Cobham Bottom Lake Project – Autumn 2021

Cobham Bottom Lake Project

Autumn 2021


The Cobham Bottom Lake project is now underway, after a long delay due to Covid-19.

In preparation for the main works, to be undertaken by contractors Land and Water, some TWAPS members have been clearing parts of the site and draining the lake.

Dennis Hammond, Project Manager and Chairman and Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff
4th October 2021.


  • 29/09/21 dewatering started and continued until 18/10/21.
  • 11/10/21 de-silting machinery arrived.
  • 12/10/21 de-silting bunds created.
  • 13/10/21 de-silting starts and finishes 21/10/21.
  • 22/10/21 safety orange netting and notices installed to identify exclusion area.
  • 24/10/21 Bottom lake filling up.
  • 26/10/21 10 am. Top and Middle lakes opened to members.

The above is a very short précis of the work carried out. There were many issues that came to light and had to be discussed before work could continue.

One thing discovered was that, under the hard clay bottom in the middle of the Pond is an estimated 5-6 feet of Thanet sand and water which was left well alone!!

Filling Up:

Spring 2022

Swim Building:

Summer 2022

Continuation of Swim Building:

Autumn 2022

Path Building:

In the following images, the Fence is by the new “bay” peg, with the land behind it up to pegs 9,10 and 11 being left as a “conservation back to nature area”.


All the swims have now been built and paths are now just about complete. The aquatic vegetation is about to be introduced.

Next stages:

Stock to be acquired.

Timescales as some will be dependent on weather and species availability etc.

It is envisaged that it will be ready for the 2023/2024 season.

Members will be kept informed as progress continues.

The Head Bailiff, Gary Bushell, thanks all those involved, including members of the several work parties for carrying out the work, and members of the Committee for their support.

Dennis Hammond, Project Manager and Chairman
16th October 2022

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Dip tanks at the Inn on the Lake and Cobham


It is compulsory for you to use the dip tanks provided at both the Inn on the Lake and Cobham fisheries. Please use them to dip your landing nets, unhooking mats (and cradles etc.) and weigh slings upon arrival at the fishery and certainly BEFORE placing your nets in the water or when you start fishing.

If you are found not to have done this you will be asked to leave the fishery.

Repeat offenders may be subject to disciplinary action.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Committee

Upcoming Work Party


There is a work party scheduled for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at Shorne Country Park.

Tap/click the link below for more details.


Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff

RFA Pike Matches 2023-24

The Rother Fishery Association (RFA) have organised 4 pike fishing matches over the winter of 2023-24.

As TWAPS is a member of the RFA these matches are open to all TWAPS Members.

The matches are scheduled to take place on the River Rother at Newenden on the following dates:

Sunday 10th December 2023
Sunday 7th January 2024
Sunday 4th February 2024
Sunday 3rd March 2024

Note the above dates and venue may change.

If you are interested, please use the website Contact Form:

Don’t forget to include your phone number and email address.

The Committee

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Paddock Wood Fishery – Fishing currently suspended


It is with regret that with immediate effect fishing at the Paddock Wood fishery is suspended until further notice.

This is due to the Committee being recently informed of a change of owners of the site and affects both the lake and the River Medway.

The Committee is currently in discussions with the new owners, and we will keep TWAPS Members updated.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Committee

Lost jewellery at the Inn on the Lake

To all Members

If any one has lost any jewellery at the Inn on the Lake can you please message Gary, Head Bailiff, and describe what the item is so we can hopefully return the item to its
Rightful owner.


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The “Magic Twig”

To all Members

Based on the available information, the Magic Twig device is currently not permitted on all TWAPS waters.

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To all Members


Due to outbreaks in Kent, the Inn On Lake dip tank and rinse tank are now both in use.

Please dip nets, unhooking mats and weigh slings etc. on every visit.

This is to help keep our fish safe.

Dip tanks will be ready to use at Cobham from Wednesday 24th August, late afternoon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff

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Membership Full

Our Membership is full and we are currently not accepting new Members. Applications for Membership will be placed on a waiting list.

Cobham Bottom Lake – Duck weed now cleared

To all Members

Most of the duck weed at Cobham Bottom Lake has now been cleared and is ready to fish again.

Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff