Sunday 15th January 2023 – Winter League No.4 – Old Pool, The Jam Factory, Lower Broadheath


On a sunny but cold day, for the first match of the new year, Malvern Anglers resumed their Winter league series on the Old pool at Broadheath fisheries. The fishing results were somewhat one sided as the main weights were concentrated to the three adjacent pegs at the top end of the pool in the sunshine, while others struggled to catch, especially those pegged on the colder shady side of the pool. After starting using ledger tactics with little to show in the first hour, Mick Perks switched with more success to the pole with dead maggot bait to land a number of carp up to about ten pounds to finish with a winning weight of 36-8-0. In the nearby peg, Dwayne Martin used various methods and baits to also catch a number of carp to finish second with a weight of 28-11-0. Meanwhile, in between these two, Graham Rees used lighter pole tactics with maggot bait to land a number of smaller carp and silver fish to finish third with 17-2-0. Other weights were mainly made of an occasional carp or two.


  1. Mick Perks 36-8-0
  2. Dwayne Martin 28-11-0
  3. Graham Rees 17-2-0
  4. Ian Goddard 9-2-0
  5. Steve Warren 8-13-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 8-1-0
  7. Steve Peters 7-0-0
  8. John Shaw 3-10-0
  9. Dave Stretton 1-5-0

Sunday 11th December 2022 – Fur and Feather – River Severn, Holdfast

Altogether 11 anglers arrived at the car park to take part in the festive Fur and Feather event for which the weather was freezing with snow falling steadily. One potential fisherman (and perhaps the wisest amongst us) immediately saw the error of his ways and promptly returned home to bed.


The remaining 10 anglers were treated to bacon cobs lovingly prepared by chefs Chris and Ian. They had also set a small bonfire going before the draw took place to offer a warm retreat for any angler needing to thaw out during the 4 hour match.


The draw was arranged as a scramble allowing anglers to choose their own peg and the field was evenly spread throughout the stretch of river. Unfortunately, the fish didn’t share the same festive spirit as the fisherman and refused to feed. In the last hour of the match, former catwalk model Chris Loveridge who was fishing from peg No.7 saw the best action of the day. Chris had scaled down the business end of his tackle in order to try and tempt a small fish to nibble on his maggot bait. In the event, the bait was taken by a barbel which gave Chris the run-around before escaping by straightening out his size 20 hook. The rest of the field were naturally disappointed to hear of Chris’s plight.


A few fisherman could see the writing on the wall and packed up early, preferring to monitor the bonfire and to hunt around for logs to restock it. As no-one else had even a sniff of a bite, the lost fish meant that the weigh-in was carried out in record time without the weigh net getting damp or the scales getting remotely troubled.


Homemade mince pies laced with cannabis baked by John Shaw’s wife Annette were offered before the prize giving began. Post fishing entertainment was to be provided by Ian Goddard on the ukulele, however this didn’t materialise as Ian’s wife, fed up with Ian setting the neighbourhood dog off, had confiscated the offending instrument.


A modicum of entertainment was provided by John Shaw though. John managed to accidentally puncture a can of lager with a knife whilst attempting to open the package, which is a bit worrying as John boosts his pension by undertaking open heart surgery during the week. I’m pleased to report that no lager was wasted as Chris who watched the drama unfold reacted quickest to the emergency by grabbing the leaking can and devouring the contents before even a drop could hit the ground.


The prizes generously provided by various anglers were shared out via another draw and there was a consensus that the pools money managed by Steve Warren should be donated to charity.


The composer of this report admits that some parts are the consequence of an overactive imagination and an over indulgence of Annette’s delicious mince pies .


Happy Christmas!



What a handsome bunch!



Head chef Chris and sous chef Ian prepare bacon cobs 


Sunday 20th November 2022 – Winter League No.3 – Sycamore Pool, The Jam Factory, Lower Broadheath

Steve Thomas

The Sycamore pool at Broadheath fisheries was the venue for the third of Malvern Anglers winter league contests. On a cold day, some anglers on one side of the pool were warmed by the bright morning sunshine, while others were suffered the cold on the shady side of the pool. Enjoying an end peg in the sunshine, Steve Thomas used legered feeder with sweetcorn and worm baits to catch several carp up to about eight pounds to finish with a winning weight of 38-10-0. On the other side of the pool, Ian Goddard and Dave Stretton used various leger and pole methods with a variety of baits to catch carp and come close second and third with weights of 37-3-0 and 33-6-0 respectively.


  1. Steve Thomas 38-10-0
  2. Ian Goddard 37-3-0
  3. Dave Stretton 33-6-0
  4. Frank Edwards 26-3-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 21-14-0
  6. Steve Peters 20-2-0
  7. Graham Rees 18-7-0
  8. Mick Perks 9-9-0
  9. John Shaw 2-5-0

Sunday 6th November 2022 – Winter League No.2 – Court Farm, Deblin’s Green

Dave Stretten

On a day with some sunshine and heavy rain showers, the second of Malvern Angler’s Winter league contests took place at Court Farm pool. On the first cast, Dave Stretton caught a carp on pole fished sweetcorn and continued catching carp up to about six pounds at frequent intervals throughout the match to finish with a runaway weight of 148-6-0. On another side of the pool, Chris Loveridge used sweetcorn bait with method feeder tactics to catch nice sized carp to finish second with 70-8-0. Meanwhile, fishing in the next peg to the winner with similar pole tactics managed to catch a number of carp for his third place weight of 56-15-0.


  1. Dave Stretton 148-6-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 70-8-0
  3. Ian Goddard 56-14-0
  4. Ken Yates 53-15-0
  5. Frank Edwards 51-10-0
  6. Steve Thomas 43-12-0
  7. Jeff Ackrill 37-4-0
  8. Ben Strong 29-5-0
  9. Mick Perks 23-4-0
  10. Graham Rees 23-1-0

Sunday 30th October 2022 – Charity Match, Eastnor Castle Lake

This charity match held at the lake in the grounds of Eastnor Castle in support of the West Midland Air Ambulance was the 2nd of two matches independently organised by Steve Warren (who opted not to fish) at which several MUAA members were in attendance. There’s probably not a more picturesque setting in the country to go fishing. Not only that but in general, the fishing was good with lots of roach and rudd in particular finding their way into anglers’ nets.

