TWAPS Open Evening – A Presentation on Inside Fisheries and Fishery Management

Open Evening: Inside Fisheries and Fishery Management

Guest Speaker: Viv Shears of VS Fisheries (on the right in the accompanying picture)

Date: 27th April 2022

Venue: The Inn on the Lake Hotel

About Viv Shears and VS Fisheries

Approximately 30 people attended the presentation on Inside Fisheries and Fishery Management, given by the guest speaker Viv Shears, a Fish Farmer and Independent Fishery Consultant, and co-owener of VS Fisheries.

Previously Viv was the Fisheries Manager for CMEX and a lecturer on Fishery Managment and Sparsholt College.

VS Fisheries started in 2005 by Viv and Simon Scott, and is now the biggest producer of carp in the UK, specialising soley in carp, with fish ranging from 2 inches in length to over 30lb in weight. VS Fisheries has 80 acres of waters covering approximately 70 lakes up to 5 acres in size.

VS Fisheries is licenced with Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), is an executive agency of the United Kingdom government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Inside Fisheries

The first half of the presentation – Inside Fisheries – involved a slide show describing the process of how carp are produced and farmed on a large scale, from egg fertilisation through to delivery to angling clubs, commercial fisheries, etc. From the occasional single fish (eg. a specimen named after a recently deceased relative) to 1,000s to stock a lake.

Viv described every stage of the process and how the production of carp is carefully managed and monitored at every stage, including an investment of some Lidl mineral water bottles, at 6p each(!) supporting a £multi-million business operation.

Fishery Management

After a short break and a raffle, Viv continued with the second half of the presentation – Fishery Management.

Viv’s premise is that if the environment in which the fish live (the lake) is well managed, then the fish will be healthier and will grow quicker and anglers will be happier as they will (try to) catch bigger and better quality fish.

For angling clubs and commercial fisheries, stock is the most valuable asset, second to owning any land or lakes, and therefore the stock should be looked after. Why skimp to on keeping fish alive and healthy? Healthy fish are of more value.

Viv talked at length about the importance of water quality (oxygen levels, nitrates and nitrites, phosphates and water temperature) and feeding (particularly over the winter months) at the same time on the same spot at regular intervals.

Questions and Answers

After the presentations Viv invited questions from the audience.

The presentations were well received and very informative, and were greatly received by all.

After 3 hours 15 minutes the evening ended with a hearty round of applause.

Gary Bushell (left) and Viv Shears
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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