River Medway near Tunbridge Wells

On this page we give some pointers on how, when and where to catch the fish. Much depends on the time of the year, weather, equipment being used and finally and perhaps most importantly, your own ability. Much of the information given has been gleaned from the Bailiffs, who themselves regularly fish the various venues.

For the protection of our waters against poaching, we have not identified precisely each venues location.

An exceptional Barbel catch by Phil

Here are some pictures taken by the local Bailiff of the river a few days after the severe weather in October '00.

The water above the road way looks quite shallow, but is in fact usually 1.5 metres deep across the whole width of the river. The Chub and Barbel lay close to our bank on this stretch and are often taken using worm as the hook bait and freshly cooked hemp as ground bait.

Below the road bridge, the water is slower but shaded by trees and holds most of the species at some time. In winter the deep eddy on the bend at the bottom of this stretch has in the past seen large bags of big Roach, Rudd and Perch.

Species Method(s) Comment
Roach, Carp, Brown Trout, Dace, Perch, Chub, Pike, Barbel, Grayling and the occasional Tench, Golden Orfe, Rudd & Bream. Float
Swim feeder
Baits : bread, maggot, worm, sweetcorn, luncheon meat, cheese paste.

Tackle should not be too light, or large fish will be left with hooks and line embedded in their mouths - which must be avoided. If using maggot, expect to hook lots of minnows in between the bigger fish.

The use of barbless hooks will help to ensure the fish population does not become damaged when hooked.

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