In total, 20 anglers participated in this sold out event which started in traditional fashion with Steve Warren cooking up a hearty breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls! After the 9am draw, anglers set off to find their stalls of which pegs 1 to 7 were on a north facing bank and the remainder were in a westerly facing bank. It was unfortunate that the weather didn’t play ball with anglers having to fish in monsoon like conditions for a couple of hours during the match.  

The majority of the better weights came from pegs 1 to 7 with the overall match winner and MUAA veteran Steve Thomas weighing in 22lb 14oz from peg No.3. MUAA anglers Paul Weaving and Dwayne Martin also won prizes for winning their  sections with weights of 16lb 12oz and 16lb 0oz respectively.

Other MUAA winners were Clive Harman who won the prize for the best rudd which weighed 13oz and Dwayne Martin again with the best perch of 12oz.

Before the match took place, an online auction of donated fishing was arranged by Steve Warren which also raised a significant amount for this worthwhile charity. These items were distributed to the auction “winners” while dining on a pork casserole lovingly prepared by Steve. In total an astonishing £1,500 was raised over both matches for the WM Air Ambulance charity. So well done to all those that participated and who contributed either by donating cash, time, fund raising ideas and items for the auction and of course well done to those who offered generous auction bids. And congratulations Steve for organising the successful events and for raising such a magnificent amount of money for such a deserving cause.


Eastnor castle


Sunday 23rd October 2022 – Winter League No.1 – Bowbrook Farm, Drakes Broughton

Torrential rain greeted Malvern Anglers at Bowbrook farm pool, near Drakes Broughton, for their first Winter league match. Fortunately the rain cleared by the time fishing started and the weather turned fine and sunny for the rest of the day. Although fishing was patchy Ian Gand slow for most anglers, Ian Goddard used pole tactics with a variety of baits to catch a mixture of silver fish and carp up to about 3 pounds to finish first with a commendable weight of 21-13-0. After not having a bite for the first two hours, Frank Edwards persisted with method feeder tactics with flavoured pellet baits to eventually catch some carp for his second place weight of 14-15-0. Meanwhile, Graham Rees used similar pole tactics as Ian Goddard in the next peg for his third place weight of 11-11-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 21-13-0
  2. Frank Edwards 14-15-0
  3. Graham Rees 11-11-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 7-0-0
  5. Steven Peters 5-13-0
  6. Dwane Martin 2-8-0
  7. John Shaw 2-6-0
  8. Mick Perks 2-2-0

Sunday 16th October 2022 – Derek Evans Trophy – River Avon, Nafford

On a pleasant sunny day, Malvern anglers gathered at Nafford on the river Avon for their float-only match for the Derek Evans trophy. However, with lack of rain all summer, the river was in a very clear state with almost no flow – a bad sign for fishing prospects at this venue. Indeed many anglers struggled to catch anything other than an occasional small fish, especially on the upstream straight. Others on the downstream pegs performed somewhat better with small fish Dave Harrisbeing caught more regularly but overall weights were disappointing. On this occasion, veteran angler Dave Harris managed to nudge ahead by catching a number of small roach, skimmers and perch on pole fished maggot and worm to finish with a winning weight of 3-0-0. On the next peg downstream, Jeff Ackrill had a similar selection of fish to finish with a second place weight of 2-7-0. Meanwhile, on the last peg, third place Graham Rees was catching small fish on light pole tackle but then hooked into two large fish, probably barbel, that he was frustratingly unable to land.  


  1. Dave Harris 3-0-0
  2. Jeff Ackrill 2-7-0
  3. Graham Rees 1-15-0
  4. Mick Perks 1-12-0
  5. John Bolton 1-11-0
  6. Frank Edwards 1-7-0
  7. John Shaw 0-5-0
  8. Paul Weaving 0-4-0
  9. Steve Davies 0-1-0
  10. Ian Goddard 0-8-0

Sunday 9th October 2022 – River Series No.6 – River Severn, Holdfast

Following dismal results the previous week, Malvern Anglers gathered once again for another river series match at Holdfast, but this time the results could not have been more different. After some rain earlier in the week, the water level in the river Severn had risen a few inches resulting in more flow and a touch of colour that was sufficient to make the shoals of big bream feed in many pegs. Drawing a favoured upstream peg, John Bolton used a heavy groundbait feeder with maggots to catch several big bream up to six pounds which, together with some smaller skimmers and a remarkable specimen roach of almost two pounds, made up his winning weight of 69-8-0: this equalling John Boltonthe official match record for this water. In a nearby peg, Chris Loveridge used similar tactics to also catch a number of big bream, but not quite as many as the winner, to finish with an impressive second places weight of 52-6-0. At the other downstream end of the stretch, bream were also showing to enable Dave Green to weigh in another impressive third place weight of 29-10-0. However, the biggest bream of the day and the biggest bream ever recorded in the history of Malvern Anglers was a specimen of 9-2-0 caught by Paul Weaving – this was especially impressive as it was caught on a single maggot on a small hook with very light line.


  1. John Bolton 69-8-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 52-6-0
  3. Dave Green 29-14-0
  4. Tony Miessner 23-4-0
  5. Paul Weaving 22-0-0
  6. Steve Williams 15-1-0
  7. Mick Perks 11-10-0
  8. Steve Davis 11-3-0
  9. Ian Goddard 10-6-0
  10. Dennis Flanagan 8-9-0
  11. John Shaw 4-8-0
  12. Jeff Ackrill 3-11-0

This match was the final in the river series. After a series of very evenly fought matches both John Bolton and Paul Weaving ended up with 29 points. However, John takes the trophy as he caught a greater weight of fish overall. 

