Monthly Archives: January 2014

Barbel Show 2014

Sunday 4th May 2014
9am to 5pm
Chesford Grange Hotel, Coventry Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD

Speakers include;

John Bailey all round angler, author, TV presenter
Bob Roberts barbel angler supreme and latest DVD available
Paul Witcher presents his new DVD Magical Waters
Terry Theobald barbel fishing my way and assorted tales
Dr Mark Everard the science of barbel and roach

Large trade room, bait, tackle, books, DVDs, etc all at pre-season prices.
Mega raffle

Tickets available from address below or via Paypal

Members £8 Non Members £10
Wives/partners/children under 16 free
Paypal surcharge of £1 if paying online

Tickets in advance from: The Barbel Society 17 Mayford Road Poole Dorset BH12 1PT, include SAE.
Cheques payable to The Barbel Society

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It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Fred Crouch, the Barbel Society President.

Fred was instrumental in the formation of the Society and he leaves a massive void in not just the Society but the barbel fishing world as a whole.

We are obviously discussing what we should do to commemorate Fred’s life and as details emerge we will keep you informed.

The next issue of the Barbel Fisher will now become a Tribute to Fred and we will also be organising a permanent memorial at Kings Weir, the fishery Fred loved and where it all started.

The funeral will be private but we are already discussing plans for a memorial day to be held close to his home where all the people who knew Fred will be able to come along to celebrate his life.

The barbel world is now a poorer place but Fred brought joy, happiness and fun to everyone he came into contact with and that is how we will remember him.

Steve Pope

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Midshires Regional Meeting – 15th February

Presents an evening with Des Taylor and Steve Pope

Black Boy Hotel
14 Kidderminster Road
DY12 1AG

15th February
19.30 till late
Free for members
£3 non-members (refunded if joining the Society on the evening)

In attendance with Severn Valley Barbel Baits

Promises to be a great evening

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KAAC presents an Evening with Bob Church and Mike Green – 24th February

Kings Arms Angling Club presents an Evening with Bob Church and Mike Green with Special Guests

On Monday 24th February 2014 7.30pm, Doors open 6.30pm

At The Holiday Inn Garden Court A1 Sandy SG19 1NA

To view further information on the evening Click Here

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Angling Trust remains committed to rescuing and returning the Severn seal to the sea

The Angling Trust has confirmed that it intends to continue seeking a humane relocation of ‘Keith’ – the seal (who is actually a female) stuck in the River Severn freshwater system for nearly two years.

The Angling Trust successfully applied for a licence from Natural England to rescue the seal during the close season (1 September – 31 December 2013) but this was prevented by extensive flooding. That protective period, however, has now ended. No further licence is required for the control or capture of grey seals until 1 September 2014.

Whilst the Angling Trust has no control over others, it remains entirely committed to working with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) animal rescue charity to safely rescue and remove the mammal from the Severn – both to ensure that the seal comes to no harm and protect vulnerable and fragile freshwater fish stocks. These species include the endangered shad and eel, and threatened Atlantic salmon. Moreover, this female seal will not find a mate unless returned to the ocean.

Last year’s agreement between the Angling Trust and BDMLR has the backing of the Environment Agency – which fully supported the Trust’s original licence application to prevent further damage to local fish stocks.

Dafydd Evans, Area Manager for the Environment Agency commented: “We recognise the concern by anglers of the impact on specimen fish and that fishery owners can take action to protect their fishery. We will work closely with the angling community to investigate practical solutions to deter predation by seals.”

Alan Knight OBE, Chairman of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: “The Angling Trust and local angling clubs have been committed from the start to finding a solution which avoided any harm coming to […]

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Gloucestershire Regional Meeting – 7th January

There was the Gloucestershire Regional Meeting Tuesday with guest speaker Martin James Tuesday 7th January.

Held at the The White Horse Soudley and organised by Andy Holder.

This event was well attended and Martin gave a fantastic talk about River fishing for Chub and Barbel and did a few demos on how to prepare various baits for fishing for these species and other watercraft examples. His talk was richly added with examples from his lifetime of fishing.

Food was also provided by the hosts Andy and Ann.

Paul Kerby

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Gloucestershire Regional Meeting – 7th January

On the 7th Jan 2014 Martin James will be giving a talk at The White Horse Inn in Soudley Gloucestershire.

Please contact Andy Holder on 01594 825968 for any details.

We promise an excellent evening having been present at previously talks Martin has hosted.


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