Welcome to the Barbel Catchers Club website

The Barbel Catchers Club is a small specimen group, dedicated to the pursuit of barbel across the rivers of Great Britain.  To members the barbel is the prince of the river, a fish which demands respect and stealth to catch, yet at times with the right approach this majestic fish can give its self up with regularity.

As a powerfully built creature, the barbel is renowned for it's sporting qualities.  The fight can be a tense heart stopping affair yet members achieve just as much satisfaction from seeing these majestic fish swim off strongly when released to fight another day, as they do from catching them.

The club comprises of dedicated anglers who share their enjoyment of the sport through regular contact at Regional Meetings, an AGM and a National Fish-in. The Club also produces a quarterly magazine Barbus through which news and articles are conveyed. It is a condition of membership that everyone should contribute at least once a year.

Membership Applications

Proving they dont all have to be big to be beautiful...

The club, now in its 42nd year, has seen some of the country's most well known and respected specimen hunters as members through the years. The majority though simply enjoy the oportunity to share their passion of all things barbel away from all the limelight and public gaze that seems to follow current angling trends.

Above all members simply enjoy their fishing, enjoy and respect the river environment barbel thrive in and especially enjoy the friendship and good humour shared amoungst fellow members and regions.

While there are no formal limits on membership numbers the club keeps at a manageable size normally between 60 and 70 members which ensures it doesn't grow too big and risk the foundation of friendships up and down the country. For this reason some regions may have a waiting list in place for new membership applications. However some areas are actively seeking members, including the Wessex, Midlands and Chiltern Regions.

If you would like to be considered for membership get in touch via the Contact page and tell us a bit about your fishing and reasons for wishing to join the catchers.

Barbel Catchers in Print

Click image to read more...In 2004 the Barbel Catchers released their second print offering, 'Barbel Rivers and Captures'. Containing chapters written by BCC members with local river knowledge on virtually every British river that had produced barbel of 10lb and over at the time. Chapters also outlined how the Barbel Catchers records for the river were caught providing insights into problems overcome. For further information and details on purchasing the book see the Books page.

The "Barbel Catcher"

Click image to read more...The barbel catchers club are very proud to have been involved in the development of a top quality centrepin reel created by the respected reel builder Gary Mills. The club were frustrated by the lack of availability of a centrepin reel with the features required by the serious barbel angler. We were very pleased with the outcome that became the "Barbel Catcher" pin, designed by barbel anglers for barbel anglers. For further information see the Centrepin page.

"Barbus" Magazine

Click image to read more...Formal communications within the club alternate between the magazine 'Barbus' and  newsletter 'Pin and Pellet' published at two monthly intervals. Barbus is produced entirely from within the club by all members and sees a broad mix of articles varying from tales of captures, new ideas, humorous experiences to ones on barbel behaviour, their environment and the general enjoyment of barbel fishing. For further information see the Articles page.