Specimen ace joins forces with the PAC

Retford Specimen Ace, Nick Delcolle is better known for his carp fishing and travels Europe in search of giant mud-suckers.

As with most specimen anglers, he also targets other giant species such as cat fish and held the cat record at Cromwell for some time.

In the winter he turns his attention to pike and this year he’s joined the Pike Anglers Club (PAC) and accompanied me and some other local pikers in search of gravel pit predators.

Carp anglers actually make really good Pike anglers.

Importantly, they have a good understanding of the various rigs and have great respect for their fish, which is essential when handling Pike.

Nick’s had a great season and landed some really nice fish.

He’s pictured here, safely returning a beautifully marked gravel pit upper double.

You too can catch pike of this quality.

Don’t pack your carp rods away for the winter, join the PAC and enjoy catching these awesome predators www.pacgb.co.uk.


Sherwood Forest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood: 1st J Urruty, Alfreton Angling, peg 8, 31-2-0.

Waggler maggot proved the winning method for John, who accumulated a mixed bag of Skimmers and Ide, topped off with a bonus 4lb Carp

2nd G Turner, Mosborough Tackle, peg 21, 27-12-0; 3rd J Holmes, Woodhouse Angling, peg 16, 27-2-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale: 1st T French, Gateford Angling Centre, peg 27, 80-4-0.

Terry made the most of an end-peg draw, fishing legered pellet for 26 Carp to 8lb.

2nd A Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 39, 76-4-0; 3rd L Hassett, peg 32, 69-0-0.

Sun Open, Holmedale: 1st D Crewe, Subfish, peg 42, 72-12-0.

Danny fished small pellet feeder with corn for Carp to 7lb.

2nd L Hassett, peg 19, 64-15-0; 3rd N Shipman, Sherwood FF, peg 36, 61-1-0.

Hallcroft Fisheries: Mon Veterans, Bridge: 1st I Donaldson, peg 53, 41-7-0; 2nd T Picksley, peg 1, 22-6-0; 3rd N Wood, peg 14, 22-3-0.

Thu Veterans, Moat: 1st P Schoof, peg 58, 40-4-0; 2nd D Downes, peg 50, 24-8-0; 3rd M Edgecombe, peg 38, 22-6-0.

Sat Open, Moat: 1st A Oldham, Frenzee, peg 56, 39-15-0; 2nd G Gibson, Max Tackle, peg 18, 30-2-0; 3rd N Potter, Map Leegem, peg 6, 30-0-0.

Sun Teams of 4 Silverfish, Moat/Bridge: 1st P Bagshaw, peg B13, 36-8-0; 2nd L Sears, Daiwa/Marukyu, peg B10, 28-10-0; 3rd A Payling, Peg One Angling, M50, 20-2-0.

Lodge Farm: Tue Open, Signal: 1st C Crosby, peg 4, 40-9-0; 2nd S Foy, peg 2, 30-0-0; 3rd B Chatterton, peg 6, 25-15-0.

Wed Over 50s, Lily: 1st J Gunn, peg 68, 49-12-0; 2nd R Fern, peg 88, 18-7-0; 3rd J Booth, peg 94, 17-14-0.

Thu Open, Signal/Field: 1st D Oldham, peg F2, 48-5-0; 2nd C Crosby, peg S9, 44-13-0; 3rd S Robbins, peg S8, 35-3-0.

Sat Open, Signal: 1st G Brookes, peg 7, 41-3-0; 2nd R Dennis, peg 6, 29-5-0; 3rd G Turner, peg 5, 26-7-0.

Toft Newton: This week 97 rods caught 310 trout for a rod average of almost 3.2.

In addition, this week has seen some quality fish caught around the 5lb mark.

Will Robbins bagged-up during the Winter League Round, landing fish to 6lb.

The best method this last week has been to use either floating, midge tip or very slow intermediate lines teamed with a Blob on the point (sunburst the best colour) and Diawl Bachs on the droppers.

Some fish are rising at times so dries can be worth a shot in the right conditions.

For best results, cast to fish you see rising and keep mobile.

A good few Buzzers hatched throughout the week and one or two anglers fared well with various Black or Olive Buzzer patterns.

It’s worth fishing with a mixed nymph/lure, cast to take advantage of both presentations.

Club News

Worksop & District Angling Association: The delegates meeting will be held on 6th March at Manton Club, at 7.30pm.

Club Secretaries are also reminded that affiliation fees are now due.

If you have an angling story or a picture of you with an impressive catch, email me at alan@pikemaster.co.uk or call me on 07815 308463.

Tight lines!

Alan Dudhill