The Royal Military Canal is a twenty-seven mile long pike swim - or rather it has pike swim potential along its' entire length. This morning Benno and I were on the bank by 07.00 hrs - it was the coldest dawn of the winter, thus far, the car display showing -2C as I pulled up next to his Transit parked in the pre-arranged area. We fished two rods each; with dead baits - Mackerel and Herring in various colour/flavour combinations. Benno took the only fish, of the session, within thirty minutes of our arrival (although he did winkle out a couple of micro jacks on a soft lure later in the session - they count for nothing!) - about 5 lbs and that is a very generous guesstimation.