The picture below showing two specimen bream caught during the match with Dennis Flanagan on the left and Paul Weaving on the right with his fish of 9lb 2oz.


Paul Weaving



Sunday 2nd October 2022 – River Series No.5 – River Severn, Holdfast

A fine clear day greeted the 14 anglers who attended the 5th in the river series of matches at Holdfast. The shortage of summer rains was evident with the river being low and clear. This resulted in most anglers having to endure a tough match with very few or consistent bites. Ultimately, 8 anglers did not weigh in after the final whistle. The winner was Steve Peters who was fishing from Peg No.7 who worked hard using a feeder fished in the middle of the river with maggot and worm baits to snaffle a num,ber of perch to weigh in a creditable 3lb 6oz. In 2nd spot was Chris Loveridge who, using similar tactics weighed in 1lb 3oz. In 3rd was Paul Weaving who managed to haul in a couple of perch for 6oz in weight.


  1. Steve Peters 3-6-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 1-3-0
  3. Paul Weaving 0-6-0
  4. Mick Perks 0-5-0
  5. Ian Goddard 0-1-0
  6. Steve Warren 0-0-8

Sunday 25th September 2022 – Richard Webster Memorial Cup – River Severn, Red Roof Farm

Malvern Anglers travelled to the middle reaches of the river Severn at Red Roof farm for their Richard Webster memorial match – a picturesque venue that Richard liked to fish. Unfortunately, with the lack of rain this summer, the river was in a very low and clear condition Mickwhich, added to a cold overnight temperature and Northerly wind, did not bode well for good fishing as indeed most anglers struggled for bites. However, despite this, in form Mick Perks continued his winning run by catching a couple of dozen small chub of about 2 to 6 ounces each using a groundbait feeder with casters and maggots bait cast near the far bank of his downstream peg. Just a few ounces behind, Steve Warren used heavy float tactics with maggots  to fish the middle of the river and catch a number of chunky perch to finish with 4-6-0 while third place John Shaw also used float tactics to catch a number of small chub, roach and perch in his weight of 2-15-0. Best fish of the day was a perch of 1-15-0 caught by Ben Strong.


  1. Mick Perks 4-14-0
  2. Steve Warren 4-6-0
  3. John Shaw 2-15-0
  4. Steve Davies 2-7-0
  5. Ben Strong 2-3-0
  6. Steve Thomas 1-2-0
  7. Chris Loveridge 0-11-0
  8. John Bolton 0-4-0

Sunday 18st September 2022 – River Series No.4 – River Severn, Holdfast

The third of the River series of matches returned to Holdfast where the river Severn remained in extremely low and clear water conditions. Added to this, a sudden drop in overnight Micktemperatures with a cold Northerly wind in the preceding days did not bode well for fishing and indeed the results turned out to be far the lowest of the season as most anglers struggled for a bite with several failing to catch anything. Unlike in previous matches, there were no bream responding in any pegs to the usual groundbait feeder tactics. Having found this out after the first hour fishing the middle of the river, Mick Perks reverted to fishing the inside with worm bait where he caught 28 small perch lying near the end of a bush to finish with a winning weight of 3-14-0. Some way behind in second place, Steve Warren found three chub of about 8oz and a couple of small perch to finish with a weight of 1-12-0, while Steve Davies eventually reverted to bleak catching to finish third with 1-5-0.


1. Mick Perks 3-14-0
2. Steve Warren 1-12-0
3. Steve Davies 1-5-0
4. John Bolton 1-2-0
5. Dwayne Martin 0-11-0
6. Stuart Gardiner 0-7-0
7. Paul Weaving 0-3-0
8. Chris Loveridge 0-2-0
9. Graham Rees 0-1-0


Sunday 21st August 2022 – Roy Bouston Shield – River Severn, Holdfast

The Roy Bouston memorial match on the river Severn at Holdfast attracted the largest turnout of Malvern Anglers of the season. Although the continuing low river level and bright sunshine on the day suggested hard fishing conditions, in fact catches were much better than feared, especially as an encouraging numbers of skimmer bream were caught as well as some nice perch. Leading the way in one of the favoured upstream pegs, Paul Weaving used maggot feeder to net about a dozen skimmer bream up to a pound and a half which, together with some smaller perch, made up his winning weight of 19-10-0. Meanwhile, on the last downstream peg, Ian Goddard used similar tactics to catch similar fish in his second place net of 15-5-0 but was annoyed to have lost a barbel of about five pounds when it managed to get snagged in a bush close to being netted. Third place Steve Davis included a bream of about three pounds in his net of 11-14-0, while fourth place PaulJohn Shaw also enjoyed catching a several skimmer bream in his net of 10-9-0.

The group picture shows the first four place winners and the two section winners.


  1. Paul Weaving 19-10-0
  2. Ian Goddard 15-5-0
  3. Steve Davies 11-14-0
  4. John Shaw 10-9-0
  5. Steve Warren 6-9-0
  6. Dwayne Martin 6-0-0
  7. Graham Rees 4-14-0
  8. Frank Edwards 4-5-0
  9. John Bolton 3-15-0
  10. Chris Loveridge 3-4-0

Section Winners

Top section – Steve Warren

Bottom section – Graham Rees


Roy Bouston group


Sunday 7th August 2022 – River Series No.2 – River Avon, Nafford

On a sizzling hot day, with temperatures in the mid 30’s, Malvern Anglers held their second river series match on the river Avon at Nafford. In addition to such hot sunny weather, with clear water and not much flow, prospects of catching were pessimistic and indeed weights were low but perhaps a little better than feared. Pegged in a favoured downstream peg on the bend Chrisof the river, Ian Goddard managed to catch a few skimmer bream and other smaller fish on float fished maggot bait to finish with a winning weight of 7-3-0. In the next peg, newcomer Jeff Ackrill was very pleased to come second in his first-ever match with a net of 5-9-0, some way ahead of third place Dave Harris in the next peg with a weight of 3-9-0. Weights were lower on pegs further upstream although the best fish of the day were caught there with a perch of over a pound caught by Chris Loveridge and a large eel of about two pounds caught by John Bolton.


