The Pike Anglers’ Club of Great Britain

Barrie Rickards

Formed in 1977, our Mission Statement reads: ‘The Pike Anglers’ Club of Great Britain will work to establish an environment in which pike are valued; both as a sporting fish and necessary part of the management and ecology of freshwaters’.

During the PAC’s long and proud history, the Club has fought and won many battles to protect both pike and the sporting rights of pike anglers. Fishery owners and managers, including trout waters, now appreciate pike as an important resource – due in no small part to PAC’s efforts. PAC continues to pro-actively and reactively address potential and actual problems affecting pike and pike anglers. PAC is the largest single-species group in the UK and the only organisation dedicated to pike throughout the UK.

Membership

Membership is open to all, from the complete beginner to record-breaking expert; all are equally welcome. Indeed, newcomers to pike fishing are urged to join, to learn from experienced pike anglers – especially regarding safe unhooking and handling.

The PAC is sub-divided into Regional Associations (RA), each run by a Regional Organiser (RO) – you’ll find one covering your area. ROs organise monthly meetings throughout the winter, often involving presentations from well-known pike anglers, tackle raffles and prizes. Bankside teach-ins and social fish-ins are often provided.

PAC offers various membership benefits, including discounts – such as 15% off members’ annual subscriptions to Pike & Predator magazine – and publishes a quality, seventy-six page quarterly magazine, Pikelines – packed with news, views, reviews, articles and regional reports. August 2012 saw the launch of this new website concurrently with our online magazine, PikeOnLines – available to mobiles and tablets, and a PAC ‘App’ is on the way! Members can interact and network online via the popular members’ forum, various Facebook pages and Twitter.

Convention Coaching Team & Juniors

PAC holds an annual Convention – featuring the very best in tackle stands, speakers, and providing an important opportunity for members from all over the UK to get together.

PAC also runs special events involving privileged access for members to top venues – including the Lake of Menteith, Boddington, Tring and Wilstone reservoirs, and, when it re-opens to piking in 2014, the legendary Llandegfedd.

PAC is not an elite specimen group but an open club uniting pike anglers of all levels of experience, throughout the UK.

The Future

Pike Handling Demo

PAC is managed by a committee of volunteers which changes every three years, thus infusing the Club with new ideas and fresh energy. The current committee, PAC’s 12th, appropriately took over on 12 May 2012.

12PAC’s vision is to build upon the Club’s achievements, moving forward PAC’s media presence and – importantly – working in partnership with key stakeholders, including the Canal & Rivers Trust and Angling Trust, to address such issues as fish theft, predation, and – of course – pike conservation. Early evidence of the benefit of such a professional approach are evident in the new national pike conservation policy drafted by PAC and currently being ratified by various crucial partners, and the ‘Best Practice Safety Guidelines for Freshwater Boat Anglers’ produced with the Angling Trust and Lure Anglers’ Society. Members in Norfolk are heavily engaged with partnership working with the Environment Agency and Broads Authority, and from Scotland to Fenland PAC members are at the forefront of crucial initiatives.

The future is challenging and exciting – there’s never been a better time to be a member!