A personal view by  Chairman of SAF/SAMC in relation to change in management

SAF/SAMC, for the last eleven years have evolved year on year. Displacing volunteer support, to contractor set annual work schedules for sure 15k investment annually. The main reason for this is changes in laws governing the use of machinery from strimmer upwards with regard to competency certificates and uninsured non certified user / volunteer.

Over and above the management and improvements that have taken place have without argument set a benchmark of “key value for money” to the Council by SAF/SAMC, via maximum re-investment of income.

Whoever or whatever the future management of the town waters, will we see a step backwards or forwards only time will tell. Certainly SAF will continue general business to Affiliated Clubs; it is the SAMC that will no longer exist as managers of the town waters. A variety of reasons, both internal and external exist in the decision of relinquishing the agreement on renewal.

SAF/SAMC has always been based upon volunteer committee services save for disbursement to Secretary and Treasurer, simply to cover costs of service. Otherwise all and any support given by committee has been solely to the benefit of SAF and SAMC, as volunteer.

Simple things come to mind, midnight or 6 am and the telephone call states “we followed another angler into Monkmoor with no key for the gate we are locked in”. Yes turn out for sure, you will be required to resolve this. So too the farmers call states “nine anglers night fishing Emstrey at 11pm with cars on field”. Pitch black, turn out you must and face the challenge. Evidenced, one E/A between them and not an ounce of respect. The air streaming with grass being smoked and the clank of beer cans. For sure, resolved however and home by 1 am.

So whoever or whatever, selling the permit is the tip of the iceberg. Criticised indeed we are by some, for this and that, never enough. Even as to why we did not spend 10k on a borehole at Mousecroft to maintain the water level. The answer was too simple; we had no lien on the fishery it belongs to Council. Would you spend 10k to improve an element you do not own, no, utter madness to do so? Yes funding options were available and amounted to 20% of the total. Mousecroft deemed to go the same way as that beautiful and bountiful pool behind the hall upstream on water table of Mousecroft, a dust bowl! Oh, for sure SAF/SAMC took the initiative, never forget that!

So I await sight of the “expression of interest” being released and the contents therein with vigour.

To all of those, doubters, critics of the management of town waters by long serving volunteers via SAF/SAMC. It is now time to put your hands up, take it on do a better job without taking a step back. Fail and you may find control passing to a distant management regime, with little interest in the local angler.

So to any and all annual permit holder of town waters. Yes in June the fisheries will change hands. NO IT WILL NOT EFFECT YOU! Agreements no matter what, will ensure the contingent that the permit purchased will stay in force until Decemeber 31st 2018
John Roberts

SAF gift GHOF again

Further to the SAF financial support previously given to Adrian and Karl of G.H.O.F. (Get Hooked on Fishing) Shrewsbury. Who summarily and quite rightly boast the achievement of no less than over 2000 juniors in Shropshire Schools passing through G.H.O.F. in 2016 alone. Achieving accreditation taster and academic qualifications to boot.

We, SAF take pleasure as a result of a Shropshire Star plea for old anglers to give up tackle for the benefit of juniors. Had reasonable success from Bishops Castle to Telford, we collected the “ill gotten gains”, some twenty rods and condensed into two fishing box/seats some 15 reels and loads of assorted floats, hooks, weights, etc. With rod bags full of assorted rods bags full of assorted rods.20171018_154056 20171018_154102

Shrewsbury Classic River Festival 2017

Welcome to the Shrewsbury Classic River Festival 2017. After a fantastic festival last year, this year’s festival will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 10th, 11th and 12th of October 2017. The festival will be run on the same format as last year. I have decided to increase the entry from 60 to 72 due to the high demand last year. The prize money will therefore increase alongside this (see competition rules). To make things easier on the day I want to collect the parking fees with the entry money. The parking fees will again allow you to park behind your pegs in the quarry and also in an area near the boat ramp in the county ground.

As you may have read in last year’s festival and open match reports the fish stocks have dramatically increased and produced record breaking results. I am hoping this will reflect strongly in the results this year.

I am pleased to say that Shrewsbury Council has helped a great deal by clearing some of the pegs that were in need of a lot of work to bring them back into the fold. Thank you for your help.

The Festival will be in Association with The Shropshire Anglers Federation and Total Angling. I have approached Tackle Companies again to support the event and all the companies I have asked, Matrix, Preston Innovations, Sonu Baits, Map, Garbolino, Shakespeare (Pure Fishing), Sensas, Daiwa , Drennan, Maver, Browning and Dinsmores,  have all fantastically agreed to do so. I would like to thank them now for their support. Without these companies we simply would not have some of the finest tackle available on the market today.

Full rules and the entry list confirming places will also be on Total Anglings web Site. Again, I have had a huge response and I has sold out very quickly. If the demand for places reaches more than 72 for this festival, It is intended to increase the entry further next year. There will be a reserve list in place should anyone drop out. Tickets are not transferable. we are really looking forward to another great festival.

