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Barbel Show 2024 – 9th June

We are pleased to announce this years Barbel Show will be taking place on the 9th June at Notts County FC.

By |March 19th, 2024|News|Comments Off on Barbel Show 2024 – 9th June|

Remove the otter’s protected species status – Petition

The Eurasian otter (Lutra Lutra) is now firmly established in the river systems across the UK and appear to be in far greater numbers than anyone can recall.

We believe the protection afforded by a number of priority species lists and The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 should be removed as it is no longer appropriate, in order to protect and maintain a balanced riverine environment.

To sign the petition CLICK HERE

By |April 11th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Remove the otter’s protected species status – Petition|

Marsh Pratley – Obituary

On Tuesday November 24th Marsh Pratley lost his final battle , he was quite simply the bravest man you would ever meet – a special person indeed.

He was a Barbel Society Vice President and it is no exaggeration to say that we owe our very existence to him.

Marsh was instrumental in the Societies formation, back in the early nineties he was the General Secretary of the National Association of Specialist Anglers ( NASA) and his wealth of experience was invaluable as we put together our own blueprint.

But it was his friendship with that great angler Peter Stone which ensured the Barbel Society was going to work and be successful.
Without Marsh it’s doubtful that Peter would have been able to attend our inaugural meetings and Peter’s attendance was absolutely key.

Marsh went on become a complete icon in the carp world and his fund raising for his favourite charities is legendary.

We shouldn’t be surprised that Marsh achieved so much, he was a Royal Marine and they are tough guys. Anyone who followed Marsh on his Facebook page as he wrote his incredibly personal reports on how he was dealing with his illness would have realised this was a special man, a real hero.

Marsh became the owner of Orchid Lakes and developed them to become one of the countries premier carp fisheries, he has left a fine legacy.

We will miss him, the angling community has suffered a huge loss because guys like Marsh are rare indeed.

Read his book, ‘ The Road to Orchid Lakes’ and you will get an insight into the life of a true legend.

Rest in peace Marsh, it has been an honour to know you.

Our thoughts are with his family and so many friends.

On […]

By |November 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Marsh Pratley – Obituary|

Barbel Masters

The Barbel Society is pleased to announce in collaboration with the Angling Times the launch of a new competition that will reward Angling Times readers for their catches.

Called ‘Barbel Masters’, the competition will award the captor of what’s deemed to be the best fish landed each week with a year’s free membership to the Society. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of merit, rather than just sheer size of the fish, meaning barbel landed from tricky waters, or those that result from dedicated campaigns, are more likely to scoop the prize.


By |June 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Barbel Masters|

25th Anniversary Pin Badge

The Barbel Society 25th Anniversary pin badges are now available in our merchandise shop

They are priced at £4.49 which includes UK P&P

Click on the link below;
Merchandise Shop

By |June 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on 25th Anniversary Pin Badge|

2020 Barbel Show Postponement Notice

Clearly we have delayed for as long as possible in deciding on whether or not to continue with this year’s Barbel Show and AGM on Sunday 7th June. However, it is with regret that it is now clear the event cannot continue on the intended date as human health has to be foremost. It would be irresponsible of the Barbel Society not to now postpone the event, in the light of current government advice, until the autumn.

Therefore, and subject to the current health crisis being behind us, we have provisionally re-booked the event, at the same venue, for Sunday 25th October. We will of course keep you informed should events necessitate further change. Finally, we thank those that have booked advance tickets for their support and should you wish to cancel then please contact us.

Chris Jones,
Secretary, on behalf of the Barbel Society

By |March 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on 2020 Barbel Show Postponement Notice|

Yorkshire Ouse Fishin – 23rd November

Places Available

By |October 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Yorkshire Ouse Fishin – 23rd November|

River Nene Fishin – 5th October

This Fish-in is Now Full

By |August 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on River Nene Fishin – 5th October|

Lower Severn Fishin – 20th – 22nd September

This Fish-in is Now Full

By |July 18th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Lower Severn Fishin – 20th – 22nd September|

Upper River Trent Fishin – 7th – 8th September

This Fish-in is Now Full

By |July 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Upper River Trent Fishin – 7th – 8th September|