All, since obtaining the lease to fish the Brakes Pit complex the club has been giving serious consideration as to how best to protect the large head of specimen pike that exist in this water. As many will know despite their size Pike can be a very fragile fish if not handled correctly, caught in the warmer months or the same fish repeatedly caught.
The club sort expert opinion from not only senior members of the Pike Angling Club of Great Britain but also other expert sources. Based on that input the club has decided to put the following arrangements in place. These arrangements only apply to the Brakes complex.
Pike Fishing will be allowed in 2 periods - 1st Nov to 20th Dec and from 11th Jan to the end of February all dates inclusive - Fishing from 07:00 to 17:00.
Only 15 adult anglers will be given the right to fish for pike during these 2 periods (15 in Period 1 and 15 in Period 2) - 30 Anglers in total. To enter the random draw for one of these permits please enter your details below, there are NO additional fees. The selection of the 30 anglers will be drawn at random on the 26th Oct at the CAPS Board meeting using the https://namepicker.net application to ensure everyone has the same chance and the draw will be recorded and shared. All successful applicants will be notified by email. Brakes bailiffs will hold a list of those allowed to pike fish, anyone caught Pike fishing outside of this list will be banned. A full list of minimum tackle requirements and bait limits can be found on the relevant news item on this website, but will also be included in the mail we send successful applicants.
I hope that members appreciate the cautious approach that the club is taking in the first year of our lease, we will review the situation again next year based upon the experience of this season. There are very few waters in Essex that hold fish of this quality and the last thing we want in our first season is to have facilitated the demise of some of these old and wonderful fish.