This year’s PAC Convention takes on an international flavour, with two of Europe’s top predator anglers joining a brace of British pikers on stage.

As well as the speakers you can browse all the latest tackle on the trade stands, pick up a bargain on the second hand-stalls, and catch up with old friends and new on what’s always an unmissable day out.

So why not kick start your winter campaign with a trip to Piking 2008, which is being staged on Saturday, September 27 at the National Agricultural Showground, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

PAC promotions manager Mike Kelly said: “We started planning this year’s convention almost straight away after Piking 2007, which was a record-breaking event for the club in more ways than one.

“We knew it was going to be hard to beat it, so this year we’ve gone for a varied line-up of speakers who share one thing in common – they’re all extremely successful pike anglers you’ll rarely get the chance to see.

“They all go about their fishing fish very differently, but one thing’s for sure – they’ll all knock you out with their talks and their catches.”

Michel Huigevoort will be travelling from Holland to share the Dutch style of fishing rivers.

He said: “I grew up close to the river Maas in the south of Holland. And after my very first pike the call of the river and the hunt for the biggest predator never went away.

“Apart from pike fishing I like fishing for zander as well. Challenging the biggest bodies of water is what I like most, both in Holland and abroad.”

PA Högberg, from Stockholm, will be outlining his approach to both the increasingly popular Baltic and other Scandinavian waters.

“My talk outline will be the Swedish pike of different types like lake pike, river pike, Baltic pike and sub-groups like stationary pike.

“I’ll be covering techniques to catch them. How to pick the right lure. Fishing technique with different types of baits. Rods and reels and how to chose the proper gear.”

Derek Macdonald may be one of the country’s best-known lure anglers but he rarely shares the secrets of his success.

“On my travels I have fished in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales even as far afield as Eastern Germany,” he said.

“After a long and winding road, I have managed to reach my Everest and fulfil my dream, catching a monstrous fish weighing over 40lbs.”

Graham Slater is another one of pike fishing’s quieter exponents, who has enjoyed some phenomenal catches.

“Thirty years of fishing waters in England, Ireland and Scotland have shaped both the way I think about my fishing and the way I go about it,” he said.

“My presentation will details some of my experiences and things I’ve learned from them, along with last season’s results and how I achieved my most successful season ever.”

Piking 2008 is being held on Saturday, September 27 at the National Agricultural Showground, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Tickets are £12 adult member on the door, £14 non-members, while up to two juniors (under-16) can accompany each paying adult for free. Parking is free, doors open 9am.

Advance tickets are £10 from Mike Kelly, 47 Yew Tree Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0BG. Please make cheques payable to PACGB and enclose an SAE.

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