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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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