  1. Ian Goddard 7-3-0
  2. Jeff Ackrill 5-9-0
  3. Dave Harris 3-9-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 3-3-0
  5. Ben Strong 2-6-0
  6. John Bolton 2-3-0
  7. Steve Warren 2-0-0
  8. Martin Elston 1-14-0
  9. Steve Davis 1-14-0
  10. John Shaw 1-5-0

Sunday 7th August 2022 – Ron Thomas Shield – Holdfast

On another sunny morning, the Ron Thomas Shield contest at Holdfast saw another good turn out of Malvern anglers. With the very low river level and bright sky, the prospects of catching seemed somewhat pessimistic at the draw but, in fact, the results were much better than feared with plenty of fish being caught in many places along the stretch. However, once again, most of the bigger bream were caught on the upstream pegs with scatterings of smaller skimmers and Mickplenty of perch elsewhere. Leading the way this time from the start, Mick Perks caught some nice sized bream up to about four pounds on maggot feeder which together with smaller skimmers and perch made up his winning weight of 16-9-0. A couple of pegs below, Steve Davies caught more but smaller bream to come a close second with 15-13-0. Meanwhile, in the downstream pegs, there was a close contest for third place with Ian Goddard’s weight of 8-1-0 being just an ounce in front of Steve Warren with both anglers having nets made up of mainly of perch and smaller bream.


  1. Mick Perks 16-9-0
  2. Steve Davies 15-13-0
  3. Ian Goddard 8-1-0
  4. Steve Warren 8-0-0
  5. Dave Green 7-14-0
  6. Steve Williams 7-2-0
  7. Frank Edwards 7-0-0
  8. Paul Weaving 5-11-0
  9. John Shaw 3-14-0
  10. Stuart Gardiner 2-7-0

Sunday 31st July 2022 – Points Match – Top Barn Fishery

A warm but cloudy morning with a moderate southerly wind greeted the 8 anglers who booked in for this Championship Points match at Top Barn Fishery just north of Hallow. Conditions looked ideal for fishing although the expected carp did not appear in great numbers. In a close fought contest between the the eventual top two anglers, it was the bream that made the difference.  Steve Warren was forced to fish near some snags but this tactic resulted in lost fish and meant Frankthat he could not quite keep up with eventual winner Frank Edwards. Frank caught steadily using the method feeder technique using mostly sweetcorn as hook bait over a bed of 2mm pellets to catch a total of 32lb 3oz made up mostly of bream around the 3lb mark. Steve Warren ended up second place with 29lb 2oz of fish using both pole and leger techniques to assemble his catch. In third came Dwayne Martin with 15lb 4oz who drew a corner peg with a number of nearby snags resulting in several lost fish.


  1. Frank Edwards 32-3-0
  2. Steve Warren 29-2-0
  3. Dwayne Martin 15-4-0
  4. Graham Rees 11-1-0
  5. Ian Goddard 8-14-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 2-1-0
  7. Mick Perks 2-0-0
  8. Dave Stretton DNW

Sunday 24th July 2022 – Dick Oakley Shield – River Severn Holdfast

A warm but cloudy morning with a moderate Southerly wind greeted a good turnout of Malvern Anglers for their Dick Oakley shield match on the river Severn at Holdfast. Dick was a well loved member of the club who sadly died a few months ago and the shield in his memory was fished using the method that Dick favoured – leger only. As in all the previous matches on the Severn this season, the river level was extremely low but this time some of the bigger bream started to show in a few pegs. Indeed, the bulk of the bream shoal appeared to be in the topmost peg Steve Daviswhere Steve Davies started to catch several bream from the start, including some over five pounds, using maggot feeder to record the winning weight of 32-7-0 that was by far the best of the season so far. Not so many bream seemed to venture further down stream where second place Ian Goddard managed to catch a couple together with some smaller fish to finish second with 9-6-0 while John Bolton also managed to catch a couple for the third place weight of 7-11-0. At the end of the match, Dick Oakley’s daughter, Sue Yapp, came to witness the weigh in and congratulate the winner.


1. Steve Davies 32-7-0
2. Ian Goddard 9-6-0
3. John Bolton 7-11-0
4. Paul Weaving 5-13-0
5. Chris Loveridge 5-0-0
6. Steve Warren 4-9-0
7. Mick Perks 4-0-0
7. Dave Green 4-0-0
9. Frank Edwards 3-15-0
10. Graham Rees 3-14-0

Sunday 9nd July 2022 – River Series No.1  – River Severn Holdfast

A scorching hot day with bright sunshine together with very low, clear water in the river Severn at Holdfast did not bode well for catching fish in the first of Malvern Anglers river series match. Indeed, all anglers struggled to catch other than a few perch and bleak. After catching a some perch on maggot feeder, eventual winner Paul Weaver resorted to catching bleak on light float tackle to boost up his weight to 4-8-0. In the next peg, John Shaw used legered worm bait to catch several perch and small chub to finish second with 3-11-0. Perch also featured in Steve Warren’s the third place weight of 2-11-0.


1. Paul Weaver 4-8-0
2. John Shaw 3-11-0
3. Steve Warren 2-11-0
4. John Bolton 2-10-0
4. Steve Thomas 2-10-0
6. Dwane Martin 1-12-0
6. Ben Strong 1-12-0
8. Ian Goddard 1-9-0
9. Mick Perks 1-4-0
10. Graham Rees 1-2-0


John Shaw

Paul Weaver


Sunday 2nd July 2022 – John Perks Trophy  – River Severn Holdfast

Although a pleasant morning with some cloud cover Ian Gseemed to be ideal for fishing the John Perks trophy match on the river Severn at Holdfast, unfortunately the lack of rain in recent weeks resulted in very low and clear water conditions that made fish reluctant to feed. Indeed, Ian Goddard resorted again to catching bleak to make up the bulk of his winning weight of 5-6-0. Remarkably, this meagre weight was more than twice as much as the nearest rival with Paul Weaver coming second with 2-9-0 of mainly perch. Similarly, joint third place was shared by Mick Perks and John Wagstaff with nets of mainly perch weighing 1-15-0.   

