Record Breaking Pike


Wait… Weight or Length? What if its a record?

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.

Record 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!

For those that don’t know, there is an Irish Specimen Fish Committee  which have a unique set of rules on record recording.

These rules can be accessed here.

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.

Tight Lines.


Dublin Pike Anglers Committee

Dublin Pike Anglers Committee

Dublin Pike Anglers Committee Named

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

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. 

Weekend Fishing Pike Reports

pike reports

Coarse Day Social

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!

pike reports

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).

pike reports



Let us know how you got on and be featured in our pike reports. Email your snaps and brief story to To become a member of the club  see our membership section for details.

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League

Medal Presentation

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:

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League

League Winner- Joey Bonnie; points 126pts with bag weight of 103lb 8oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League 2nd

2nd Position- Fintan Guihen; points 100pts with bag weight of 65lb 2oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League 3rd

3rd Position- Paddy Burke; points 89pts with bag weight of 44lb 5oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Heaviest Fish

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.

Thank You!

A special thanks goes to the businesses that supported the prizes

Mick in Viking Tackle in Bray

Eddie in Mikes Bikes in Dun Laoghaire

Ste in Baumann’s of Stillorgan


IFPAC Qualifiers

IFPAC Pike Qualifiers

Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships

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

Round 2

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

Round 3

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

Round 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

Round 5

Sept 3 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 5th Qualifier. River Venue at Athlone, check in from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 6

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

Round 7

Nov 5 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 7th Qualifier. Lake Venue, Check in at Ballinamore from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 8

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.

AGM & Coarse Fishing Social Day

Dublin Pike Anglers AGM coarse fishing

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.

Check  in with our event on facebook.


For those who can’t make the AGM but are still interested in joining the club please fill in a membership request form here.

Our first competition of the year is on the 19th of March. Hope to see you all there with some new faces too.

Tight lines

Hello From The Dublin Pike Anglers!

Dublin Pike Anglers lake

Dublin Pike Anglers are delighted to announce the launch of their website. The website is still in it infancy but will soon develop into a treasure chest for pike fishing.

The website is set to include up to date info on the club, results as they happen, stories, tips and tricks and much more.

If you would like to include any of your own pike related news please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to share with our audience. Send your news to

Have a look around, bookmark the site and check back regularly for updates.

Tight Lines!

Note* Our first competition of 2017 is scheduled for March 19th. If you would like to join us contact us on Facebook or email us at