Barbless vs Microbarbed Hooks

In light of the majority of responded members in favour of allowing the use of microbarbed as well as barbless hooks on Society waters. The Committee, by a majority decision, have agreed to allow members to use either barbless hooks or microbarbed hooks on all society waters with immediate effect.

Please note that barbed hooks are banned on all Society waters.

A selection of comments from those who were in favour of allowing microbarbed hooks:

  • Being such a major issue what is better for the fish? Looking at various fisheries and the damage to the fish mouths, I think using microbarbed hooks might be worth trying and keep it under review.
  • Having read several articles on the subject I have decided to go with use of both as there seems to be good reasons to give microbarded a chance.
  • Better for fish safety.
  • I don’t believe that microbarbed hooks damage fish any more than barbless.
  • I have been told micro barbs hold better and do less harm to a fishes mouth. Barbless hooks can pull out then hold again therefore causing more punctures to the mouth than necessary.
  • I have used both barbless and micro barbed hooks in France and my local club waters and after five decades of carp fishing my preference is the micro barbed as I have found that barbless can slip and take hold in another part of the mouth causing slightly more damage.
  • I think that using microbarded hooks will reduce the damage to fish mouths, there will be less hook pulls.
  • In my experience, I have found due to the freedom of movement of the barbless hook in the fishes lip/mouth areas there appears to be more damage caused than when using microbarbed.
  • Our fish care is the most important factor if hook choice is based on fish loss during playing then I’d stay barbles. If the concern is mouth damage then microbarbed would be preferable.
  • Would love to see microbarbed hooks introduced.


A selection of comments from those who were against the allowing of microbarbed hooks: 

  • Barbless hooks are just as good as barbed and do not harm the fish.
  • Barbless hooks are used for the protection of the fish in our lakes!! If the line becomes tangled or snaps the fish can shed the hook! If anglers cannot land a fish with out the use of a barbed hook they should try a different hobby.
  • Being an angling coach and working with adults and children, I think that using good barbless hooks is the way forward. The problem of any barbed hook is trying to unhook, whether in a fish or a child and what a lot of people forget, any discarded hooks lengths sometimes lost in foliage with a barbed hook is a wildlife trap in the same instance using a barbless hook the wildlife can easily eject the hook.
  • Better for the fish, so what if you lose the odd one, that’s what angling is about. Let’s give the fish less damage.
  • For the health and safety of the fish I feel only barbless hooks should be used.
  • I consider fishing a sport and as a consequence believe we should do everything we can to protect fish and ensure they come to no harm. Barbless hooks go someway in helping in this.
  • I feel very strongly on not to use micro barbed hooks because they do damage like normal barbed hooks. I have been a member over ten years and I know people are still using barbed hooks due to the fish I catch with very bad lips. So please keep to barbless hooks. It madness to go backwards.
  • I have tried to research this subject online, and having done so I would prefer that TWAPS stays with a barbless hook only policy. Whatever the result of the ballot, I will continue to use barbless hooks only.
  • I have used barbless hooks for some time now and feel that this is the best approach both for the ease of unhooking the fish but also for the wellbeing of the fish.
  • I have used barbless hooks for twenty years and have not lost fish or seen any damage from my hooks on those fish. I would need to be convinced that micro barbs are better at present.
Hook Types Results

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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