Location in South East:
Fordcombe, Tonbridge Wells, Kent, England.
Ron Mott on 01342 324718
£70 per year with a £15 joining fee, £18 for juniors [12-17 years old], £90 for joint husband and wife. Guest tickets cost £5 per day [must be accompanied by a member].
Meat, boilies, maggots, pellets, cheese, paste and bread.
From London, follow the A21 towards Fordcombe. Turn right at the Pembury roundabout onto the A264. Continue through Tunbridge Wells, then take a right onto the B2188. The river is two miles further up the road.
The Royal Tunbridge Wells Angling Society control all of the River Meday from Chafford weirpool to the Penhurts Estate. The River Medway is famed nationally for its barbel, and although it does not hold the monster fish it once did, there are still plenty of big barbel on offer, particularly after a number of stockings were made by the club.
This stretch of the River Medway is not just a barbel river, but offers excellent general coarse fishing. You will find chub [to 7lb], perch [to 3lb], pike [to 20lb+], roach, dace, grayling, carp and even brown trout. Most of the barbel are caught from the big pools, although some can be caught from the fast runs . Best baits include meat, boilies, paste, pellets or maggots. The chub fishing on offer is good too, with average sizes around 3lb. Either roam from swim to swim or concentrate on one swim biulding it up with swimfeedered maggots. Roach and dace are not present in the numbers they once were, although they can still be caught trotting maggots or bread, while the grayling can be found in the shallow runs.
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