The annual Barbel Show has come a long way since the first one took place back in 1996 when it was known as The Barbel Society Conference.

From Rushden to Hinckley and now at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth (2013) this Barbel Society event is now firmly established in the barbel fishing calendar.

Anyone who is anyone has given a presentation at the show, a real who’s who of the fishing world; John Wilson, Matt Hayes, John Bailey, Jeremy Wade, Fred J. Taylor, Peter Wheat are among those who have entertained the audiences over the years.

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There have been many memorable moments, who can ever forget them;

  • The passionate speech from the late great Peter Stone in support of the close season when it came under threat.
  • Matt Hayes questioning just where barbel fishing was heading.
  • The sight of Martin James in his full Isaac Walton atire.
  • Chris Yates talking about gudgeon and having a packed house hanging on his every word.
  • Des Taylor, the consummate fishing entertainer.
  • The auction of Peter Stone’s fishing tackle.
  • The launch of the Barbel Society book.
  • Fred J. Taylor, Peter Stone and Peter Wheat chatting together on stage and captured on CD for all time.
  • So many great times and many more to come for sure.

We are well supported by the tackle trade and each year sees new retailers in the halls tempting the barbel angler with a vast array of bait and tackle, so it’s a great place to stock up before the start of a new season.

The raffle is another big attraction with superb prizes on offer kindly donated by the many supporters of the Society and the show.

And then there is what for many is the highlight, the presentation of the Gordon Scott Award. Peter Wheat is a wonderful speaker and he has presented this award to the fortunate recipient for many years, it’s a moment not to be missed.
This show sets the standard, somewhere you can happily bring your wife, partner and children along to. You can even stay overnight to take in the Saturday as well because the venues are of high quality and cater for the discerning customer.

The Barbel Societies Barbel Show takes place during the close season and is open to all, make sure you keep the date free; we look forward to seeing you there.