Catch up on preparations on Facebook

Andy Jones…SAF/SAMC Committee member and Contest Organiser



On our output of the 14th August, I made mention of some good news to come within the month of August. Our intention to increase where possible the “value for money” for day and annual permit holders of SAF/SAMC. Intentionally being an ever evolving element of our intent.
All and any new fishery added to our water portfolio, currently “roughly” 8 miles of river bank and four pools, must have potential, ease of access and previously under fished. It is with great pleasure I am able tonight to confirm discussions have completed in additional water for SAF/SAMC day and annual permit holders.
Downstream of Sydney Avenue and adjoining, the water known as Albrighton Anglers Association is now included in your permit day or annual. Not fished legally for a long time now falls under the SAF /SAMC fishing permit, control, Bailiff and insurance. Course and Game are included, with the fishery holding many historical hotspots to boost your prospects.
What ancient pegs naturally available will need a bit of TLC? Certainly in the start of your campaign, carrying a thrashing stick would be well advised. It will take us a couple of years to rein her into what we expect of our pegs, I am sure though you will appreciate the new water more, over and above a bit of initial DIY.
It is hoped also during August to announce another two fisheries being added to our portfolio and we guarantee you will be the second to know over and above committee. Both with ease of access, under fished and offering a variety of sport, with little or no travelling.


Sorry for any convenience caused. Server error just blew us out of the water. Apologies yes we received them, did it help? No not one little bit!……….never mind history, as they say.

A lot going on behind the scenes though, if all goes to plan should be offering some interesting news before the end of the month. Old Barbie making headlines with many over the 11 lb making a show of themselves. Not forgetting and probably more importantly is the smaller variety six to nine inches (brilliant), so too chub, very much a mirror.

Bodes well for the competition season in October, will 2017 see that 74 lb record net be confined to history. Festival sold out within days of going live and many more contests being created.

Underlining the need and popularity of the DAY PERMIT.

I reported 12 days into the season our trusty “old steed” Gary Dodd had sold 150 day permit, an amazing start to any season.

300 Day Permit now have been sold by him since season start, 29 days! Not accounting for any other Bailiff sales in the same period, for sure another record breaker. Exceptional by any standard.

One angler, unbelievably travelling by train from High Wycomb for the day and catching the last night train home. Yesterday was his third visit this season. Thank you one and all for your support, makes the Federation management effort all worth while……



In simple terms the pool is suffering “Algal Bloom”, the immediate consequence is the loss of two good sized fish, so far. Tests for D-O “dissolved Oxygen” proved positive accounting to plus 129%, subsequently during the dark hours this will reverse into minus “Depleted Oxygen”.

Fish stocks will come under extreme pressure so soon after spawning, stress in the act of actually catching and playing any fish can only exacerbate the problem. Sadly committee have decided upon the action of closing the pool for up to four weeks. We will announce the all clear as soon as practicable, gate chains have been overlocked and signage will go up, however how long the signs actually last is anyone’s guess.

Spreading disease and the like:

On another matter of the importance of ensuring nets and kit are clean, in relation to the spreading of disease and like. Typically in our instance as an example at Mousecroft we have to the side of one peg a patch Himalayan Balsam sprouting, this will be removed immediately before any chance of seeding takes place. Quite possible an angler has come from river to pool and high probability of a damp landing net. Please try to keep your kit, in particular landing and keep nets hosed down and dried before changing rivers or going from river to pool and visa – versa.

Gary Dodd Assistant Head Bailiff “does it again”

Another record breaker!

12 days into the season and trusty “OLD DODDY” Assistant Head Bailiff Gary Dodd sells 150 Day Permit….”Not including other Bailiff Day Permit sales”…….

Annual Permit sales are up thanks to you, the angler, with many conversions from Day Permit to Annual, judging by the calls and e-mails of how to obtain.

Day Permit sales are through the roof, he managed a 1,000 Day Permit last year, will he have a PB this year, we wait to see. Not forgetting the idiots brought to book, with actions taken and pending.

Supporting all the way, “keep it up” Gary and many thanks………………………..



Is this food for thought!

The main reference point that the Environment Agency England & Wales has to evaluate Salmon fish stocks within the Severn catchment is your annual returns for Salmon caught. The simple lack of sending in your annual returns can configure, lack of catch relating to lack of Salmon stock.

I for one do not subscribe to present day levels as showing a deficiency. I say present day levels, I am not referring to the 1960’s, and the last fifteen years would be more akin to my thoughts. Catch ratios seem to be set on a good average each year. My gauge on this is based upon the Weir at Shrewsbury. In a broader aspect many fish are seen to rise on many of our waters and clearly hotspots, however unfished and in danger of giving a false impression. If the Weir for sake of argument produces 25 Salmon in the season and waters other than the Weir were fished is it plausible to imagine this figure could double. Thus the reported catch ratio would double and thus remove the Severn from “At Risk”.

That said, what is the ratio of E/A Salmon returns sent in pro-rata to licences issued? If we say 50% of Game licence holders fill in returns, again we see a false benchmark from which the E/A have to take account of.

My opinion is that all and any Club, Federation, Association, institution related to standard acknowledged Salmon waters should register with the E/A. Of these entities the Bailiff reports catches in his / her remit all and any catches to his committee Secretary and these figures be submitted annually to the E/A. Unlike the game angler reporting or not reporting his catch ratio. Club, Federation, Association, institution has an avid interest in investing such information for the benefit of itself, encouraging permit sales to the individual waters.

The spin-off would be a more accurate relationship of catch ratio pro-rata to catchment stock prospects. Thus maybe removing waters from an “At Risk” registration, net result is that less legislation or rule changes may be required. Catch up with our brothers in arms under Salmon TAB above………………………