Chairman of the club Joey Bonnie stuns club members with a magical and mystical Golden Pike.
The capture has cause quite a stir around the piking communities with many looking for an answer on where the fish was released… We can now confirm that the fish was caught and released on Lough Amadán. This certainly sets the tone for start of April 😉
On a recent fishing outing I got talking to an old farmer about the his tales of the legendary pike landed when he was just a boy. He laid claim to a record pike of 60lbs and about 6 foot in length being landed by a friend of his on meager tackle using very outdated techniques. It was easy for me to cast his story aside as an old mans exaggerations but what if he was telling the truth?
World record pike
Interested in the prospect of mega pike I took to google. The official world record is 55lb 1oz. caught in Germany in 1986 by angler Lothar Louis and was caught on a spoon no less.
There have been other mammoth pike reports larger than this but none have been properly ratified. In Germany many anglers would tell you the rightful world record is held by Arno Wilhelm. His pike measured 57″ and weighed 67 lbs. This magnificent pike was caught from an abandoned stone quarry in Germany in 1983. Sadly it wasn’t returned!
Italy has also proven to be a place for majestic pike. The Italian National record is just 1 oz short of a world record, coming in at 55lb’s. This fish, caught on Lake Maggiore in 2006 is truly a spectacular fish.
But what about Ireland?
Well the Irish record, pictured below, is held by Larry Kelly. His mammoth fish came from White lough in 2005 and tipped the scales at massive 42lb 12 oz.
But the tales of giant Irish pike does not rest here. In the early 70’s the records were reset as it was deemed the measurement process was not stringent enough. The old pike record stood since 1920 and listed a 53lb monster pike from lough Conn. Again the legends of great Irish pike do not end there! There are many stories of two great Irish pike to 90 & 92 lbs. These fish were reportedly captured in the late 1800’s on Lough Derg. Call me a pessimist but I can’t imagine there is much truth or accuracy to the accounts for the last two.
Maybe the old man told the truth, and seeing the fish above there is no real reason to totally doubt him either. For me the only real question is, are those big girls still out there?
The sad reality for me is the health of the river and lakes in Ireland have unquestionably diminished since the 1920’s. The shoals have become smaller, the salmon and sea trout runs more sparse and scarce, the availability and quality of food is just not what it used to be. I don’t think a 60lb fish can be sustained anymore, but who knows maybe the next cast will change my mind.
I would love to hear your accounts of big pike plus see the pics if you have any.
Dublin Pike Anglers next competition is changed to the 23rd of April, new members are still welcome as we have small number of places available. Get membership in early to save disappointment! New members fill in membership request form here.
Pike Talk Ireland are hosting a night of entertainment for Pike Angler’s on the 30th of March in the Springfield Hotel Leixlip. Eager to know what was in store, we got chatting with organizer John Rooney…
“We have secured the services of the legendary River Piker Nathan Edgell. This man’s in-depth knowledge of rivers is second to none. His river craft has seen him land over 100 twenty pound plus pike and numerous 30′ s. This is one night not to be missed.” Says John
Many of us in the piking world follow Nathan online and are quite struck by his huge success with a pike rod. We were eager to know what the night entailed and from what John promises, we shall not be disappointed!
“Nathan will cover all aspects of our sport. He will give insight to his own secret techniques and he will take time to engage with the crowd with a Q&A session. Doors open at 7pm rather than 7.30 as originally advertised. This is due to high interest in event.”
Admission is set at 10 euro. Not only will we be exposed to great insight of a proper piking expert but a free prize draw will then take place for all who attend on the night.
We are certainly going and we look forward to seeing you all on the night too.
Dublin Pike Anglers next competition is scheduled for the 16th of April, new members are still welcome as we have small number of places available. Get membership in early to save disappointment! New members fill in membership request form here.
Today saw the first competition of the Dublin Pike Anglers 2017 season. With water levels fluctuating over the last two weeks it was decided to risk a favored river venue which normally produces the goods at this time of year.
