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………………………




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………..