Monday, 10 October 2011

Great Britain win the 2011 International

Team GB regained the International Pike Challenge trophy in a thrilling display over the weekend against Ireland on the Fens around Peterborough.
A superior British squad amassed a total on Saturday of 63 pike for 150 lbs 11 ozs, against that of Ireland's 53 pike for 97 lbs 03 ozs. A lead of 53 lbs 08 ozs to take into Day 2.
Sunday saw a spirited fight back from the Irish which at one stage threatened to overhaul the impressive Day 1 lead. However, the British soon started to match the Irish and to maintain a catch rate.
At the end of the day, Great Britain had but for a few ounces matched the weight of the first day, whilst Ireland had managed 139 lbs 06 ozs. Team GB taking the honours again with a lead on the day of just over 9 lbs.
Overall the British had a two-day total of 300 lbs 13 ozs against that of Ireland's 238 lbs 09 ozs. A win for Great Britain by 62 lbs 04 ozs.
The Two teams were:
Great Britain: Jaub Potrykus (captain), Andrew Waller, Paul Danby, Mark Groom, Derek Lowe, Mark Lloyd, John Currie, Adam Holmes, Gary Edwards & Wayne Lees.
Ireland: Paul Dennis (captain), Jimmy Clarke, Eugene McCabe, Andrej Duran, Brendan Jarvis, Joe Coleman, Robbie McShane, Ibar Condron, Gary Quinn & Eddie McGurk.
Next year will see the 21st International meeting between the two nations held somewhere in Ireland.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Team Selection Final

Just a couple of weeks to go now, but still time to enter if you fancy a crack at representing Great Britain in Ireland next October. See the post below for details.

Monday, 8 August 2011

This years Team Selection Final will take place over the weekend of 10th/11th of September on the waters of the Lincolnshire Fens.

This is a completely new area for us, but one which we know holds a good head of prey fish and numbers of predators; and we are earnestly looking forward to some excellent fishing over the weekend. Our chosen base for the Selection Final will be the New England Hotel at Boston where we have negotiated a special price of £35 per person per night, based on two sharing. The hotel has a great reputation for the quality of its meals, so enjoy! If our chosen hotel is full, then there are a great many other hotels, guest houses, & B&B Houses within the area. A full list of these can be e-mailed to you.

Registration will be held in the car park of the Hotel on Saturday from 7.30am 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 admin 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, 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.

The Top 10 anglers selected from this 2-day event, will represent Great Britain against Ireland on Irish soil at the beginning of October 2012.

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. Whether this is your first time attending the Selection Final, or one of many, we look forward to seeing you there in September for a few beers in the hotel in the evening, some great banter and friendship – oh yes I almost forgot! - hopefully some superb fishing.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Incident in Ireland

A new angling group has started up in Ireland. Supposedly to fight angling issues in Ireland such as the immediate banning of all pike angling matches. This follows on from an horrific incident the other week where a pike had a huge lead bar stuffed into its gut. The pike was found dead the day after the club match, and there have been many calls for the person concerned to be named and shamed. See attached photo.
More info on the new group will follow in a separate post.