Barbel Fishing World (BFW) was established in 1996 by Andy Frances and was originally intended as a hobby. When the site first went live, bfw had just a handful of members who visited and posted on the message boards as well as contributing articles and details of their catches. Through the continued support of these visitors and many new members over the years, bfw has become established as the most popular barbel site on the web!

The site has evolved and expanded massively since then and in 2003 Claire (Andy's wife) took over the day-to-day management of the site and online shop as a full time concern. Claire is now on maternity leave so the reignes are back in Andy's hands.

Through its lifetime, BFW has been aided by a small team of devoted barbel anglers who volunteer their time freely to ensure the site remains one of the best on the internet (click here to meet the team).

Barbel Fishing World aims and objectives

At BFW we simply aim to provide the barbel angler with a complete barbel fishing resource, completely free of charge.

This includes a world of quality barbel fishing related information from barbel tackle reviews, barbel articles, barbel forums, up to the minute reports on your local rivers and a secure online shop stocked with everything you will need to go barbel fishing.

We are always looking at ways of improving BFW so if you would like to help or and have any suggestions, please get in touch.

Barbel Fishing World Ethos

The BFW ethos is simple. We want as many people to enjoy the beauty of barbel fishing as possible. We are non-political and therefore do not have policies or an official agenda. We allow freedom of speech on the BFW message boards and encourage variety of opinion. We do ask that you respect the work we do by contributing in a way that does not offend other visitors.


If you wish to contact BFW please use one of the following:


by telephone: 01249 783196

by post: Barbel Fishing World, c/o Yatton Keynell Stores, The Street, Yatton Keynell, nr Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7BA

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