Who are we?
Founded in October 1983, the Walton on Thames Region of the PAC meets most months of the year at the Bagster House CIU Club in Walton Lane, Shepperton, Middlesex. We are part of the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain which was set up to promote the conservation and development of pike fisheries and the highest standards of the sport of pike angling, and to promote public awareness of these standards and the need for conservation throughout Great Britain.
Our Region is made up of a wide range of individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and of varying piking skills. We are a very friendly bunch and we do our best to make new members feel at home.
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month except for May, June, July and August and the meetings start at 8-00pm. Whenever possible we arrange guest speakers and other activities. Over the years we had piking trips to all parts of the country, from the West Country to various Scottish Lochs as well as to more local waters.
Annual membership of the PAC currently costs £23.50, in addition to this we charge a Regional membership of £5.00 and there is a charge of £3.00 levied at the meetings to cover room hire and general expenses. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings but we do expect regular visitors to join both the PAC and the Region.
The region is run by a committee. Dave Fish and Paul Smith are our Regional Organisers and they produce our monthly newsletter, Pike Zone.
A history of Region 15
Walton on Thames PAC Region 15 has been running since October 1983. Malcolm Green formed the Region at the start of the winter pike season of that year, although Malcolm had been a member of the PAC for some years prior to this. In the beginning, the Region consisted of just five friends, all avid pike anglers, who would meet once a month in a local pub and talk about piking. At this time the group met in the bar of the Old House at Home pub, Hersham.
As the meetings became better attended a new venue with a separate room was found at The Cannon, Molesey. This was the start of proper monthly meetings. For personal reasons Malcolm was unable to devote as much time as he would like to the Region, in fact he stopped fishing altogether.
I then became RO. Meetings continued at The Cannon until 1989. On average about 25 members now attended the meetings. We had various guest speakers and slide shows, we arranged trips to different venues and we started to publish "DropBack", our Regional magazine.
We had various venue changes over the years, and in 2015 we moved to our current 'home' The Bell in Shepperton.
The region has always been fairly active, with a hard core of about 20 members, and we always seem to gain a few and lose a few others each year.
Dave, Paul and the committee will guide the region onwards, and hope you enjoy the entertainment and fishing opportunities to come. The region has always been fairly active, with a hard core of about 20 members, and we always seem to gain a few and lose a few others each year. Dave and the committee will guide the region onwards, and hope you enjoy the entertainment and fishing opportunities to come.
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