Overall the day was a good as to be expected. The remnants of the floods were still in the fields, the rain was consistently spitting and the wind was blowing hard from the west. A few of the regular lads were M.I.A but a few welcome new faces bolstered the numbers to 14.
It was certainly a day for the wobbling angler as most of the “dead-baiters” had very few fish between them. In total we had 71 fish to the bank with the usual reports of multiple dropped fish.
The fish were not all too big, the largest of the day fell to angler Anthony McCreery with a 10lb 7oz fish caught on a wobbled smelt. There were numerous fish in the 5-6lb bracket and reports that the fish were hard fighting.
The top 3 positions at the end of the day were as follows:
1stDave Murphy with 18 fish and a total bag weight of 48lb 8oz
2ndJoey Bonnie with 16 fish and a total bag weight of 40lb 10oz
3rdAnthony McCreery with 6 fish and a total bag weight of 24lb 11oz
It was a hardy day but all agreed the fishing was aptly good considering the condition of the river.
Our next competition is scheduled for the 16th of April, new members are still welcome as we have small number of places available. Get membership in early to save disappointment! New members fill in membership request form here.
Two interesting articles this week brought a couple of questions up for me as a pike angler. The first article was an Irish Angling Update on the Camlin and District Anglers, Ray Gill Memorial Competition last Sunday at Lanesborough.
The following are the results:
1st. Brendan Griffith and Liam Sweeney 3 fish to 202 cm
2nd. Rafal Plec and Igor Klosowski 3 fish to 200 cm
3rd. Padraig and Ciara Corcoran 3 fish to 196.5 cm
4th Jason and Aaron Carr 3 fish to 189 cm
It begged the question… Whats more important, weight or length?
For me I’ve had rugby ball pike (stumpy and fat), and also lanky pike (skinny and long). I’ve seen 4lb fish that are like eels and 10lb fish that are like fat carp.
I can see the merit in weighing fish but I can also see the huge benefit to the welfare of the fish by only taking a simple measurement. My only experience is with weighing the fish and I couldn’t imagine abandoning this mentality for a new length orientated approach. What are your thoughts on it? Do you care more about one measurement over another? let us know below.
What to do if she pushing the record!
The second article was one from the Brecon & Radnor Express (Not my usual Sunday read). It told of a 13 year old lad fishing the River Wye with his father and landing what he described as a large pregnant pike.
The current record on the Wye is 37lb and has stood for 110years. Unbeknownst to the young angler and his dad they never weighed the fish and quickly returned her to the water.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, this is what you need to do!
To make a long story short, you need to have 3 things; An independent witness, clear photography, and a weight measurement using only a certified scales.
So for all you big girl hunters looking to break some records. You need to get a good scales and you must have it certified.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLUB AND PERSONAL SCALES MUST BE CERTIFIED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY. WEIGHING SCALES MUST BE COVERED BY A CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING. THEY CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN RETROSPECT, I.E. AFTER THE FISH HAS BEEN WEIGHED.
On behalf of the Management Committee of Dublin Pike Anglers it is my privilege to announce the incoming Dublin Pike Anglers committee team for 2017.
2016 was a successful year for Dublin Pike Anglers and it was unreservedly due to the dedicated work of the out-going committee. On behalf of all the club we want to thank those involved for their hard work in 2016. We also, in the same breath, ask them for their continued support for the new team for 2017.
2017 is a year the Dublin Pike Anglers plan to expand on the access to the club. The club plans to re-introduce the junior anglers section of the club and we are also aiming to increase the threshold for adult membership numbers too. We are also investing in our online presence with updated website and social media pages. Not only will our online presence allow us to connect with our members it will also serve as a platform to speak to general pike anglers as a whole.
Anyone who wishes to have their news or events featured on the website please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Pike Anglers Committee 2017
After a successful AGM and a fair, unbiased vote we offer our warmest congratulations to the new committee team for 2017
Chairperson of the club- Joey Bonnie
Secretary of the club- Anthony McCreery
Treasurer of the club- Frank Roache
Competitions Officer of the club- Steven Farrelly
Our first competition of the year is scheduled for next Sunday 19th March. There is still opportunity to join the club and we extend a welcome for the first leg to all interested anglers. For info on joining the club and to come along for the first leg please see our membership section.
