John Roberts "JR" Memorial Trophy




John "JR" Roberts 1940-2018


After the sad passing of our former president, former RO and continued supporter of Region 30/60 Canterbury and Thanet it was decided that a memorial trophy would be a fitting tribute to our fellow member and friend.

Our RO Nick Prior set off on a mission to secure a venue and a trophy that we could honour him with, not just this year but in perpetuity. The following is a write up of the days events. Its been a while since I put pen to paper or finger to keyboard so please ignore my rustiness.

JR was a hero to some and a mentor to many. A man with a funny story about everything. The PAC president from 91 to 94, tackle innovator, angler and conservationist. He deserves to be remembered.

The first Job Nick had was to secure a venue. Step forward Ken Crow long time friend and travelling companion of JR and owner of the Company running Bough Beech fishing. Ken was only too happy to indulge the PAC Region and went firm on a date of 16th March 2019. It was fitting that we had the fish in there as many will remember that is where the PAC's first unhooking video was made starring John Roberts and John Synuk. If ever two "stars" who had faces for radio  (Johns words not mine)
Nick sorted a Trophy Salver and medals from our funds and all were informed that the clubhouse would serve a full english breakfast and a 4pm meal for all those taking part. When 30/60 go on tour we are treated like kings and our thanks to Ken and his staff for all that they did. Here ends my contractual obligations with regards the report  and now onto my summary of the day. (Eds Note: Oh dear)

The Day

Canterbury Thanet Region 30/60

I was sent a text the day before from Andy Larkins with two small red dots on a map of Bough Beech. This was, according to him the going hot spot and the place to be which he has surmised using his vast knowledge of water craft and years of experience. I just threw a dart at a map and came up with a different area but who was I to argue. Now Andy and I have not fished together for a few years. I was sick and tired of getting rained on, nearly drowning, falling over, nearly arrested for poaching and being followed by the cloud of doom that seemed to accompany us on every trip we ever made so needed a break from him to be honest. But surely this would be different, Ken assured us that he had booked the day later than normal so we would be able to enjoy the fine weather that was sure to be in abundance. When we got there it was howling down with winds gusting in excess of 50mph, Its not Kens fault, this is what happens when I fish with Jonah the Larkins Boi. Anyways we had his ace in the hole "Pike Hotspot" to look forward too so all was not lost.

We entered the clubhouse to find that we had been well looked after with a full english breakfast. This was shaping up to be a great day, weather aside. 




We made a decision that we would fish from the bank due to the high winds and general narly conditions. This would restrict us somewhat owing to our numbers but what did I care Andy and I had already banked on binning the boat and going with his gut. And this is where it all went wrong. Tom Lane our newest member had never fished a Ressie before and was a bit sketchy on bait fishing. He was however a lure nut and has done quite well for himself. He didn't really know anyone and his mentor/ally Richard Gibson was sadly absent having travelled to Thailand to A) fish and B) search for info for same sex marriages. But not to worry we would look after the young un.  Enter the Head Bailiff for Bough Beech from Stage left. " Hello Tom your're on the boat with me I got a bait rod or two and a lifejacket and you have your lure rod so we are good to go."......What in the blue hell?  Our newest member has hit the ground running with his bandit ways. It took most of us at least a season to stroke pull. Money has changed hands here or the Gibson fella has gone straight to level Dark Side with his mentoring. I despair. But hey never mind I still got Andy "Mr Reliable" Larkins and his hotspot aye. 

Jeanie JR's wife and his son Scott had made the journey up from Birchington to attend as well which was a very nice gesture. Jeanie was going to spend the day with Ken and his wife while Scott as an honorary member of 30/60 was going to spend the day in a bout with Andy Brown. That was two boats going out with the rest of us playing safe and being girly on the bank. Now for the boat safety brigade I would add that had conditions been unsafe they would not have gone out. They are both very experienced boat anglers and are aware of their limitations. Having seen conditions on the lee side of the wind where the boats are kept many of us would have had no problem going out in a boat either. 

In Pete's Bay was myself Andy Mick and Pete. Along the Grassy Bank was Neil, Ben, Malcolm, Harry, and Nick. The boats consisted of Andy Brown and Scott with Andy the bailiff his son and Tom. Catch returns were very very poor. John Roberts the conservationist would have been pleased that his Region looked after the pike by not catching them I think. The angler in him would have poked us all with a sharp stick. Petes Bay, or No Pike Bay as its now known. Had 8 rods in it with a boat moving across beyond our rods and onto the far overhanging margin with not a single pike showing for anyone. Highlights of the day consisted of me casting and my weak link parting ways and my nice soft roach flying off the hooks in the opposite direction. Oh how Andy laughed. The wind caught hs cast and it was amusing to watch him bring everything back including the line and bait from his other rod in one big snarly mess. Oh how I laughed. Andy's hotspot didn't produce, we both cocked something up, we both got wet, we both slipped barrowing our gear, we both got blown over, we both blanked. The M2 was shut I had a 37 mile diversion on the way home. Yep I like fishing with Jonah and the cloud of doom.

