How do I become a member?
Details on applying for membership can be found on our Membership Application page.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Is there a waiting list?
When do I need to pay my subscription?
When I can I join the Society?
What do I get upon becoming a member?
How do I renew my membership?
What documents do I need when fishing at one of your waters?
You need to have with you your ID card, membership card, rule book and rod licence. If you cannot produce these documents when asked to do so by a Society Bailiff, you will be asked to leave the fishery.
How many rods can I use?
The number of rods you can use depends on the Society water you intend to fish and the type of member you are (eg. Junior). The rule book, and the website states the number of rods you can use at each Society water. You will also need the correct number of valid Environment Agency rod licenses to fish on Society waters.
Are there any restrictions on the baits I can use?
Yes. Again, water notice boards, the rule book and the website all state any bait restrictions currently in force on all Society waters.
Can I use bait boats?
Bait boats cannot be used, except on Blue Lake
Can I use a keepnet?
You can use a keepnet at the River Medway and at Paddock Wood lakes. Keepnets may also be used at other Society waters if approved by the Committee, or during a match.
Am I required to attend work parties?
No, but your help at working parties would be greatly appreciated!
How do I join a work party?
The website and Society water notice boards contains details of upcoming working parties. Also, members with access to email receive notifications of working parties. Before attending any working party, it would be very helpful if you can let the organiser know in advance that you wish to attend a working party. Details on how to do this are given with the working party notifications.
Is night fishing allowed?
Yes, on some of the Society waters, with restrictions. The rule book, and the website, states any night fishing restrictions currently in force.
Do you issue day tickets?
Yes, more information about day tickets can be found here.
Is there a close season?
Yes, there is a statutory close season on the River Medway, from 15th March to 15th June inclusive.
Can members take guests onto your waters?
With the exception of Shorne Country Park, members cannot take guests onto any Society water, unless prior approval is granted by the Committee. This includes non-fishing family members and friends. There may be non-fishing permits available, see the Membership Application page for details. Information regarding taking fishing guests can be found in the TWAPS Membership section.
Why is the Society predominantly seen as being a carp/match Society and why does it not cater for the general pleasure coarse angler?
The Society’s membership is made up of a variety of coarse anglers, including carp specialists and match anglers. (The Society has an active friendly match fraternity which is open to all members.) The majority of members are pleasure anglers and enjoy a wide variety of coarse fishing at the Society’s fisheries.
I have been intimidated by other members wanting to use my swim, what should I do?
Contact one of the Bailiffs, the numbers are on the front of your membership card, or use the website.
Does the Society run matches?
Can any member enter a match?
How do I recognise an official TWAPS Bailiff?
Every official TWAPS Bailiff carries and displays an identity badge. Pictures of the current Bailiffs are on the website.
Why do I not see a Bailiff when fishing?
All Bailiffs are volunteers and have a limited amount of time to patrol Society Waters. Every effort is made to visit the waters as frequently as possible.
I am interested in becoming a Bailiff, how do I do this?
Contact the Head Bailiff (the first number on the front of your membership card, or use the website). There is a job description in the Bailiffs page.
Why does the website not have a members’ forum/chat room/feedback page?
The Society has a very active Facebook Group which is limited to all current members. This group serves the purpose of a forum/chat page. All TWAPS members who use Facebook can request to join the group.
Why have the pictures I submitted for inclusion in the gallery not been published?
The Society receives a lot of pictures for inclusion in the gallery and we simply cannot publish all of them. The pictures must be of good quality and suitable composition.
What sort of pictures can I submit?
Anything on Society waters or matches. eg:-Photos of fish caught, other anglers fishing (with their permission), wildlife, scenic pictures, amusing pictures etc.
Why is the fishery post code given on the website not accurate?
The postcode is approximate due to the remoteness of the fishery. You are advised to refer to your rule book for accurate maps and directions to Society fisheries.
Can any member fish Blue Lake?
Is Blue Lake a syndicate water?
Do you need a key to access Blue Lake?
Can anything be done about the fluctuating water levels at Blue Lake.
How many swims are there at Blue Lake?
Can toilets be provided at Cobham?
Why are there no carp in the Middle Lake at Cobham?
Can anything be done about the access road at Cobham?
Inn On The Lake
Can anything be done about the weed at the Inn on the Lake?
The amount of weed at the Inn On The Lake fishery is an ongoing problem that is continually monitored. Keep an eye on the website and newsletters for more information.
Why are there only carp at the Inn on the Lake?
There are other species, it’s just that most of our members only fish for the large carp there and these catches are the only ones reported back to us.
Is there any maintenance planned at the Inn on the Lake?
On going work regarding the swims, trees, vegetation and paths is due to take place during the year.
Why is there so much litter at the Inn on the Lake?
Any litter at the Inn on the Lake fishery is left behind by other members. Please take it home.
Why is there only one lake left to fish at Paddock Wood?
As a working Quarry the owners J. Clubb decided to drain and fill in the main lake and disallow access to the smaller pond behind the main lake. This was beyond our control, but they did inform us they would be excavating a new lake in the future just behind Canal Lake.
Why can’t I have an access key to Paddock Wood or use a combination lock?
This is a working quarry controlled and run by J. Clubb Ltd. They will only let the Society have a limited number of keys. This is non-negotiable and is the reason why keys are distributed to nominated key holders.
How do I obtain a key?
See the members’ rule book or go to the Paddock Wood fishery page for more details and how to loan a key.
Why is there so little information about the Paddock Wood fishery?
We have not been supplied with such information and therefore it is down to members who fish these waters to provide us with catch updates. It is hoped that at a later date we will be able to use the services of Hadlow College to obtain further stock answers.
Where do I park at Paddock Wood?
There is one designated parking area at the Paddock Wood fishery, just as you pass through the inner gate on the right. Do NOT park anywhere else! From the car park to the River Medway it is a 300m walk.
Shorne Country Park
What’s happened to the fishing at Shorne Country Park?
The car park charges at Shorne Country Park put me off fishing!
I have some issues with non-members and/or the general public at Shorne Country Park, what do I do about this?
What fish are in this lake?
In short, we are not sure! However, there are some reports of carp to around 10 to 15lb being caught as a well as some silver fish.
At the time of writing (March 2017) the Society arranged for some stocking which took place in January 2017, see the Campanile fishery page for more details.
Where do I park?
Parking is in the hotel car park in the marked bays only (i.e. between the white lines). You must register you vehicle with the hotel reception immediately upon arrival, and, if staying for longer that 24 hours, re-register your vehicle again, once every 24 hours. Failure to do this may incur a hefty fine, for which TWAPS is NOT responsible.
Can I use the hotel facilities?
The hotel facilities are available to you, but no dirty footwear please.