During the winter of 1994, Mike Ball and
Steve Pope drew up the blueprint for what was to become the Barbel
Society. Letters were sent out to many prominent anglers and opinion
was tested at various meetings. The positive response and general
agreement that a new organisation was needed led to the meeting
at Upton upon Severn on 29th April 1995, where the founder
members listed below formed the Barbel Society. Peter Stone was
elected as the first President.
The barbel anglers involved in forming the Society recognised the
growth in the popularity of barbel angling and in the number of
rivers with a significant population of barbel. They also recognised
the formation of a new Society with an unrestricted membership might
generate wider interest in barbel fishing and intensify the pressures
on existing fisheries.
They concluded that these pressures will
intensify regardless in coming years and they should be recognised
and addressed now in a responsible manner, by the widest possible
cross section of active barbel anglers. Within two years the membership
had reached one thousand. Waters were quickly obtained on the Teme
and Severn, the regional structure was put in place and our mark
on the angling world had been made.
Political issues such as the stocking of barbel into stillwaters
and the proposed abolition of rivers close season have focused the
attention of all barbel anglers on matters that would impact on
their sport. The Barbel Society have been at the forefront of these
topics, fighting on behalf of its members.
The Barbel Society has come a long way in
just five years and is justifiably proud of its record and the respect
it is accorded throughout the angling world. With your help we look
forward to the future with great optimism.