After the AGM a few of the lads hit a popular canal stretch near Mullingar. The day proved very difficult for fishing. The canal seemed surprising very low, the sun was shining bright and the fish seemed scarce. With a few small bags of coarse fish caught it was new member Philip Kavanagh, a.k.a Lil Phil Phil, who stood out with a few pike. He had 5 in total and one stand out fish of 11lb 14oz, although she looked way bigger!
Other Pike reports
The pike definately seem to be coming out of spawn, as reported by club member Ste Farrelly. Ste was out with his friend Sean Gaskin at a favoured river venue. The day was very productive with 5 double figure fish and a few smaller jacks landed. Two stand out fish on the day were the 17lb 14oz for Sean and the 14lb 10oz fish for Ste, caught in succession (pictured below).
Let us know how you got on and be featured in our pike reports. Email your snaps and brief story to email@example.com. To become a member of the club see our membership section for details.
At the AGM we took the opportunity to congratulate our Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Winners and present them with their medals and trophies.
The lads that took the top spots were under constant pressure from the rest of the club but ultimately their hard work and persistence saw them take the top honors for our 2016 Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League.
Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Results:
League Winner- Joey Bonnie; points 126pts with bag weight of 103lb 8oz
2nd Position- Fintan Guihen; points 100pts with bag weight of 65lb 2oz
3rd Position- Paddy Burke; points 89pts with bag weight of 44lb 5oz
Heaviest Fish Winner went to Stephen Farrelly with a 17lb10oz fish.
2nd Heaviest Fish went to Joey Bonnie with a 12lb13oz fish.
3rd Heaviest Fish went to Dave Murphy with a 11lb08oz fish.
A special thanks goes to the businesses that supported the prizes
The 2016/17 National IFPAC Pike Championships Final is due to take place on the 22nd of April in Roscommon for those who qualified.
However, if like some of us who haven’t qualified, the 2017 dates have been announced. Please note that you must be a member of an affiliated club to fish the qualifiers. As Dublin pike anglers is an affiliated club once you are a member you a cleared to enter these competitions. For info on joining please see membership section of the website.
IFPAC Pike Championships Round 1
May 7 Go Hire 2017/18 National IFPAC Pike Championships. 1st Qualifier. Lake Venue, check in at Pikers Lodge Lough Gowna from 9-30 fishing 11-4
June 11 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 2nd Qualifier. River Venue, check in at Round Tower, Clones from 9-30 fishing 11-4
July 2 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships.3rd Qualifier, River Venue, check in at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe from 9-30 fishing 11-4
Aug 13 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 4th Qualifier. Lake Venue, check in at the Breffni Arms in Arva from 9-30 fishing 11-4
Sept 3 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 5th Qualifier. River Venue at Athlone, check in from 9-30 fishing 11-4
Oct 1 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships.6th Qualifier. River Venue, check in at Oasis Bar, Legan from 9-30 fishing 11-4
Nov 5 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 7th Qualifier. Lake Venue, Check in at Ballinamore from 9-30 fishing 11-4
Dec 3 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 8th Qualifier. River Venue, Check in at the Anglers Rest, Ballyconnell from 9-30 fishing 11-4
For further dates of interest like the Dublin Pike Anglers competition dates. see our calendar for more details.
Dublin Pike Anglers are to hold their AGM of 2017 on the 12th March at 9am in the applegreen Enfield M4 WESTBOUND.
The AGM will be followed by a nice relaxing coarse fishing day on a nice local canal stretch. This will be a good opportunity for new members to join and meet the lads. Bring a friend along there is no obligation to join the club on this day so there is nothing to lose, all welcome.
I’d imagine some of the lads will do a spot of pike fishing on the day so if coarse fishing is not to your interest don’t let it put you off.