1. Ian Goddard 5-6-0
2. Paul Weaver 2-9-0
3. Mick Perks 2-2-0
3. John Wagstaff 2-2-0
5. Roger Madders 1-15-0
5. Dave Green 1-15-0
7. Frank Edwards 1-5-0
8. Stuart Gardiner 1-0-0
9. Chris Loveridge 0-8-0
10. John Shaw 0-2-0


Sunday 26th June 2022 – Fitzwater Cup  – Whitehall Pool, Rushwick

The earlier postponed Fitzwater trophy match was re-arranged to be held at the picturesque Whitehall pool. Although the weather was mild, a very strong wind Lee Hmade conditions somewhat challenging for this float with rod and line contest. Nevertheless, there were plenty of mainly small fish caught in some pegs. Lee Harman used light tackle with maggot bait to accumulate a large number of small roach, rudd, perch and some better sized skimmer bream for his winning weight of 17-12-0. In the pegs either side, Ian Goddard and Chis Loveridge used similar tactics to finish second and third with weights of 12-6-0. 


1. Lee Harman 17-12-0
2. Ian Goddard 12-6-0
3. Chris Loveridge 9-3-0
4. Paul Weaver 8-8-0
5. Ken Yates 2-14-0
6. John Shaw 1-12-0
7. Mick Perks 0-9-0


Sunday 19th June 2022 – Newtown Shield  – River Severn, Holdfast

The start of the river season at Holdfast attracted a good turnout of Malvern Anglers for their Newtown Shield match in much colder and cloudy conditions than the scorching hot week before. A brisk Northerly wind also made fishing conditions difficult in some pegs as the bigger fish were somewhat reluctant to bite anywhere. Making the most of being drawn at the topmost peg of the stretch with some shelter from the wind, newcomer Paul Weaver tempted several nice Paulsized skimmer bream on maggot feeder tactics, which together with some other smaller perch and roach made up his winning weight of 9-14-0. In the bottom half of the stretch, Steve Davies used similar tactics to catch a number of skimmer bream to make up the second place weight of 7-15-0. Meanwhile, having failed to get any bites at the start with the feeder, Ian Goddard concentrated on catching smaller fish on light float tactics for the rest of the match to enable him to finish third with a weight of 5-7-9.


  1. Paul Weaving 9-14-0
  2. Steve Davies 7-15-0
  3. Ian Goddard 5-7-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 5-5-0
  5. Frank Edwards 3-14-0
  6. Dave Green 2-15-0
  7. Lee Harman 1-12-0
  8. Ben Strong 1-3-0
  9. Graham Rees 1-3-0
  10. Steve Warren 0-15-0

Sunday 8th May 2022 – Spring League No.6 – Whitehall Pool, Rushwick

Another pleasant morning greeted Malvern Anglers to their final Spring League match at the new venue of Whitehall pool near Rushwick. On one side of the pool, Steve Thomas used light pole whip tackle with maggot and caster bait to catch two or three nice sized bream amongst many other smaller fish for his weight of 11-0-0. However, this was not quite enough to prevent Ian Goddard on the other side of the pool from winning with a net of 11-14-0 composed of various silver fish but boosted by a carp of over two pounds that he caught on pole fished maggots at the start of the match. In the next peg, Frank Edwards persisted with leger tactics that were eventually rewarded with a single bream of over 5 pounds that took third place with a net of 5-10-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 11-14-0
  2. Steve Thomas 11-0-0
  3. Frank Edwards 5-10-0
  4. John Shaw 5-7-0
  5. Mick Perks 1-3-0

Steve Thomas

Ian G


Sunday 24th April 2022 – Spring League No.5 – Grebe Pool, Top Barn Fishery.

Another bright, sunny day but with a keen North Easterly wind welcomed Malvern Anglers to the Grebe pool of Top Barn fishery for their fifth Spring league match. Unlike on previous matches at this venue, big carp did not feature significantly in the weights but rather Ian Ga few nice bream and silver fish were caught. In the more sheltered end of the pool, Ian Goddard managed to catch a couple of bream over two pounds and a smaller one on pole fished maggot which, together with some smaller fish made up his winning weight of 10-6-0. In contrast, Chris Loveridge caught a tench of over two pounds and a carp of over five pounds on legered sweetcorn to feature in his second place weight of 9-2-0. Although Graham Rees started off well by catching a bream of about three pounds on pole fished maggot in the first few minutes, he had to wait until near the end of the match to catch another bream to add to a number of smaller silver fish for his third place weight of 8-10-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 10-6-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 9-2-0
  3. Graham Rees 8-10-0
  4. John Shaw 6-15-0
  5. Ken Yates 3-8-0
  6. Frank Edwards 2-15-0
  7. Mick Perks 0-1-0

Sunday 10th April 2022 – Spring League No.4 – The Stock Pond, Court Farm Fishery, Malvern.

Another bright, frosty morning greeted Malvern Anglers at Court Farm to their fourth Spring League match. However, unlike the previous two matches at with frosty starts, the fish in the new pool at this venue were almost completely put off by these conditions as some anglers failed to get a bite or just had the occasional fish. Nevertheless, in form Ian Goddard got off to a flying start by catching several small carp on pole fished maggot at the start of the match before his peg went dead but still ended up with a winning weight of 8-9-0. At the other end of the pool, John Shaw was starting to pack up when he was surprised to get a bite on his last cast of legered sweetcorn and landed a carp of over four pounds in the last second of the match that was enough for second place, just ahead of Dave Stretton who managed to find three small carp for a third place of 3-15-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 8-9-0
  2. John Shaw 4-5-0
  3. Dave Stretton 3-15-0
  4. Ken Yates 3-7-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 1-12-0
  6. Mick Perks 1-3-0

Sunday 3rd April 2022 – Spring League No.3 – Hartleton Pool, Upton Bishop. 

