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Pike Fishing Brakes 2021/2

19/10/2021 - Latest News

All, following our first season of Pike Fishing at Brakes Pit and based on some of the learnings of the successful first pike season CAPS will again be putting in place a limited number of permits to fish Brakes for Pike. Based on the previous experience a couple of changes have been made.
1) We have increased the number of permits to 20 from 15 in each period. 
2) Brakes Round pit will not form part of this arrangement and be able to be fished by any member for Pike in line with other waters and CAPS rules.

Pike Fishing will be allowed in 2 periods - 1st November to 20th December and from 11th January to the end of February. (all dates inclusive). Fishing will be from 07:00 to 17:00.
Only 20 adult anglers will be given the right to fish for pike in each of these 2 periods - 20 anglers in period 1 and 20 anglers in period 2 - 40 Anglers in total. 
The selection of the 40 anglers will be drawn at random. Any angler wishing to be considered for a Pike permit need to apply via the caps websitehttps://www.colchesteraps.org/brakes-pit-pike-fishing-application or for those without the internet by contacting Mark Castle who will add you to the list. There will be NO additional fee.
A random draw of all names will then take place at the CAPS board meeting on the evening of the 25th Oct (Applications close midnight 24th Oct) using the https://namepicker.net application to ensure everyone has the same chance, this will be recorded so as to be totally transparent. 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.  
The club will operate a no publicity policy in respect of Pike caught, but anglers need to inform the bailiff or a CAPS committee member of Pike caught so we can monitor the catch rate in this first season. 
The club reserves the right to close off swims to pike fishing if we feel that certain pike are being repeatedly caught in the same swim, a notice will be erected in the swim if this circumstance should arise.

The following tackle and bait requirements need to be adhered to.  
No Lure fishing
No Live Bait
Sea dead baits only.
Main Line 20lb Minimum or 0.35mm Braid 
Wire Trace 30lb Min and 18inch minimum lenght.
Large rubberised landing nets to be used only
Must be in possession off.
- Side cutters minimum off 11inch for removing/ cutting treble hooks and pike forceps/ pliers minimum of ten inch in length for removing hooks.
- Pike glove to be used.
- Only barbless hooks or semi barbless (one micro barbed point, 2 barbless points to hold the dead bait to be used).
- Appropriate unhooking mat to be used for the size of Pike that are likely to be caught. Mats must have sides to contain Pike in the mat.

I hope that members appreciate the continued cautious approach that the club is taking in respect of this water. There are very few waters in Essex that hold fish of this quality and we want to protect as much as possible some of these old and wonderful fish.  As many will know despite their size Pike can be a very fragile fish if not handled correctly or the same fish repeatedly caught. 

CAPS Committee..