Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Wednesday 9 December 2020

The canal keeps giving

 Unless something extraordinary happens, today was the last pike session I'll be having before Boxing Day. Work is absolutely crazy and the money, on offer, far to much to turn down. When the gravy train hits the "Brexit" buffers I'm sure I'll have all the time I want to cast a bait for old Esox. In the meantime, I happily work sixty hour weeks, with all that it entails, knowing that the retirement clock is ticking and I should get what I can whilst it's available. No surprise that I returned to the section where I'd enjoyed such a wonderful result, last time out. 

Is it any surprise that pike find this area so attractive?

It was a lovely day although the water was carrying a lot of colour following the recent heavy rain plus the EA had the sluices open, creating quite a current for this venue. Nothing that I couldn't cope with, but I knew it would be a struggle to keep floating debris from causing false alarms and so it proved. It was an absolute privilege to have both Brian Harper and Ian Roberts (Folkestone Birds) come to, socially distance, chat with me during the early morning. There is so much that birding and angling have in common. Brian couldn't stay for too long, but Ian was far less tied to a schedule and was on hand witness my first bite of the session and the resultant 11 lbs 10 oz pike. It was a really nice gesture for these two guys to make the effort to come out to see me - it's nice to be nice!

However, they both had work commitments which ensured I was all alone when the second bite was announced by the Siren R3's. A cracking scrap, partly due to the floating weed, resulted in the second double of the session being drawn over the chord. 13 lbs 9 oz - I'll settle for that.

The session meandered along, I spent quite a while watching a female Kingfisher attempting to find a meal from the opposite margins. The camera work isn't much more than "record shots" yet plenty good enough to post here.

Mid-day had come and gone without any indication of another pike, so I recast all three rods, giving the baits an extra dose of Predator Plus & Herring oil in the process. Less than an hour later one of the alarms burst into song as my third bite of the session was registered. No dramatics, I felt sure that it would be a "nine" but the scales revealed a pleasant surprise - 10 lbs 5 oz - very nice. Three bites = three doubles, my target of twenty looks well achievable at present.

In the run up to Christmas I'm not too sure how much scope for blog entries there will be? Rest assured, even if I'm unable to get out, Benno & Luke (and brother Sye) are still chasing dreams and if anything, worthy of note, occurs, you'll see it here first.


  1. Dylan, Top angling for Esox on RMC, Like myself using a bit of mixture of knowledge, watercraft, and google maps, you sourced your target and hit bullseye! I, personally have been quite sick for 2 weeks now (CV19 positive) and your blogs are a god-send as I cannot go out fishing and am self isolating,so I look forward to your write ups. As soon as I am well I will be back on th bank, I miss it so much! Tight lines Phil

    1. Hi Phil,
      Sorry to hear about your CV19 situation. I take it that self-isolating means you're at home and not in a hospital ward? The Royal Military has been very kind to me, just recently. My last seven pike have all been "doubles", although there are a couple of repeat captures involved. I'm really enjoying myself at present. Because of the work situation, any angling opportunities are given 100% effort. I spend an inordinate amount of my time on the bank thinking about my tactics and techniques. If something is niggling, then I change it, and will change it again if I'm still not happy. Dick Walker used the term "controlled impatience" to describe the actions of a thinking angler. It's taken a while but I'm getting the hang of it now. Many thanks for taking the time to comment, always appreciated, hope you are able to get back on the bank very soon. Take care & tight lines - Dylan

  2. hi Dylan. hope your all well. Great pike fishing. well done. how have the eels been. ? Still causing problems. ?
    keep catching mate.

    1. Hi Nick,
      It's been a while! Eels are still very active, especially in low light and/or dirty water conditions in, both, the drains and canal. I did do a bit of eel fishing early in the season, using the "twig" rig. Nothing bigger than 2 lbs 9 oz for my troubles, yet I was highly impressed by the effectiveness of that crazy set-up. I'm hoping to get out for some serious eel fishing next summer; Covid allowing? Pike have been very kind to me and I am having my best season since the 1986/7 campaign. I've settled on a stretch of the RMC which is fairly remote and am reaping the rewards for going that extra mile. My last seven pike have all been doubles and I feel there's more to come. Hoping all is well with you? Stay safe & tight lines - Dylan