Some weeks ago a Bailiff witnessed a lure angler on Oxon Pool cast over basking Carp. Foul hooked and landed the angler was very keen for a photo opportunity and asked the Bailiff to take the photo, obviously this was refused. Further discussions took place and the matter reported to committee, following correct procedure.

Initial reaction of committee was to ban lure fishing on pools with immediate effect, allowing time for the matter to be considered fully from many aspects and points of view. The outcome of this review is that the matter was surely a “one off” and Oxon has a very strong following both in lure and carp fishing. Based upon this constant support for the pool the ban has been lifted as from 1st May 2017. It goes without saying to all lure anglers, fish with the above in mind please stay away from basking / spawning carp areas.

Also Alfie Stevens who has worked Oxon with Neil Jackson as Bailiffs to the pool has retired, due to a change in work profile and availed time ability. We thank him for his time and effort spent with SAF as Bailiff and hope he enjoys continued sport on Oxon as a leisure angler. Gary Dodd Assistant Head Bailiff will up his game on the pool working closely with Neil Jackson, to ensure no lack of cover.



SAF inter club match scene, after a ten year lay-off and previously mentioned, a TAB on the website to keep up date with details and diary as it develops, SAF Affiliated Club Match Season is being re-created. Including over twenty club venues being made available on canal, pool and river, Affiliated Club teams are expecting a very interesting season ahead, supported by a vast array of sponsorship. Thanks to committee member Andy Jones SAF Match co-ordinator.

Sadly, due to one angler being observed “snecking” carp with a pike plug on the shallows at Oxon Pool, the decision has been taken to ban on all pools pike lure fishing, with only dead or live bait as being options for the future, with immediate effect.

Bailiff Gary Dodd, designated as Assistant Head Bailiff, has taken over responsibility for the SAF Bailiff group, enabling better communication within the group as to the infrastructure and new general duties being created. I am certain this will add value to ability and effectiveness to the core aims of the SAF with regard to Bailiff support in general.

February News

Hope you are all keeping up to date on our Facebook? Contest results 70 lb, very close to the historical record….Where does your permit money go………..Bailiff structure paying dividends against angling crime………..

QUARRY 29th / 30th

QUARRY 29th / 30th….Evidently we have the fish, we have 40 anglers on a “Media Publication Promo” based contest, we have “Old Jack Frost”, we have steady river levels, which to complete the scenario. So the scene is set with all required elements in place………Will the 50 year record of 74 lbs be scuppered?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of SAF Annual & Day Permit Holders.

We thank you for your continued support, in our ever evolving effort to make Shrewsbury a citadel of angling, Game, Coarse, Barbel and competitive angling alike.

Reinvestment being foremost, thanks to you over £15,000 being pumped back into the portfolio of waters for 2016, with many projects for 2017 and beyond yet to be completed.

Continued support of our Affiliated Clubs, with 2017 being the year to Affiliation Club Membership Increase for the ultimate of Club Insurance, across the county. Many thanks also to our unstinting and valuable supporters, Shropshire and Shrewsbury Councils.

Shrewsbury Severn “Quarry” goes ballistic

16-12-2016 contest of 45 anglers had a memorable day for sure. You would feel quite comfortable with 50 lbs in your net, not so on this fine day? 65 lbs takes the prize, yes 65 lbs! a massive congratulations to Hadrian Whittle on setting the new benchmark of 65 lb “truly awesome fishing
Best of all was the total catch for the day, a net busting by any standards 1250.00 lbs from 45 rods. These weights are coming in without any frost, previously known to bring the Quarry on song. Well done all who attended, a brilliant outcome, whatever will be next, a 100 lbs first place?


10-12-16 sat Contest result from Shrewsbury Quarry Fishery and what a match it turned out to be 1st Ian (speedy) Ward ABC baits 52-11-0 (42)2nd Clive Wynn (Deggies)52-8-0(55) 3rd Scott Geens (Preston Ino)47-15-0 (46) 4th Steve Maher (SM Floats) 46-13-0 (60) 5th Darren Frost (Tri Cast Weston) 46-9-0 (44).

The venue record was broken TWICE today , well done to Ian and Clive for a brilliant performance, a total weight of over 700 lbs of fish caught today by 29 anglers , brilliant fishing.


Well 2016 is nearly burned out, for some a good year and others  not so. Sport was varied, with summer river levels playing a big part. I believe from what I have heard, Barbel seemed very patchy,  Salmon difficult though some 40 odd fish were landed. Equally the Salmon run was a little beleaguered with water levels low and then big flushes clearing what fish that were holding below the Weir Pool, predominantly unseen by the many who spent hours watching from the railings.

Contractor based fishery servicing has worked well this year, in fact, all went to plan. The annual schedule of works raised in February was indeed fulfilled and will be repeated in 2017. The new peg bases on the Monkmoor Fishery have been well utilised and received, with many satisfying remarks being made. The intentions were to address both Coarse and Salmon anglers alike, with two of the four bases sat on salmon holdings, a dual benefit. For the 2017 season our attention is drawn to improvements to pegs on our illustrious “Sydney Avenue”. It is intended to replace four pegs bases with the “scaffold / stone basket”, steps will be improved with either timber or scaffold / stone ladders. Either way the new steps will be roughly 30 inches wide to enable varied river level fishing with a degree of comfort.

Following on with Contractor’s work schedule, we thank them for the works carried out on County Ground and Quarry Fisheries in September to accommodate the packed contest programme, managed by our committee member Andy Jones for the month of October. A resounding success by any standards. As we know October still holds silvers upstream a little of some Quarry pegs, thus weights were good but not exceptional. I say this based upon November contest returns show an increase that is dramatic by comparison. A direct example would be Saturday 3rd December, Ian Speedy Ward bagged 29 lbs and not even in the running, as 43 to 41 lbs took the top three places. Today, as I write, news comes in of the results of the 10th December contest with Ian Speedy Ward taking top prize with 53 lb, with many in the 50’s, a lot more in the 40’s. A fuller report will be on our Facebook, once full details are in. Some have said why not have the October diary in November?  The reasoning is that river levels in November can be a problem.

Investment is key to SAF/SAMC evolving and striding for the ultimate. To invest you need income, at the same time do all you can to induce new blood into the sport, as in juniors taking up angling. 2017 tariffs we feel will accommodate and address these issues and announced under the “permit” tab on this website. With regard to Junior angling, our level two angling coaches Alex Wakely had a very successful 2016 season, resulting in twelve out of some forty attendees winning through to “free” Junior SAF/SAMC Annual permits. Butlers Pool, the venue as always stumping up to the occasion, with an abundance of Sivers, carp and even chub!

Affiliated Club entities enjoy the ultimate in CLUB insurance through SAF/SAMC. Indeed, I have noticed some other club insurance cover claims made against them, However, do NOT cover DEFENCE COSTS, unbelievable! It is intended that any club that feels the cover they have may not be the best cover they could enjoy, simply make contact and we will attend your AGM with a short 15 minute presentation of SAF/SAMC insurance. At £1.65 per club member for the ultimate cover cannot be sneezed at. Joining the Affiliated Club programme is your option, no joining fee, just as stated. 2017 being the year to encourage more affiliates throughout Shropshire.

From SAF/SAMC may we wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.