'BARBUS' The Club Magazine

Formal communications within the club are by means of our magazine 'BARBUS' and a Newsletter which are published at two monthly intervals. 'BARBUS' is produced entirely from within the club and it is a condition of membership that all members contribute at least once per calendar year.

Articles vary from tales of captures, new ideas, humorous experiences, etc., to ones on barbel behaviour and the general enjoyment of barbel fishing. The selection offered here for public viewing offers a good example of what is required from each member. We hope you enjoy them.

John Costello - 2006

PURE CONJECTURE & IDLE SPEC..

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Sometimes I wonder if I spend too long analysing why I have had a good day, or equally, why a poor day in apparently ideal conditions. There are so many... Read More

Jon Wolfe - 2005

ADVANCED TACTICS ON THE AVON

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I have just got back from this years fish-in, held on the Hampshire Avon, the spiritual home of barbel angling. It really is a special place, and although the rivers’ low... Read More

Mark Cleaver - 2004

PELLET PHENOMENA

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How do they do it? Why do they do it? What pleasure do those little fishes derive from devouring something that resembles a brown piece of concrete? Maybe that’s... Read More

Stuart Watkins - 2006

WHAT CHANCE A SEVERN MONSTER

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It’s now almost a decade since Howard caught his former British record fish from the lower reaches of the Severn. I recently read an article by Steve Stayner in one... Read More

Roger Whincup - 2005

MR CYNICAL

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The inspiration for this article came mainly from the excellent article that appeared in Barbus 98 by Trevor King. Trevor went on to explain his theory, thinking and... Read More

Mick Wood - 2004

CONQUER AND DIVIDE

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In recent years I have written a couple of articles in the BCC club magazine ‘Barbus’ based upon my experiences whilst stalking barbel in Yorkshire ’s River Wharfe... Read More

Andy Humphries - 2006

MOON PHASE MADNESS

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There has been a lot of debate on fishing forums about whether you can rely on the phase of the moon to help predict good days to catch barbel or if it’s all a load of... Read More

Steve Withers - 2005

NAIL IT TO THE FLOOR

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We are fortunate in our area that the nature of the Hants Avon and Dorset Stour lend themselves to fish spotting and observation. Without doubt, being able to stalk...   Read More

Trevor King - 2004

CHICKEN SKIN LUNATIC

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Friday afternoon. Not been a good day. Only nine days of the season left. Bloody cold. No chance of it getting much warmer by all accounts either. Cycling into... Read More