It is with great sadness that I inform you that Derek Smith, former PAAS Treasurer and Chairman lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of this morning.  Derek died peacefully with his family around him.  I am shocked and saddened by such sad news because Derek was one of the nice guys in Pike Angling and will be sadly missed.

The committee and members of PAAS would like to offer our sincere condolences to Derek's family and friends at this difficult time.

Steve Tapley


Scottish Government Consultation on Pike Conservation

Pike Angler Alliance for Scotland** IMPORTANT PLEASE READ **
The future of our sport relies upon the conservation of pike.
The SFCA have continued to engage with the Scottish Government, Marine Scotland and
other stakeholders resulting in the Scottish Government issuing a consultation
document regarding pike conservation.
Please visit the attached SFCA news bulletin, which has a link to the consultation
document and gives you the opportunity to have your say.


The Gathering 2018 A Big Success!

Many thanks to all who attended The Gathering on Saturday.  Without doubt it was a huge success with the overflowing table of raffle prizes, the excellent trade stalls, Dr Paul Garner's inspirational talk and to top it all off, a very large profit made on the day.  I hope everyone enjoyed their day as much as we did - a full report on the day's events will appear in the next issue of Esox Scotland.

AGM Mega Raffle Prize Alert #13

Well, the big day is almost upon us so this will be the last prize update.  We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and are in no doubt that there will be some very happy Pikers walking away with some great new stash from the raffle.

So, today we have a pair of Snowbee Polarised sunglasses and a set of wire cutters kindly donated by long term PAAS supporter and Rod Builder extraordinaire, Dave Lumb.


Next we have 3 cracking top water lures made by Boabs Watson.

Finally, we a number of items from another of our long term supporters, Angling Active, topped off by an excellent JRC rucksack.

The items listed here are not an exhaustive list as there will be some more items added to the prize fund on the day.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped us with prizes for this year's raffle, your support is greatly appreciated as always!

AGM Mega Raffle Prize Alert #12

Well, The Gathering is nearly upon us but the raffle prizes are still rolling in.  Today we have a mixture of free boat hire and some more lures to add to the pile.....

First up we have a boat for 2 donated by the guys at the Black Loch Fishery, Limerigg.

Next, we have a boat for 2 donated by Jimmy at Loch Fad Fisheries, Bute.

And finally, we have a boat for 2 donated by Loch Leven Fisheries.

As well as these great fishing opportunities, we also have a couple more lures namely a Glider donated by Peter Temple and a jointed subsurface Jack Crank donated by Mark Houghton - many thanks guys!









AGM Mega Raffle Prize Alert #11

Well, just days to go to The Gathering and still the raffle prizes keep rolling in........Today we have a varied selection of items that will suit all Pikers, regardless of their favoured method of catching ol' Esox. 

First up we have a great selection of terminal tackle for the bait anglers, part of the new range from Gadda Baits.  Titanium traces, up-traces, rig bits and forceps have been kindly donated by Gadda Baits who will be in attendance on the day with a Trade Stall - be sure to check that out!

Next up, we have something for the Pike Fly Fishermen - a selection of cracking Fulling Mill Pike Flies kindly donated by ace fly fisherman, Paul Clydesdale. 

We also have a selection of items kindly donated by Fox & Pike Pro/Baitbox representative, Craig Renwick.  Items include hats, lures, floats and Braid.

Finally for today's update, we have a pair of cracking Jerkbaits donated by DodoBaits Custom lures.

Many thanks to Gary, Paul, Craig & Dedesa for their kind donations.

Golden Ticket Event Draw Details

We will be holding our popular "Golden Ticket" draw on Saturday at The Gathering.  Traditionally, the winner of the Golden Ticket gets a free boat on the PAAS event of his or her choice but this year there is a twist - the winner will not only get the free boat for 2 but will also be the first boat out on the day, with a 5 minute head start on the rest of the anglers fishing.

So, an added incentive this year - tickets will be priced at £5 each and to ensure all members have the chance to take part in the draw, we will be pre-selling tickets via PayPal, for those who cannot attend on the day.  Please send to clearly referencing "Golden Ticket Draw," no later than midnight Friday 25th May.  Payment received after this cut off will not be considered for the draw.

AGM Mega Raffle Prize Alert #10

Today's prize update features a selection of Pike Fishing Books, featuring many of our sports best known participants.  After all, if you can't get out fishing then the next best thing is to read about it!

Many thanks to Gifts4Anglers for supplying these great titles and for their continued support of Esox Scotland magazine.

New Events Manager Announced

The Committee are pleased to welcome James Brady on-board as our new Events Coordinator.  James has hit the ground running and has finalised the Events Calendar for the remainder of the year - please keep an eye on the Events Section for more details.  James will also have some exciting news relating to future events to announce at Saturday's Gathering.

We wish James all the best in his new role!

AGM Mega Raffle Prize Alert #9

I am pleased to announce that we have received several more excellent prizes for The Gathering Mega Raffle, which takes place this Saturday 26th May at the Newhouse Hotel.  Today we are featuring something for the lure addicts:

First up we have a Trout Glider donated by Barry Robinson in a special "one off" pattern for PAAS.  Barry's lures need no introduction as they are very popular with our members (and Scottish Pike), which is no surprise as they really are works of art.

Next up we have 2 classic gliders donated by Carl from Loz Harrop Lures, an 8 inch Fudally's Reef Hawg in Flame Orange and a Riverrun Manta in Baitfish pattern.  Reef Hawg's and Manta's have accounted for stacks of Pike and are a must have for any serious lure anglers box.

Finally for today we have some Lures and Braid donated by The River Piker.  Wake Lures Hanko Gummi are BIG soft baits from Finland and are currently catching big pike all across Europe, while Nano-X line is an American made 4-strand braided fishing line.  Paul has kindly sent us a spool of 65lb breaking strain - perfect for most lure (or deadbait) scenarios.

Thanks once again to all for their very kind donations - remember, the only way to be in with a chance of winning any of our great prizes is by attending The Gathering this Saturday, where tickets will be on sale.