A frosty morning with bright sunshine greeted Malvern Ian GAnglers for their third Spring League match at Hartleton pool. Although these conditions often signify poor catches, in fact the fishing was much better than feared as there were plenty of fish of all types caught throughout the match. One again, leading the way, was Ian Goddard who switched from swimfeeder tactics to pole with maggot bait to catch several nice sized bream as well as many smaller skimmers and roach to make up his winning weight to 23-4-0. In contrast, Ken Yates persisted with swimfeeder and maggot bait to catch a slightly smaller weight of fish for his second place weight of 18-12-0. Meanwhile, having persisted with swimfeeder for the first part of the match with little success, third place John Shaw switched to a short pole to catch a variety of fish close in for a weight of 17-4-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 23-4-0
  2. Ken Yates 18-12-0
  3. John Shaw 17-4-0
  4. John Bolton 12-13-0
  5. Frank Edwards 11-4-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 9-13-0
  7. Steve Thomas 8-3-0
  8. Steve Williams 7-4-0
  9. Steve Davis 5-5-0
  10. Mick Perks 2-15-0

Sunday 27th March 2022 – Spring League No.2 – Bill’s Pool, Broadacres Fishery. 

After a cool start, a day of pleasantly mild weather welcomed Ian GMalvern Anglers for their second Spring league match on Bill’s pool at Broadacres fisheries. All anglers enjoyed bites from the start with plenty of silver fish being caught for a change, together with some small carp, that led to very close match results. Indeed, Ian Goddard’s winning weight of 19-6-0 consisted mainly of many skimmer bream and roach with a few small carp caught on a variety of methods and baits. Close behind, Ken Yates switched later in the match to swim feeder with maggot bait to catch some slightly bigger carp to make up his second place weight to 18-12-0. Meanwhile, Chris Loveridge used conventional rod and waggler float tactics to finish third with 16-7-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 19-6-0
  2. Ken Yates 18-12-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 16-7-0
  4. John Shaw 16-1-0
  5. Steve Williams 13-8-0
  6. Mick Perks 5-13-0

Sunday 20th March 2022 – Spring League No.1 – Hawthorn Lake, Bowbrook Farm, Drake’s Broughton

After an overnight frost, bright sunshine greeted Malvern Anglers for their first Spring league match on the new venue of Hawthorne pool near Drakes  Broughton. However, a keen Easterly wind made conditions somewhat cold for most anglers out of the Ken Yatessunshine and was blamed for the disappointingly poor catches from this picturesque venue. Indeed, only occasional fish were caught and some failed to catch or have any bites. The winning weights were decided by individual carp with Ken Yates having a single carp of 7-4-0 caught on legered pellet to win just ahead of Steve Williams with a single carp of 6-14-0 caught on legered maggots. Pegged between these two, Mick Perks was lucky enough to catch two smaller carp for his third place weight of 4-9-0.


1. Ken Yates 7-6-0
2. Steve Williams 6-14-0
3. Mick Perks 4-9-0
4. Ian Goddard 3-13-0
5. (tied) Ben Strong 2-4-0
5. (tied) Frank Edwards 2-4-0
7. John Shaw 0-1-0


Sunday 27th February 2022 – Winter League No.6 – Willow Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

In contrast to the wet and windy weather of the previous match, bright sunshine after a early morning frost greeted Malvern Anglers for their final Winter league match on the Willow pool at Broadheath fisheries. While anglers on one side of the pool enjoyed basking in the sunshine, others on the opposite shady side of the pool were somewhat cold, especially as a chill wind was blowing along the pool. Given the conditions, the larger fish were somewhat reluctant to Ian Gfeed although some small roach provided anglers with some consolation. However, taking advantage of being drawn in a corner peg, Ian Goddard managed to tempt a carp of about six pounds on pole fished maggot which, together with a couple of smaller carp and some silver fish, made up his winning weight of 17-5-0. On the opposite side of the pool, near the end of the match, Mick Perks had two nice sized carp in quick succession to make up his second place weight of 11-6-0. Meanwhile, Ben Strong had a number of smaller carp in his third place weight of 8-7-0. Consequently, after taking the best four results from the series of five matches, Ian Goddard was the overall winner of the Winter League with 36 points, just ahead of Ben Strong with 34 points.


  1. Ian Goddard 17-5-0
  2. Mick Perks 11-6-0
  3. Ben Strong 8-7-0
  4. Steve Thomas 7-4-0
  5. Graham Rees 6-7-0
  6. Frank Edwards 5-4-0
  7. John Shaw 3-8-0
  8. Steve Williams 2-7-0

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Winter League No.5 – Ash Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

Persistent rain and a strong wind made conditions unpleasant for Malvern Anglers penultimate Winter league match on the Ash pool of Broadheath fisheries. However, the worst of the conditions were avoided by pegging just the one side of the pool that offered some Benrespite from the wind. Although the temperature was not very cold, the fishing was somewhat patchy as most anglers struggled for a few fish except in two pegs at one end of the pool where the bigger carp were caught. In the end peg, Ben Strong used pole fished maggots to catch five good sized carp which, along with some smaller bream and roach, produced a winning weight of 30-0-0. In the next peg, using similar tactics, Dave Stretton had two big carp that with some bream and small roach made up his second place weight of 24-0-0. Some way behind, in third place, Ian Goddard had a couple of smaller carp and some silver fish in his weight of 8-1–0.


  1. Ben Strong 30-0-0
  2. Dave Stretton 24-0-0
  3. Ian Goddard 8-10-0
  4. Mick Perks 6-9-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 5-5-0
  6. Frank Edwards 3-1-0
  7. Steve Williams 2-8-0
  8. John Shaw 0-7-0

Sunday 30th January 2022 – Knock-Up Match, River Severn, Holdfast

A new match record of 119lb 2 oz was taken by Steve Davis on peg 6 at the knock up match at Holdfast. Steve set up with swim feeder and maggot on the tip catching bream and skimmers throughout. We’ll done to Steve. Steve Williams took second spot with 32lb 3oz (still a good weight for the river), other angers caught only a few odd fish as they seemed to be tightly shoaled.

