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.

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.


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.