Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
With dozens of pike being caught on just one trace, I could see that even though this wire is ruddy expensive at £11 for 15ft; this was an incredible wire that was almost totally kink-resistant and would outlast any other wire available on the market today. Making up for it's initial cost with the number of pike that could be landed on just one trace. I was so impressed with the look and feel of the wire, that I bought a spool of it there and then f4from Andy and made up three 18" spinning traces to take to the International with me.
Throughout that long weekend at Bridgwater of the Thursday through to the Monday, I used just the one 30lb trace landing pike to 13lbs 07 which tail-walked and gyrated non-stop throughout the fight. A normal trace might have lasted me a couple of fish before I had to replace it, but not so with this wire. At the end of 4 days of fishing, the trace still looked and felt like new. Not a mark on it!
Now you all know that I really enjoy trace making, so I decided to splash out on a few spools of the stuff along with a quantity of quality fittings; and I have been busy building a quantity of 18" Spinning Traces in 20 & 30lb breaking strains with a choice of quality Coast-Lock swivels or Kwik Change Link swivel fittings. All traces come finished with a trace crimp sleeve fitted to the top swivel to give a professional finish. The wire is impossible to twist, so all traces are hand crimped using Mick Willis Professional Crimping Pliers (The best there are available at any price).
These traces will be available for purchase at the cost of £3.50 for one trace inclusive of packing and postage, or £10 for three. Absolutely every single penny of profit made from the sale of these traces will be donated to the BPS funds, to help us towards covering some of the costs of sending the team to Ireland next year.
This range of traces will be added to shortly with some superior quality Ball Bearing Swivel Coast-Lock 30lb traces, which will cost £4 for one trace, or £11 for three. I will also be making up a number of 14" 50lb traces with equally high-strength quality swivels and links for use with large lures or baits.
A range of 7-Strand economy traces are also now available, with a 20lb Duo-Lock clip trace retailing for £1.25 for one trace, or £5 for 5 (Both inclusive of postage). A 30lb Screw-Lock version costs £1.50 each or 4 for £5.
Traces that are available to purchase so far are:
20lb Wire - E.T. Coast-Lock Link / Titanium Wire.
20lb Wire - Fox Kwik Change Links / Titanium Wire.
30lb Wire - E.T. Coast-Lock Link / Titanium Wire.
30lb Wire - Fox Kwik Change Links / Titanium Wire.
20lb Wire - Duo-Lock Link / 7 Strand Wire.
30lb Wire - Screw-Lock Link / 7 Strand Wire.
As traces are sold, I will up-date my stocks of traces so that I can keep a steady supply of traces available for prompt postage.
If you are interested, then drop me an email at email@example.com with your requirements. Included in the picture are (Left) 20lb Single Strand Titanium Wire Trace with E.T Cross-Lock Link and (Right) 30lb Single Strand Titanium Wire Trace with Fox Kwik-Change Link.
Please make all cheques payable to either "M J Skipper" or "The British Pike Squad". and post your order directly to me at:
38 Appledore Close
Friday, 13 November 2009
It really is time that action is taken, with severe penalties being actioned to stop the rot before our wildlife is destroyed forever.
Here's a couple of pictures of what they found.....
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
I am still in the process of adding more photos to the site, and am looking for a few extra articles as well. So come on you budding authors and get typing.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
I doubt that there's many youngsters out there who can claim to have landed a double as their fist ever pike, but young George who is only 10 years old certainly managed that with this beauty.
George was fishing the King's Sedgemoor Drain with his dad on Sunday when we arrived to fish the International and hooked and landed the pike shortly after we started the match.
I was almost directly opposite him when I saw him strike and play the fish to the waiting landing net, and heard his whoops of joy when he saw just how big she was.
I have no doubt at all that young George is hooked on Pike now; and perhaps in a few years time might even be attending our Team Selection Final's.
Well done George, and here's to many more pike in the years to come.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
If you see me, then pop over for a chat.
Then just a few days later and we'll be meeting up for this years International at Bridgwater. A hectic few days of fun, alcohol and fabulous fishing. Gold for GB & Silver for the Irish?
Take care and have a great start to the traditional pike fishing season.
Monday, 14 September 2009
First few pics from the TSF last weekend. 'Golden Balls' of course!
Congratulations to all those who made the team to represent us against Ireland next year: Mark Lloyd(c) Wayne Gorringe, Adam Todd, Alan Hickson, Gary Edwards, Darren Knowles, Adam Holmes, Andy Waller, John Currie & our very special angler Louise Hunns.
Don't forget those that will be doing the business for us in a few weeks time at Bridgwater in this years International: Gary Edwards (c) Paul Higginson, Paul Danby, Colin Telfer, Stu Parker, Andy Waller, Mike Skipper, Adam Holmes, Alan Grant & Glenn Neave.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
But exemptions look set to be put in place to ensure pike anglers can continue using limited numbers below a certain size for bait.
Environment Agency officials will next week launch a major public consultation exercise over proposed byelaw changes.
Anglers and other interested parties have until September 14 to make their views known.
"Within the angling community there is a wide range of opinion about whether anglers should be allowed to take the coarse fish they catch," an EA source said.
"There has been mounting concern that coarse fish removal by rod and line is damaging stocks and fisheries.
"We know that some coarse fish are taken to eat and there is evidence that specimen fish are taken for illegal stocking in other waters."
While there have been calls for a ban on the use of coarse baits - frequently following allegations fish are being taken wholesale to supply the bait trade - the EA is on record stating it does not take the claims seriously.
A section of the report accompanying the consultation paper has this to say on the issue of using coarse fish for bait:
PAC president Tim Kelly said: "Everyone wants the problem of fish theft dealt with. On the face of it they're going about it in a reasonable way by acknowleging the ownership of fish stocks and making an obvious exemption for using fish for live and dead bait.
"Anglers fishing for pike and other predators have traditionally used small fish
for live or dead bait. It is a legitimate and effective method of fishing and
there is a strong argument that is should be allowed to continue. There is an
equally strong case that the number and size of fish taken for bait should be
limited so it does not damage fisheries. Note that we are not considering the
ethics of live-baiting in this consultation."
"I see it as an opportunity for us to go in there and state our case. It's also an opportunity to move forward and look at making certified fish available for use as bait, like triploid trout."
EA fisheries policy manager Adrian Taylor added: “We have some existing local byelaws that limit the removal of coarse fish, but these are inconsistent. We are proposing to introduce new byelaws that will apply across England and Wales to limit fish removal, protecting coarse fish and the fisheries they support.
"With a change to our byelaw-making powers expected in the autumn, we are consulting with the angling world now, so we can introduce the new measures as soon as possible in 2010.
“In developing our proposals, we need to balance the need to protect fish stocks with the rights of fisheries owners and managers to decide how their fisheries should be managed. In particular, we need to consider the differences between river and stillwater fisheries.
“We need the views of the angling community to help us strike the right balance.“
Click here to read the report on proposed byelaw changes. It includes a section you can print off and post to the EA.
From Monday, June 29, you will be able to take part in the consultation online. Click here for a link to the page where you can do that.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
"A up it makes me angry every time I come across this the mindless d--k head that did this
This pike had a stainless steel trace with 2 big trebles stuck down its neck. Attached to the trace was line of about 6lb breaking strain - this fish was doomed from the moment it picked Mr d--k-heads' bait up
This fish was somewhere in the region of 15lb, but may have been more". Cheers a very pissed off angler.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
The squads that will battle it out are: Great Britain: Gary Edwards (Captain) Paul Higginson, Paul Danby, Colin Telfer, Stu Parker, Andy Waller, Mike Skipper, Adam Holmes, Alan Grant & Glenn Neave.
Ireland: Thomas McCabe (Captain) Pat Cooper, Michael McKenna, Alan Heasley, Derek Mohan, Marty Cosworth, Godfrey Donoghue, Marty Lawlor, Sean Markey & John Woods.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
This years Team Selection Final will take place over the weekend of 5th & 6th of September on the Cambridgshire Fens; around our chosen base of Whittlesey near Peterbourough. After the well publicised problems of a few years back, the Fenland drains and rivers have come alive again with large shoals of prey fish and numbers of predators; and we are earnestly looking forward to the warmer and drier weather conditions September offers along with some excellent fishing..
I have included a list of Hotels & Guest Houses in Whittlesey with contact details for each, to allow you to make your own choice as regards to price and personal requirements.
Registration will be held in the car park of the Hero of Aliwal Hotel on the Saturday from where entry fees will be collected, weigh cards issued and scales checked for accuracy. Fishing is expected to commence by no later than
Entry for this years event is £40, inclusive of day tickets for both days, BPS administration fee and pools which will be paid out to the top 3 placed anglers for each day, with a cash prize for the captor of the largest pike overall, most pike overall, plus the smallest Pike overall. Please Note that ALL CHEQUES MUST be sent to our treasurers Stu and Louise, by the end of July. Entries received after this date, especially those who wish to pay on the day will be charged £45. So pay early to save yourself that extra Fiver!
As usual we shall be holding a raffle to help raise the funds required to run the BPS and in part financing some of the costs involved in getting the team over to
Please note that due to the nature of the fishing and distances to be covered combined with steep banks in places, that this match does not favour those with disabilities. You are still more than welcome to come along and compete at your own risk, but be aware of the problems to be faced. We look forward to seeing you there in September for a few beers in the hotel in the evening, some great banter and hopefully some superb fishing.
The Hero of Aliwal,
The Falcon Hotel,
The Bee Inn,
The Boat Inn,
Cobwebs Guest House, 21
Conifers Guest House, 44 High
Stuart Parker & Louise Hunns, Hon Treasurers, British Pike Squad, 81 Ladys Drove, Emneth, Wisbech, Cambridgsehire, PE14 8DF.
This magnificent fish fell to tandem mounted wobbled spratts fished slowly across a crystal clear river. James saw the fish follow his bait across the river before engulfing the bait.
15 arm aching minutes later this fish was the result.
James enjoyed his first ever national Team Selection Final last November narrowly missing out an an immediate place in this years British Squad to face the Irish ain October on British soil, however as reserve he will still have a large part to play for Great Britain.