Steve Davis


Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Winter League No.4 – Old Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

The old pool at Broadheath fisheries was the venue for Malvern Anglers first match of the new year and a continuation of their Winter league series. Fortunately, although it was a cold day, there had been no overnight frost and this allowed the ice that had formed on the pool earlier in the week to melt. Although prospects for fish feeding in such conditions were not optimistic, the weights were surprising good in a few parts of the pool but very poor in other parts as several Iananglers failed to catch or had only a single fish. Right from the start and steadily throughout the match, Ian Goddard caught good sized carp using pole tactics with sweetcorn bait to finish as the runaway winner with a weight of 56-3-0. On the opposite side of the pool, using pole fished maggots, Graham Rees had a few carp including one over ten pounds to finish second with a weight of 26-5-0. Meanwhile, in a peg next to the winner, Dave Stretton failed to catch with the pole but resorted to swimfeeder with maggot to catch just two carp for his third place weight of 16-5-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 56-3-0
  2. Graham Rees 26-5-0
  3. Dave Stretton 16-5-0
  4. Mick Perks 12-5-0
  5. John Shaw 8-7-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 1-3-0
  7. Steve Williams 0-9-0

Sunday 12th December 2021 – Fur & Feather – Willow Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

An exceptionally mild day greeted Malvern Anglers for their annual Fur & Feather match on the Willow pool of Broadheath fisheries. However, the fish were somewhat slower to respond than hoped, as the water temperature remained cold after a frosty week. Nevertheless, there were a some carp caught to make up the bulk of the weights, including some big ones. Leading the way, Ian Goddard used a mixture of baits with pole and ledger methods to catch six carp up to about eight pounds to finish with a winning weight of 32-8-0. Second place Ben Strong waited patiently with legered bread to catch just two carp weighing 23-10-0 with one of them being over fifteen pounds. Meanwhile, Steve Thomas used pole fished maggots to catch a mixture of smaller carp and silver fish to finish third with a weight of 13-13-0, just a few ounces ahead of Mick Perks.


  1. Ian Goddard 32-8-0
  2. Ben Strong 23-10-0
  3. Steve Thomas 13-13-0
  4. Mick Perks 13-5-0
  5. Steve Williams 8-2-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 7-8-0
  7. Frank Edwards 7-7-0
  8. Graham Rees 4-10-0
  9. John Shaw 0-10-0

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Ian Xmas


Sunday 28th November 2021 – Winter League No.3 – Sycamore Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

Following a severe storm with snow the previous day,  it was a relief to have a clear and calm morning for Malvern Anglers third Winter league match on Sycamore pool at Broadheath. However, the overnight frost was not a good prospect for the fishing and indeed all anglers found bites few and far between. In spite of this, Frank Edwards got off to a flying start by immediately catching a carp of about five pounds on sweet corn, soon followed by another smaller carp but then nothing more for the rest of the match. Nevertheless, these two carp were enough to easily win Frankthe match for Frank with a total weight of 7-11-0. Chris Loveridge had a carp of about 3 pounds and some small silver fish to make up his second place weight of 3-12-0 although he was frustrated to have lost a much bigger carp that would have been enough for him to win. Meanwhile, other weights were made up of the occasional small carp, skimmer bream and small roach.


  1. Frank Edwards 7-11-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 3-12-0
  3. Mick Perks 1-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 1-4-0
  5. Ben Strong 1-2-0
  6. Steve Williams 1-1-0
  7. Graham Rees 0-4-0
  8. John Shaw 0-2-0

Sunday 14th November 2021 – Winter League No.2 – Court Farm Fishery, Deblin’s Green

A cool, calm and bright morning greeted Malvern Anglers at Court Farm pool for the first of their Winter series matches. Although fishing may have been considered a little below par for this previously prolific venue,  there were plenty of fish caught in various places all around the pool that made for a good contest. Fishing the Benpool for the first time, Ben Strong made the most of a favoured corner peg draw and caught carp steadily throughout the match on ledgered “wafter” pellets to win with a weight of 57-10-0. In the middle of one side of the pool, Chris Loveridge found ledgered sweet corn was the most successful bait to catch carp for his second place weight of 49-0-0. Meanwhile, in the first peg from the car park, Ian Goddard used pole fished pellets for his third place weight of 41-5-0.


  1. Ben Strong 57-10-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 49-9-0
  3. Ian Goddard 41-5-0
  4. John Wagstaff 33-4-0
  5. Ken Yates 30-8-0
  6. Frank Edwards 29-8-0
  7. Mick Perks 24-8-0
  8. Steve Thomas 18-8-0
  9. Graham Rees 15-8-0
  10. John Shaw 12-1-0

Sunday 7th November 2021 – “Knock-Up” match – River Severn, Holdfast

Eleven anglers participated in the knock-up match which was organised following the postponement of the previous match in the match calendar. The river Severn at Holdfast was running high and after a couple of hours into the match rose even higher as a consequence of the tidal change. Despite the difficult conditions the river fished well and it certainly didn’t upset the fishing too much for John Bolton who set up his stall at the lower end of the the MUAA water at Peg No.1 and steadily caught bream throughout the match to finish with 46lb 3oz. In second place was Chris Loveridge fishing from Peg No.3 who ended the match with 21lb 11oz and which included a specimen bream of 8lb 8oz. In 3rd was Dave Green with 16lb 5oz who was also fishing the lower end of the water on Peg No.4. He finished just ahead of Steve Williams who was the top performer on the higher stretch of the water weighing in 15lb 2oz.


