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The Royal Military Canal

NEW for 23/24 Season – The committee are delighted to announce we now have the fishing rights from Seabrook outfall to Warehorne bridge.

That’s now over 13 miles of The Royal Military Canal.

The Royal Military Canal is a Day Ticket water, apart from the members section from Lypmne Bridge to West Hythe Dam. Fishing permits are available on the bank from the Society Bailiffs.

There is no closed season on any section of the RMC.

Day Tickets: Senior £7, Concessionary and Juniors £3 for fishing from dawn until dusk. Day tickets can be purchased on the bank from one of the CPAS Bailiffs.

Please only pay for a day ticket from a CPAS Bailiff with a CPAS Bailiff card. No one else is able to sell tickets along our sections.

Please be prepared to show a valid membership (23/24 Red Card + Photo ID Card) or dated day ticket. Without one, you will be required to purchase a new day ticket at the above price.

The section between Seabrook and West Hythe is land locked by a dam. We have an annual stocking programme on this stretch. The Carp are up to 33lbs, Pike to 24lbs with plenty of tench to 6lb, bream to 6lb, perch to 2lb 6oz and roach of up to 2lb 4oz. There is also a big head of skimmers, rudd, eels, gudgeon and the odd trout including a brown trout weighing in at 5lbs 3.5oz caught recently.

The 4 mile, West Hythe to Giggers Green stretch of the canal is much wilder and a more secluded section of the canal. This stretch is 8 to 10 feet deep but holds the same species of fish. The Bomb Hole section of the canal at Giggers Green is well known as a Pike ‘Hot Spot’. A 26lb Pike has been caught recently. There is also a good head of Roach. The tench are also bigger than average due to the depth of water.


The map below shows the exact sections that CPAS have the fishing rights for. All members may fish anywhere along the blue line shown in the map. If you are fishing with a day ticket you cannot fish the member’s section.

The two red sections are not under CPAS control and there is strictly no fishing on these sections.

The markers indicate bridges or suitable access points to the various sections that we have the rights to.

If you’re a fan of what3words, you can download a list of the locations here:

The Royal Military Canal is a Historic Monument and is subject to legal protection under the 1979 Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act by the process known as scheduling. This makes it a criminal offence to damage a scheduling monument or to carry out works without the specific consent of the Secretary of State.
Therefore all Members and Day Ticket anglers using the canal are reminded not to dig out swims or alter the swims on the canal without prior permission from Cinque Ports Angling Society.

Bailiff: Paul Musson

Evegate Pond

Evegate pond is another new water secured by the club and will be available from 01/05/2023.

The water holds Carp, Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Eels. Due to the new water please report your catches plus this could be a club record.

There is a set of additional rules that apply to this water, please make sure they are followed at all times. These have been agreed by the committee and the land owners. You can find them here.

See below the location of the lake and how to access. There is no parking at the swims, members must park in the car park displaying their permit. Some exceptions may apply – please see the rules.

Bailiff: John Barnes

Stanford Lake

Please Note: Swim 11 is currently closed. This is for your own safety and we’ll update you once it has re-opened. Please do not attempt to fish from it.

Stanford Lake is situated in Stanford North. The lake is surrounded by woods, it has one large island and one manmade island. It is approximately 3 acres of water with 20 marked swims.

Some swims have steps and others have easier access.
There is access all around the lake. You can park next to each swim when ground is suitable.
Winter access may be more difficult as it is surrounded by grass. You are not allowed to take your vehicles beyond the car parking area from 1st November to the 1st April or whenever the barrier is closed, please use your common sense at other times of the year. Driving on the farmers crop fields is strictly prohibited and if caught you will lose your membership of the Society.
There is a car park at the entrance to the lake.
There is a very good head of Carp, Roach and Rudd. Unknown quantities of Tench, Chubb, Perch, Catfish and skimmer Bream.
This water is open all year round, there is no closed season.

Please let us know know what you catch!

Bailiff: Ant Brennan / Ben Trott