DECEMBER NEWS ROUND – UP

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.

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 saf@oldcolonial.org.uk.

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

OCTOBER MATCH DIARY

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

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.

CAVEAT:

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.

MOUSECROFT REED CONTROL – POOL NOW OPEN

MOUSECROFT REED CONTROL – POOL NOW OPEN

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……

SPORTING SOME 25 PEGS AN IDEAL COMPETITION WATER FOR ANY INTERESTED PARTY………..INDEED GARY DODDS BAILIFF Has expressed interest in creating an SAF/SAMC Comp. give him a call………………….

https://youtu.be/ApYlTsIp13I

DAY OF ENFORCEMENT

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!

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MONKMOOR FISHERY

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.

NOTICE OF 1 DAY FISHERY CLOSURE

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.