Friday, 2 February 2018

The Outing - January 2018

Back down to earth with a bump would be a fair description of the Region's January outing. Seven members turned out on the day for, as it transpired, a thankfully modest journey to the chosen venue. Six of those members were grateful for that thankfully modest journey home as their drive was not buoyed by memories of fish caught.

The only fish caught, Chris Graham's 13lb-8oz pictured in the previous blog. As for the rest of us, well, a lot of staring at the water whilst sheltering from a very mean wind and for at least one of our number the opportunity to break out the camera gear.

Monday, 29 January 2018

New Year Ramblings - January 2018

So January came and went in a mishmash of weather fronts, both warm and cold, the odd named storm and in between the occasional day when it seemed just too nice to go fishing. I'm joking of course as well as being confused. Up here in the north we seemed to go from days of sub-zero temperatures and snow, when we struggled to find somewhere to fish which didn't have a lid on, to days of double figure temperatures when the sun shone and the rivers raged and throughout it all you often had to find something to hide behind to avoid being blown into whatever water was in front of you. Definitely not umbrella weather Chris, wouldn't you say?

Despite all this confusion some of the SENPAC lads were out and about and fish were being caught by most, with one or two special fish included. Top of the special fish list for the month has to be Dave Greally's spanker of 22lb-8oz which is now starring on You Tube (see previous blog) and on Dave's toilet wall I understand?

Not far behind in the size stakes and only a week later in the month and our other Dave, Gardner, got in on the act with a Yorkshire lump of 20lb-12 oz from a water that was in the process of trying to freeze.
As for the rest of us well most had to settle for quantity as opposed the obvious quality of the previous fish although Chris Graham set his bar slightly higher than most with a  nice brace of doubles in a week, both from the same venue but on two separate visits. Nice way to avoid blanks that.

First 12lb - 4oz and.......

........second 13lb - 8oz

So all in all not a bad month for the clubs members speaking of which we welcomed a new member to the Jolly Boys during the period, another Geordie piker (ex Lincolnshire, not that any of us will hold that against him) so a warm welcome to Rob Brewis.

All of a sudden we are into the last couple of months of the season and some favourite swims will be on the agenda in the hope of a special fish, January got us off to a good start in 2018, let's hope it continues!

Monday, 15 January 2018

"I've never got a camera when I need one!"

Even in todays mobile phone centric world, how many times have you said to yourself whilst out fishing, "I've never got a camera when I need one".

Well just occasionally, very occasionally, someone is to hand suitably equipped to capture one of those special piking moments that come along every now and again.

As Mike hinted in last month's blog, a new "best of the SENPAC season so far" fell to Dave Greally early in the new year. This is the story........................................................

Monday, 8 January 2018


                                      Dawn Breaks On A Highland Loch.

A reasonably quiet December for most of the members of SENPAC. The dreaded flu bug hit some of the lads and they decided to stay indoors instead of venturing out on to the bank. Others survived and reported catching some small Pike to double figures. Best fish of the Christmas period fell to Peter Armstrong with a 17lb Pike caught on a drain during the third Club Trip championship match of the season.

Peter And His Christmas Cracker.

So into 2018 we go and hopefully some bigger girls will come along in the next three months. As I update this blog It has just been reported that one of our members in the first few days of the new year has caught a Pike in excess of 20lbs.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


                                                It's A Waiting Game.

 A relatively quiet month for SENPAC but even though no big fish appeared the members have still been out catching fish. Paul Proctor and three other members visited a Cumbrian still water and at the end of the session all four returned home fishless. Paul was back a couple of days later and once again the Pike did not show up. Not one to give up easily Paul returned three days later with Bruce Turnbull and this time he got the result he was looking for. Two fish on the day the biggest weighing in at 12lbs.

                                             Result for Paul.

Dave Gardner got a late call up as one of the reserves on the Lake of Menteith PAC event. Dave was unable to track down any of the lakes big girls on the day but still managed to catch a few smaller ones.

                                Another One From Menteith For Dave.

Dave Greally and Bruce Turnbull have been making frequent trips down into Yorkshire fishing various waters. They have both been catching fish. Pictured below Dave with a 12lb river fish.

Chris Graham has been fishing over the pond. Not one of our local ponds though. He has just returned after a three week break in Texas catching Perch, Channel Catfish, and Drum fish.

We are into December now and looking to pull out a few Christmas crackers. We take this opportunity in wishing all our blog readers from around the world a very Merry Christmas and many tight lines for 2018.

Friday, 10 November 2017


                                                      A Piking Dawn.

The region got off to a good start in October with the appearance of two good doubles. One caught by Dave Greally whilst fishing a loch north of the border. The pike weighing in at 18lb 12ozs must have been hungry because the next day it succumbed to Dave's offering again.

                           Not Once But Twice. Dave And His 18lb 12oz.

One of the highlights of the SENPAC year is the annual Jolly Boys outing which  usually takes place at the start of the pike season. Over the years the lads on the trips have caught decent fish and this together with the Geordie banter and laughs along the way has made it a very successful event. This year's trip has just taken place and once again nobody had any complaints. Six intrepid Pikers set off for the four day trip and everybody caught pike. Over thirty fish were landed mostly up to the ten pound mark but Dave Greally and Dave Gardner caught fish weighing 11lb 2oz and 10lb 2oz. Paul Proctor landed three fish on the same piece of bait. Bruce Turnbull had a 9lb 2oz and unfortunately Steve Sandiford and Peter Armstrong blanked on the Sunday pike match. Best fish of the trip fell to Mike Bell during the club match with his only run of the day providing him with a 19lb 1oz fish.

                                                 One For Paul Proctor.

                                               Another One For Bruce.

                                      Steve Sandiford The Lure Specialist.

                                                       A Piking Sunset.

                    Only Run Of The Day But Well Worth It. Mike And
                    His 19lb 1oz Which Turned Out To Be The Biggest
                    Pike Caught On The SENPAC 2017 Jolly Boys Outing.

                                              The Perfect End To The Day.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


After a quiet September's fishing October has arrived  and another Piking season is underway. Dates and venues have been arranged for the region's club trips over the next six months with some of the old favourite venues being chosen along with a new one which we are all looking forward to trying out. Bruce Turnbull and Dave Greally made an early start on a Yorkshire river and caught a couple of nice fish.

                           Good start to the season for Bruce Turnbull.

Anyone viewing the SENPAC blog over the year will have seen some of the marvellous fish caught by member Steve Sandiford. Fabulous Barbel and who can forget that 183lb Ebro Cat. Well Steve will be fishing for Pike this season and I am sure in the months ahead his captures will appear on this blog, but just to show that he has other strings to his bow he tried a spot of Salmon fishing and yes he is not bad at that either.

                                       Steve with his 22lb Salmon.