Cobham Survey Report

Survey by Hadlow College

As a result of the fish survey at the top and bottom lakes at Cobham, the following species and weights were recorded.

As a result of the fish survey at the top and bottom lakes at Cobham, the following species and weights were recorded:

Top Lake:

  • Carp 192lb
  • Crucian Carp 24lb
  • Perch 22lb
  • Roach 325lb
  • Total: 583lb


Bottom Lake:

  • Carp 250lb
  • Roach 202lb
  • Tench 1 only about 1lb 8oz
  • Total: 453lb 8oz.

The total weight netted and electro fished was 1,036lb 8oz.

Unfortunately there were many more fish excluded due to net snagging on sunken logs, which were removed, in the top lake.

Following the survey, discussions took place with several Committee members and Bailiffs. It was accepted, that at the present time the two lakes are predominately two species fisheries, namely carp and roach, although a small number of good perch and crucian carp were netted.

One suggested solution is to thin out the roach population and introduce species such as rudd, perch, bream and ide.

The size and quantity of fish needs to be carefully considered.

The question is “Does the Society stock a large quantity of small fish, or a small quantity of larger fish?”

A large quantity of small fish can sustain an initial loss due to predation or natural causes, but would not necessarily be of a hookable size for the first year.

A smaller number of larger fish could result in immediate catches, but would mean any loss reduces the initial sport available.

The Society would receive a much greater number of small fish as opposed to the larger alternative for the same cost.

The prices below are a sample only of the prices currently being shown by fish suppliers (as at March 2015):

Bream 4”-6” per 100, £110 + vat + delivery.
Bream 8”-10” per 100, £460 + vat + delivery.
Bream 10” + £9.95 per lb, + vat + delivery.

Rudd 4”-6” per 100, £65 + vat + delivery.
Rudd 8”-10” per 100, £350 + vat + delivery.

Tench 4”-6” per 100, £230 + vat + delivery.
Tench 8”-10” per 100, £580 + vat + delivery
Tench 10” + £13.95 per lb, + vat + delivery.


It is obvious that to do nothing is out of the question and expert advice will be required to make the right decision.

The Society must accept that, despite using an accredited supplier with health certification, there is always a risk when introducing new stock to an existing fishery.



See photos below…


Cobham Lakes Fish Survey 2015
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TWAPS Updates

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Waste food, unused bait and litter


Some of our waters, especially at the Inn on the Lake and Cobham, have recently been experiencing a vermin problem. This is being monitored weekly.

To help to prevent this situation continuing can you please ensure that you not discard unused or waste food and bait, and that you take it all home, together with all your litter, after your session.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Committee

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Chairman’s Matches 2024


The 2024 Chairman’s matches are scheduled for 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June – all Thursdays – at Shorne Country Park.

If you would like to enter please notify Dennis either by email at “” or by text or phone on 07957 870245.

Please quote your full name and your current TWAPS membership number please.

The draw will take place at 5pm and then fish from 6pm until 9pm.

Please note that entrants are responsible for car park charges (£3.00).

Please see the full: match rules.

Thank you and good luck.

Access to Cobham

When visiting the Cobham fishery please DO NOT use the short cut track between the gate cottage and the main track cattle grid if it’s taped off.

Also please keep to the main track and avoid driving on the grass.

Members seen using the short cut when it’s taped off, or driving on the grass will have their membership suspended pending a Committee enquiry.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Committee

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.

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

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.

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