Shrewsbury Quarry Competition Season

In an attempt to promote the October 2016 competition season, SAF/SAMC embarked upon a drone video of the Quarry and County Ground.

This drone video created in the first two weeks of October contests and also none competitive days “weather permitting”. Purely gives a flavour/ example/pictorial of the efforts of the SAF/SAMC.

Hopefully, demonstrating and attempting a constant evolving effort. Offering over 90 fishing pegs, for any and all angling club to utilise, putting Shrewsbury back onto the national angling map.

Full certificates for flying, permissions and insurance, were in hand, and no animals harmed during the making of this film. Full Copyright is held and must not be shared or repeated without express permission.

Speakers on and relax for ten minutes, swing over to our Facebook and have a look!.

None E/A licence holder:

Additional penalties are being, introduced and imposed on the “none” Environment Agency licence holder by SAF, on SAF waters.

If found in possession of rod and line, “line in the water” and unable to prove and show your E/A licence this will create a problem.

Firstly, we have the standard SAF practice of the police being asked to attend, ascertain your details and process the alleged offence. Prosecution by the police or section 9 statements completed, forwarded to E/A Warrington Enforcement Office, for prosecution by the E/A, will follow.

Secondly, the above then raises the question of the Fisheries Act 2003 for “theft of fishing permission.” Distinctly, unrelated! Being unlicensed, you are unable to obtain an SAF day or annual permit thus committing a second offence.

This offence can be attended to in one of two ways. Circumstance dependant can be handled either by prosecution for “theft”, as per “theft of fishing of fishing permission” or by way of an £80 Fixed Penalty Fine, issued on the spot. This latter option however still going on record with the E/A, thus a repeat offender will eventually pay the full price.

September Round UP

Year of the Olympics, in mind!
September looks like we are going for GOLD (Barbel). October contest season could we see SILVER? “Barbel City on the Severn”, forget the tales, photos make the “story board”. Only you the angler will enhance this monthly output!

September see’s the start a monthly picture portfolio. Some go fishing, and some go catching! Irrespective of make or model, send your photo’s by text to 07813544881, better still via “WHATSAPP” photo’s are free or to

OCTOBER CONTEST SEASON is CRAMMED!…To save clutter use the Facebook link to expand.


Many thanks must go to Andy Jones Total Angling for his tireless efforts in organising the 2016 match calendar. A packed October in the Quarry and County Ground is on the card.

* The Festival is the 11th, 12th and 13th with the Wheatsheaf pub being the HQ.
* The Angling Trust RIverfest is on Sunday the 23rd with the Wheatsheaf pub being the HQ.
* The England home international is on the 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th. Practice is the first two days and the matches are the second two days. The draws will be at Total Angling and after the matches at the Wheatsheaf Pub.

Parking: With the exception of the open matches’, competitors will be able to park within the Quarry itself. All vehicle movements will be restricted to 4mph, hazard lights on and parking only on the tarmac roadway.


Signal Crayfish Trapping

A pilot scheme on SAF / SAMC Shrewsbury Town Waters has been agreed, for the purpose of setting Crayfish Traps on a 300-yard section of the river. The traps will be monitored and managed by an E/A Crayfish Licence holder and SAF / SAMC permit holder with 25 years’ experience of Town Waters.

Upon request, Environment Agency has issued a Signal Crayfish Trapping Licence for this purpose. All traps in use will carry an Environment Agency Tag and trap number. Acceptance of the E/A Licence issue, SAF / SAMC having agreed to these Licenced traps.


Handling of these tagged traps will be on the same classification By-Laws as that of Salmon Fishing. In that, only the Licenced holder can handle / set / remove said traps. Any none Signal Crayfish Trapping licenced individual found in the activity of interfering with / handling /removing of said traps, or other. Will be classed as a, (none E/A Game Licence holder). Thus will be treated as to the illegal processing of / handling of / or the removal of a “Salmon”. All relative penalties, enforcement and criminal procedures will be prosecuted.



Phase one of the Reed control completed today 16th July as intended; the fine weather helped the process and much appreciated. The work concluded as phase one as intended, in that 21 pegs now have a 10-foot wide avenue from which to fish. Especially, from the Reed line to peg base all silt has been removed giving maximum depth for netting.

