Monthly Archives: May 2014

Barbel Tales

There are only 180 left of the hardback copies of Barbel Tales, buy now to avoid disappointment!


By |May 16th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Barbel Tales|

Twyford & District Open Day

8am till late. 28th June, 2014.

Want to fish 3 separate rivers from 1 car park?
Twyford & District Fishing Club are having an open day on the 28th June St Patricks stream, the Loddon and the Thames can be fished and walked around for free on one day only.

Keith Speer will be holding a trotting workshop.
Alan Stagg will be holding a barbel workshop.

River guides will be available to walk the banks with you.

Just turn up with your tackle, bait, unhooking mat, EA licence and a smile.
You might want to bring a little cash for a burger.
We will be accepting new members on the day, cash or cheque only.
No WiFi on the bank, another good reason to join us.

Check us out at Twyford & District Fishing Club

Nearest post code. RG10 9RY. Look for Loddon Drive and the road signs.
Off the A4 between Charvil and Twyford.

For further details please contact the club via the web site or
Dave Johnson at

By |May 14th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Twyford & District Open Day|

Anglers Mail – Barbel feature

The Angler’s Mail is running a piece today reporting on the Society’s research and conservation work. This will be combined with some reflections on the barbel show by John Bailey.

There is also more on the research and conservation work going live on the website.

By |May 13th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Anglers Mail – Barbel feature|

The Osprey Specimen Group Book

Simon King was the Osprey specimen Group Record Officer and had been compiling an book to mark the tenth birthday of Osprey, this had slowed down because as we now know Simon had Cancer.

Simon was my best angling friend and we spent a great deal of time fishing together, which every year turned into a hunt for that elusive 8lb Chub, so elusive it had evaded us for 10 years, Simon had come the closest with a chub of 7lbs 15ozs.
So the 2012/13 season rolled around again and we started fishing just below the Green Bridge on the relief channel in the Autumn, much the same as the previous years, if you remember it became one of the coldest winters for years, but on the 2nd of January 2013 Simon rang me to say he had done it at last and caught an 8lb 14ozs Chub, this is chronicled in the book.

By February he had another 8lb chub under his belt, but this was to be the last time he went fishing as he was diagnosed with cancer a short while later, which after a fierce battle he succumbed to 6 months later. I decided that the book must carry on and asked some of Simon and my friends to contribute to this book and with the help of Clive Bradley Osprey Secretary and Daryl Close Osprey Treasurer, has come to fruition and been produced by Calm Productions.

All the profits from this book will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of Simon King.

Kind regards

Bob Hornegold

By |May 7th, 2014|News|Comments Off on The Osprey Specimen Group Book|