3rd March at the Papermakers as usual.
This month we have Cambridge angler Mr Colin "Father Jack" Brett, who will be enlightening us on Huge Grafham Zander and Canadian Sturgeon fishing

For those who don't know, Colin is the dashing bearded gentleman on the right

Meeting at 7 o/c onwards for a 8 o/c start, with buffet and raffle

We will also be having the welcome return of Eddie Turner's Specialist Pike tackle stand...so bring your cash and we'll see you there

Members £3.00 / Non members £4.00

John Milford

Thanks again to John for trekking all the way down from Derby in less than favourable weather conditions to entertain us. And thanks again for being on hand to photograph my pike in the snow the day after......cheers mate!


February meeting : John Milford

February's meeting sees the return of one of the founder members of the old Dartford PAC region to his old stomping ground, John " plugger o'toole" Milford with be presenting his " Personal perspective on lure fishing " on Tuesday 3rd Feb.

John is a past Chairman of the PAC and ex president of the Lure Anglers Society, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of lures old and new.
We will be meeting at the papermakers at 7pm onwards and John will start around 8 o'clock
Members £3.00 / Non Members £4.00 inc Buffet


January Meeting : Phil Cheriton and Mark Barnett

For the first meeting of the new year we will be welcoming back Phil Cheriton and Mark Barnett back to the region. The two local pikers will be presenting the second part of their talk about their Irish fishing adventures with "The Pikers" George Higgins and Roy Smythe. This talk is titled "The Winter Sessions"

Phils Irish Pug

The first part of the lads talk went down very well, and I'm sure this one will be as good, if not better...
The meeting is on Tuesday the 6th January at The Papermakers Arms, and we'll be meeting from 7pm onwards, with the talk starting at 8.00pm

Members £3.00 / Non members £4.00 inc buffet.