In June 2013, TWAPS entered into a shared lease agreement with Darent Otters, giving members only, access to 1 lake (‘Canal Lake’) and approximately 425m, (¼ mile) stretch of the River Medway, near Paddock Wood in Kent. Fishing is available all year round, except for the River Medway, which is subject to the close season (no fishing between 15th March and 15th June inclusive). Night fishing is allowed.
This fishery is situated in a working quarry which is controlled and run by J. Clubb Ltd. The site is very big and there is a long walk from the designated car park, so travelling light is advised, particularly if fishing the Medway.
Access to the site is obtained by the loan of a key from one of the designated key holders (see below) on a short term basis. The loss or non return of a loaned key, or fishing without a key and being locked in the car park will incur a charge.
The lake, which is the closest to the car park and known as the ‘Canal Lake’, is about 1 acre in size, with an even depth down the middle of 2m from end to end. Members who have fished it have caught carp to around 20lb+, roach, rudd, perch, bream, eels, pike and hybrids. The stock in the lake is unclear as it has been flooded several times by the Medway over the years and it is suspected that a number of fish have ‘escaped’. However, there is still plenty of fish in the lake and members continue to catch.
Very strict rules govern access and use of this fishery and juniors must be accompanied by a Society adult member at all times.
The Society has the rights to fish the North bank on the River Medway between the road bridge, A228 Boyle Way and the railway bridge.
There are the usual coarse fish in the river, including chub, dace, roach, barbel, bream, perch and pike etc.
The river bank is overgrown in places, so some bank side clearance may be necessary. A long handled landing net is also advised.
Note: The footbridge is strictly out of bounds, as is the opposite side of the River.
The site is a working quarry and is governed by the Mine & Quarry Act, and the Quarry Manager has the final say. Whilst on the site care must be taken as there are the customary heavy goods vehicles regularly moving in and out of the quarry. Being a strictly members only water, prospective members may only view the water if accompanied by a Bailiff or Committee Member.
Northfleet: Phil Townsend ~ 07879 854030
Gravesend: Roy Stedman ~ 07974 030630
Medway: Derek Graves ~ 01634 221445
Gravesend: Mick Mount ~ 07974 776999
Herne Bay: Jeff Buxton ~ 07712 837996
Dartford: Charlie Rayner ~ 07714 215008