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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Inn on the Lake – Temporary Closures


At the hotel owner’s request, the fishery will be closed to all Members on Tuesday 21st May from 7pm, and will reopen at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd May.

Locks will be changed whilst closed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Committee

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Polite Reminder – Pike Fishing


This is a polite reminder to inform you that fishing for pike is now banned on all TWAPS waters until 1st October 2024. Pike fishing is only permitted from 1st October until 31st March each year.

The Committee

Inn on the Lake Fish Survey

In March 2024 a fish survey was carried out by AE Fisheries on the Main Lake at the Inn on the Lake. See the ‘Fish Survey’ section on the Inn on the Lake page.

Other surveys are to follow at Shorne Country Park, Cobham and the Middle Lake
at the Inn on the Lake. These are to be carried out during the winter of 2024-25.

Renewing Membership Queries


If you have any queries regarding renewing your membership please use the Contact Form.

Please do not contact Bailiffs or Committee Members directly – you will be directed to the website.

Thank you.
The Committee

Carp pellets for sale


The Head Bailiff, Gary Bushell, has acquired carp pellets for sale to TWAPS Members at cost price.

If you would like to purchase some, or find out more details, contact Gary – BY TEXT ONLY PLEASE.

His number is on your membership card.

The Committee

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Inn on the Lake – Main Lake Jetty


The owners of the Inn on the Lake Hotel have complained that some TWAPS Members are feeding fish from the jetty.

The jetty and patio areas are STRICTLY OUT OF BOUNDS to all Members for feeding or fishing.

Any Member caught either feeding or fishing from the jetty or patio areas will receive an instant suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.

We are currently waiting for the CCTV footage to be looked at.

The Committee

Pike and Predator Fishing Open Evening

A pike and preditor open evening for all TWAPS Members is being organised for Tuesday 16th April 2024 starting at 7:30pm, at the Inn on the Lake hotel.

There are two guest speakers, Mark Barnet and Gary Peet.

More information will follow in due course.

The evening is open to all current TWAPS Members.

If you are a TWAPS Member and would like to attend please contact Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff, by TEXT ONLY PLEASE (please do not phone), so we have an idea of how many are coming. Please include your full name and your TWAPS membership number. Gary’s number is on your TWAPS membership card.

There will be a raffle on the night, with several prizes on offer.

Thank you

The Committee

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Inn on the Lake, Main Lake, Swim 18 Closure

Swim 18 on the Main Lake at the Inn on the Lake is permanently closed.

The Committee

Stocking Update

Saturday 16th December.

Fish supplied by VS Fisheries.

Delivered and stocked:

At the Inn On The Lake – 2 x c7s:
One fully scaled mirror of 29lb 4oz, known as “Hammond’s Mirror”.
One mirror of 27lb 10oz, known as “Buxton’s” Mirror.
These two fish were named after the two longest serving Committee Members.

At Cobham
Cobham bottom pond – 50x c3 mirrors up 6lb 5oz.

At Shorne Country Park
100 x C2s in to Long Lake, up to 3lb 8oz.
100 x C2s in to steps lake.

Photos for Cobham and Shorne to follow.

TWAPS is always building and protecting our stocks for the future.

Only silvers and tench to arrive now – in the new year.

The Committee.