Sunday, 15 March 2009

Irish National Pike Final

Found this video clip on YouTube featuring film taken during the 2004 Irish National Pike Final. Some obvious faces on there. Well worth watching.


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Saturday, 14 March 2009

2009 Team Selection Final

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 8.15am where entry fees will be collected, weigh cards issued and scales checked for accuracy. Fishing is expected to commence by no later than 10.30am with the match finishing at 4..30pm at the very latest. Meet back at the hotel after the day's fishing where the results will be posted as quickly as possible.

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 Ireland, and so any assistance you can offer in the way of prizes will be gratefully received.

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, 75 Church Street, PE7 1DG. 01733 203736

The Falcon Hotel, 1 London Street, PE7 1BH. 01733 351001

The Bee Inn, 53-57 Church St, PE7 1DE. 01733 206975

The Boat Inn, 2 Ramsey Rd, PE7 1DR. 01733 202488

Cobwebs Guest House, 21 Delph, PE7 1QH. 01733 350960

Conifers Guest House, 44 High Causeway, PE7 1AN. 01733 203256

Whitmore House, 31 Whitmore St, PE7 1HE. 01733 203088

Stuart Parker & Louise Hunns, Hon Treasurers, British Pike Squad, 81 Ladys Drove, Emneth, Wisbech, Cambridgsehire, PE14 8DF.

James Gilchrist Nets a 31.02 Wye Giant

New BPS member James Gilchrist broke his previous personal best of 15 1/2 pounds in style the other week with a magnificent River Wye 31.02 giant.
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.