Phase two will be next year, to reduce the Reed line to bank aspect, giving probably a 45-degree angle from the peg onto the pool in either direction. Good reason exists for this two-phase approach to this work.

Permissions given had been based upon Council and Environment Agency acceptance. In the latter, a primary was that by-product did not leave the site, more importantly, the by-product should, in fact, stay connected to the existing reed bed in some way. To achieve this, we elected to backfill into the Reed beds left untouched of all by-product, unsightly today, recovered in two weeks, more than likely.

To have cleared to our target position in one attempt would have created mountains of by-product and recovery visually, would have taken much longer. Although any volunteer help, over and above contracted works are a benefit. As soon as we announced the work some individual has attempted to remove some Reed and tuber from a peg, in doing so, decided to dump the by-product outside the entrance gate on the verge to the right of the gate

Thus this now involves the need to handball dumped waste back onto the site and into a back-fill position at pools edge. For the sake of asking, has induced extra work, to stay in permissions given and even an E.U. Framework Directive. Please ask, before attempting D-I-Y on any of SAF/SAMC waters.

Saving clutter…….Photos on Facebook……



Shropshire Anglers’ Federation joint enterprise with the Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Team, blitz the fisheries Saturday 9th July. Amazing how many have gone into the book, for intended prosecution. Two teams went out; team one with SAF Bailiff Gary Dodd. One thing being caught without a licence, then again being caught without entitlement to fishing permission, just as serious!




Creation of four new pegs is now complete. Two of the four certainly put the salmon angler historically on the spot. Hopefully, encouraging a greater mixed use of this fishery.

The final design was based on an original idea of timber topped scaffold piers out into the river. Environment Agency and many anglers alike gave a degree of concern over this prospect. The design evolved in two stages, a platform, also a fishing ladder. To this end, an open morning was held to view a two-thirds size model of the intended end design.

The result from the morning meeting entailed endorsing suggestions by interested and attending anglers, as to the addition of various amendments. The end product we now see as being functional, adjustable and limited in the need for constant upkeep. It was decided on these particular four units to use for the fishing ladder timber and stone, instead of scaffold and stone. Viewed as being a favourable option due height and fall constraints.

Sadly, it has been noted that some previous images of this work in progress have been utilised on other media, editorial being altered to paint a less than truthful picture. Hence the old saying, “do not believe everything that is written.” We hope that those anglers that fish from these new combinations do so with a safe ease of use, comfort and success.


Mousecroft Pool will be closed to the angler from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday 16th July. Including, access of the general public in the area of the poolside path.

Oxon Pool benefitted greatly from the efforts of our two Bailiffs Alfie Stevens and Neal Jackson. As in the removal by hand of reed and reed tuber from peg frontages, by hand indeed the only option on this particular water. They have done a terrific job and many thanks to them.

Mousecroft Pool is suffering the same reed problem and in previous years, reeds have been pulled only to be replaced within the same season. We have contracted a machine and driver to remove reed and reed tuber from in front and to the sides of nineteen pegs in total. The assumption is it may take three maybe four years before the tuber growth will again crowd some of the pegs.

However for insurance and indeed common-sense, full site regulations will be applied on the day in relation to work-wear, hats, and boots, the working area being taped off. All interested parties have been notified, in relation to the project as in E/A, Council, etc.


As part of the 2016 scheduled works, contracted out, we see encouraging signs of progress at Monkmoor. Two of four peg refurbishments under construction. Adjustable scaffold / stone peg bases and timber fishable steps in these two instances, each peg being individual in need with regard to access.
Peg bases are five-foot square and sport two stands for rod rests. Indeed whilst concentrating on fixing the second base, before attempting the steps to both, local angler Rob Jones decided to give the first one a run in. 25 square feet of floor plan made for an ideal, in comfort. Seemingly it passed muster, even without the stone topping.
Downstream bush is being coppiced and downstream side being removed, thus affording a previously unfished hole to be utilised. Photos show two individual pegs……TO SAVE CLUTTER – PICS ON FACEBOOK LINK – WORK IN PROGRESS