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The Cinque Ports Angling Society. Fishing the Royal Military canal at Hythe, Sandgate, Aldergate, Giggers Green, West hythe.
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Important notices

CPAS official announcement…
It is with heavy hearts that we will not be offered the lease on the Beachborough ponds in the new season…
This is No fault of CPAS at all…
The reasons for this is that the Wallis Family will be setting up a venture of their own lead by Paul Wallis and opening the ponds to the public on a Day ticket basis.
However they would like to offer a reduced day ticket for CPAS members, there is no talk of memberships to the ponds at present time.
We at CPAS wish the Wallis family all the best in their new venture..



Royal Military Canal COVID19 Update Closed sections
As from the Monday 29th March 2021 from Midnight all sections of the Royal Military Canal will be open, Please be mindful of all Canal Paths and Social Distancing that is still in place.


After further clarification, we are happy to announce that as of Sat 9th Jan we are reopening our waters for fishing. Please be aware that the following rules will have to be adhered to.


Stanford Lake remains members only so you will need a current membership to fish these waters.

Anyone flouting the rules will be reported to the relevant authorities.


The Hythe Royal Military Canal, and Stanford Lakes


The Cinque Ports Angling Society was 90 years old on January 26th 2013.

Cinque Ports Angling Society was founded in the 1920?s. Originally a sea and course fishing club, it is now totally course fishing. We have the fishing rights to 11 miles of the Royal Military Canal. The first section is 7 miles long from Seabrook to West Hythe. Then there is a 4 mile section from West Hythe to Giggers Green. We also have Stanford Lake situated in Stanford North.


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. Senior £7, Concessionary and Juniors £3 for fishing from dawn until dusk.
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 26lbs Pike has been caught recently. There is also a good head of Roach. The Tench are bigger than average due to the depth of water.

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.


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1. Seabrook Outfall
2. Seaview ( foot only )
3. College ( foot only )
4. Cannongate ( foot only )
5. Twiss
6. Ladies Walk ( foot only)
7. Town Stretch
8. Red Lion Square
9. Sainsburys ( foot only )
10. Light Railway
11. Prince of Wales ( foot only )
12. West Hythe
13. West Hythe Dam
14. Aldergate
15. Giggers Green

Stanford Lake – Click on the image for directions (open all year)

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 23 swims.
There is access all around the lake. You can park next to each swim when ground is suitable.
Some swims have steps and others have easier access.
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, 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, as it is a new water to us, to confirm what is in the water.

Fish Records

Record fish from society waters
Carp36lb 6ozEel 6lb 14ozRudd2lb 2oz
Crucian Carp2lb 9.5ozPerch3lb 8ozTench6lb 4oz
Chub3lb 3ozRainbow Trout4lb 120zPike29lb 7oz
Grass Carp23lbDace8.5ozBrown Trout5lb 3.5oz
Bream6lb 4ozRoach2lb 7.5oz

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Club Secretary Stacy West –  07912 942883

Membership Secretary Ray West – 01303 267623
Address 2 Chestnut Terrace Dymchurch Road Hythe Kent CT216LL

Stanfords Head Bailiff John Williams

Fixtures and Bookings Paul Musson 07852 284302

Canal Bailiff/Folkestone &Hythe Council Bailiff Paul Musson 07852 284302