|Playing a low double down at the Seabrooke section of the Royal Military Canal|
|Benno with one of the early pike, 16 lbs 9 oz, from Seabrooke|
This new section of the canal involved a walk, with all our kit, of over one and a quarter miles, thus ensuring only the very keenest anglers would ever venture out there. I think that this factor, more than any other, has been pivotal in all of our subsequent successes? Armed with Google Maps and a great deal of confidence, we have continued to explore the piking potential of the entire length of this superb fishery.
Some of our hunches have failed dismally, but shit happens and I'd like to think that we're all able to accept set-backs as part and parcel of the hobby? The canal is a law unto itself, water levels fluctuate due to umpteen factors, many of which have little to do with weather related issues. Twenty nine miles of pike fishing possibilities - which continues to throw up surprises, and challenges, as we seek "that pike" which we are now convinced inhabits the murky waters of this magnificent fishery.
When will it end? Can't say that I've an answer to that. If one of us does catch that monster will it mean that the rest of us will just quit and seek another challenge? What would be the ultimate size of such a fish? Questions, questions.
Whilst I remain fit enough (and I've no plans or issues which are likely to impact upon this) to get out onto the bank side, I will also retain the perception that any wild pike, over fifteen pounds, is a truly precious creature and, as such, one to be savoured whenever they cross my path. Those pike which manage to exceed twenty pounds, in these same environments, are much akin to rocking horse manure. If you are ever blessed by their presence - enjoy the moment and thank the angling gods for such a gift. Big pike - they are truly a magnificent creature to behold, the Apex Predator!
|We were back out this morning and this magnificent pike fell to Luke's kit.|
Never fished the canal for pike a must I think,I am just plodding along soon I will get my first double great read as always Dylan will no doubt catch up soonReplyDelete
Choose your venues and stick with a plan. The RMC is a fantastic fishery, but you will drive past lots of decent waters should you decide to seek that double from here? The Stour, around Grove Ferry, has a great track record for such pike, as does the Wantsum over at Chamber's Wall - a day ticket venue controlled by Wantsum AA.
Good luck with your search and we will cross paths at some time in the near future? - Dyl
Thanks I have been sticking to the stour at this moment in beentime and happy with what I have been catching I did dye my bait and works a treat,I am like u you I have never have live baited happy to mix it up with dead bait tight lines mate and watch this space 👍👍👍👍ReplyDelete
hi dylan ..hope your well. great angling with the pike . not sure of you remember our chats about the eels in the RM. ?ReplyDelete
are you getting much eel problems at the mo. ?
Great to hear from you - Eels! Yep, they remain a right pain in the arse down on the RMC. Not quite the same issues out on the marsh, but eels are still present in good numbers. A session last Friday, in filthy flood water conditions, resulted in at least ten false alarms as eels destroyed my popped-up Mackerel and Sardine offerings.
Kent, it would seem, still has a decent population of these slimy, good for nothing, pests!
Thanks BB, it's only when I look back over the last few years that I realise how good a pike fishery the RMC actually is. The venue offers me the most realistic chance of a "big" fish locally. Just how big remains to be discovered, however, one like your latest capture would be a nice way to start this winter's efforts. Tight lines mate - DylanDelete