So Tom Lane won it. This year we decided to combine our Region fish in with the JR Memorial Trophy as last years was cancelled due to his passing out of respect. Tom won both the trophies and a big well done to him. He enjoyed the day and added another string to his fishing arsenal. Scott came second and won a silver medal with Andy Brown coming third and the Bronze medal. Results couldn't have been better. Our newest member starting his pike journey, JR's son Scott and his very good friend Andy Brown all winning something. He would have liked and seen the significance of that I think.

Jeanie handed out the prizes and it was great to see her there.



Tom Lane Winner John Roberts Memorial Trophy
Presented by Jeanie Roberts



Scott Roberts 2nd Placed
Presented with a medal from his Mum Jeanie


Andy Brown 3rd placed
Presented by Jeanie

And that folks was that. Regardless of the lack of pike it was all about the day and remembering a friend. I don't think I am speaking out of turn when I say that I think the venue will become a permanent fixture in our calendar. The event most certainly will. 

Once again thanks to Nick for organising it, Ken for allowing it and for his hospitality, and last but not least all the members that attended not just this but all our region meetings. Stars one and all

PAC CONVENTION 2018




The Full List of Hotels.....


Premier Inn,
Rothwell Road,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN16 8FX
0871 527 8564

Holiday Inn Express,
Rockingham Road,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN14 1QF
01536 210 210

Naseby Hotel,
Sheep Street,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN16 0AN
01536 734736

Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel,
Rockingham Road,
Corby,
Northants,
NN17 1AE
01536 401348

Holiday Inn Corby Kettering A43,
Geddington Road,
Corby,
Northants,
NN18 8ET
01536 4101020


New Meeting Location!




The King Ethelbert Inn
Reculver Lane
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 6SU

tel. 01227 374368



Meetings held at the above location on the 2nd Monday of the month 8pm Oct-Apr unless otherwise stated on the diary list


PAC Convention 2016

2016 CONV POSTER


On Saturday 17th September 2016, the Pike Anglers’ Club will be making a welcome return to the Kettering Convention Centre for our annual convention. This venue is familiar to members as it has hosted three previous conventions and proved ideal for the purpose, being popular with all who attend, both members and traders.



The address is Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northants, NN15 6PB. The site is just off junction 8 of the A14, which is not far from the junction with the M1 & M6. For directions and travel options, please visit: www.ketteringconference.co.uk/location.php or to find out more about the venue, please visit: www.ketteringconference.co.uk


This year sees three fantastic Guest Speakers lined up for you, with a real depth of talks to provide for everyone’s tastes  and styles of pike fishing.                                                                                                              
 
Dominic Garnett is based in the South West and has a different take on pike fishing to most, and is an excellent writer; his talk takes its title from his recent book ‘Crooked Lines on Pike’


Rob Christen is from the edge of the Fens, and is amongst the most successful of modern pikers. Rob will be telling the audience about his Fenland Fifteen.

Finally Steve Hincks talk is entitled ‘My Fishing Life So Far’. Steve hails from the North West, and has an amazing record with big pike from big waters, so this one will also be another treat!

Also in the Conference Hall will be the club’s annual awards and in between the speakers, you will have plenty of time to browse the trade hall and chat with a who’s who of British piking: including Neville Fickling, Dave Lumb, Stephen Harper, Dave Mutton plus many others who are always ever-present at the PAC convention.

You will be able to renew your PAC membership by visiting to Brian and Paul and the memberships desk, while Mark & Gary will be manning the PAC products stand where you can pick up top-quality PAC branded merchandise.

As usual, the second-hand stall will be worth a look in the hope of a real bargain, and the youngsters will be well catered for with junior coaching available.

This year, the committee are asking members to make their own hotel arrangements, as in previous years block-booking has caused problems. The committee and traders will be staying in the Premier Inn on Rothwell road, which has been the scene of several entertaining nights and fragile mornings. Book early to avoid disappointment.

The Full List of Hotels is:



Premier Inn,
Rothwell Road,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN16 8FX
0871 527 8564


Holiday Inn Express,
Rockingham Road,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN14 1QF
01536 210 210


Naseby Hotel,
Sheep Street,
Kettering,
Northants,
NN16 0AN
01536 734736


Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel,
Rockingham Road,
Corby,
Northants,
NN17 1AE
01536 401348


Holiday Inn Corby Kettering A43,
Geddington Road,
Corby,
Northants,
NN18 8ET
01536 4101020

UPDATES

Updates to the diary have been made. A busy last few months for us to see us to the end of the traditional Pike season and which has  also seen the re emergence of Thames Gateway Region which Malcolm Styles has offered to run as RO. We wish them the best of luck and success. Well done Malc. We will be doubling up on one or two of the speakers and can see that happening a fair bit to save on costs in the future. Any relevant info will be posted here.