Sunday 10th October 2021 – River Series No.6 – River Severn, Holdfast

With the river running down after extra water the previous week and a weather forecast of a fine day, there was optimism for good catches with hopes of the better sized bream showing after being absent from catches in all previous matches on the river Severn at Holdfast when the river level was very low this season. Indeed, this optimism was well founded, as weights from this last contest in Malvern Anglers river series were by far the best of the season. Once again, topping the weights was in-form Ian Goddard, who was drawn on a favoured downstream peg and managed to catch several bream up to about four pounds on swim-feeder with caster bait to finish with a winning weight of 27-1-0. At the other end of the stretch, rival Chris Loveridge also had some nice bream, including one of about 5 pounds caught on maggot and worm to make up his second place weight of 23-7-0. Ian GMeanwhile, in a peg in the middle of the stretch, young Ben Strong included a couple of bream of over four pounds with some other smaller bream to finish third with 18-8-0. Remarkably, after the five matches in the river series, both Ian Goddard and Chris Loveridge finished on exactly the same number of points, so the tie was decided on total weight for the series which Ian won by a substantial margin.  


  1. Ian Goddard 27-1-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 23-7-0
  3. Ben Strong 18-8-0
  4. Mick Perks 13-12-0
  5. Steve Thomas 7-15-0
  6. Steve Williams 4-12-0
  7. John Shaw 3-11-0
  8. John Wagstaff 3-0-0
  9. John Bolton 2-5-0
  10. Frank Edwards 1-7-0

Sunday 3rd October 2021 – River Series No.5 – River Severn, Holdfast

The River Severn was around 1m higher than usual levels, coloured and flowing fast after the recent rain when ten anglers prepared to fish the 5th match in the MUAA river series which took place at Holdfast. While the open end feeder fished using a quiver tip to detect bites was the preferred technique for most anglers, heavier gear was needed to hold bottom compared to previous weeks. Ian Goddard drew peg 18 at the upper end of the MUAA water and fished a Ian Ggroundbait feeder with a maggot and caster combination on the hook to tempt several bream to weigh in 14-10-0 after the final whistle. In 2nd place fishing from peg 13 was Chris Loveridge who used similar tactics to land 11-7-0 of bream. In 3rd place was Mick Perks fishing from peg 3 on the lower end of the stretch who weighed in 5-10-0 of fish.


1. Ian Goddard: 14-10-0
2. Chris Loveridge: 11-7-0
3. Mick Perks: 5-10-0
4. Ben Strong: 4-10-0
5. Dave Green: 1-9-0
6. Graham Rees: 0-14-0
7. Steve Williams: 0-8-0
8. John Bolton: 0-5-0
9. Frank Edwards: 0-4-0


Sunday 26th September 2021 –  Richard Webster Memorial – River Severn, Red Roof Farm.

A pleasantly warm and sunny day greeted Malvern Anglers for their Richard Webster memorial match at Red Roof farm on the middle reaches of the river Severn below Stourport. Richard, who sadly died almost two years ago, loved to fish at this picturesque venue. Dave GreenHowever, after a summer with almost no substantial rain, the river Severn was in a very low and clear condition that meant prospects for big catches were pessimistic and indeed all anglers struggled to catch a few smaller fish, with no sign of the a bigger barbel, chub or bream. Having missed the last match to get married, Dave Green came back to fish this match with renewed vigour to catch about thirty small perch, roach and gudgeon on float fished maggot to finish with a winning weight of just 1-10-0. In contrast, Mick Perks fished the far bank with maggot feeder to catch a few small chub to make up his second place weight of 1-8-0, although he rued missing his keepnet with a chub that would have been more than big enough for his catch to overtake the winners weight. Meanwhile, third place Ian Goddard caught a mixture of various smaller fish on float fished maggot to finish third with 1-6-0. 


  1. Dave Green 1-10-0
  2. Mick Perks 1-8-0
  3. Ian Goddard 1-6-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 1-0-0
  5. Graham Rees 0-13-0
  6. Steve Williams 0-11-0
  7. Frank Edwards 0-9-0
  8. Steve Thomas 0-8-0
  9. Ben Strong 0-7-0
  10. John Shaw 0-5-0

Sunday 19th September 2021 –  River Series No.4 – River Severn, Holdfast

With still no significant rain over recent weeks, the river Severn at Holdfast was in a desperately low and clear state for the fourth of Malvern anglers river series match. Although prospects for big weights of large bream did not bode well,  useful numbers of the smaller skimmer bream were caught all Steve Walong the stretch. During his first season with the club, Steve Williams has now learnt to master conditions of the river by scoring another win with a nice net of 8-8-0 of skimmer bream caught on swim-feeder with maggots bait. Similar fish featured in other weights that were very close for other places, with Frank Edward’s 7-9-0 just beating young Ben Strong by an ounce for second place.


  1. Steve Williams 8-8-0
  2. Frank Edwards 7-9-0
  3. Ben Strong 7-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 7-6-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 6-2-0
  6. Graham Rees 4-10-0
  7. John Bolton 4-0-0
  8. Stewart Gardiner 3-15-0
  9. John Wagstaff 3-12-0
  10. John Shaw 1-0-0

Sunday 12th September 2021 –  Derek Evans Cup – River Avon, Birlingham

Although the weather was pleasantly warm for the Derek Evans float-only match at Birlingham, the river Avon there was in desperate need of much rain, as there was no colour and practically no flow. Consequently, prospects for this match were somewhat pessimistic and indeed catches were low as all anglers struggled to catch anything other than a few small perch, roach and occasional small skimmer bream. However, this resulted in a very close match, with only an ounce between the first three places. Fishing a peg in the middle of the stretch, John Shaw managed to catch several small perch, roach and skimmer bream on worm bait to finish with a John Shawwinning weight of 2-5-0. In the next peg, John Bolton had a similar net of fish but weighed in an ounce less but regretted missing his keepnet with two small fish that may have more than made up the difference. Meanwhile, in an upstream peg, Paul Lane had the same weight of small fish to claim joint second place. The biggest fish of the day was a perch of about a pound that was included in Martin Elston’s fourth place weight of 2-1-0


  1. John Shaw 2-5-0
  2. John Bolton 2-4-0
  3. Paul Lane 2-4-0
  4. Martin Elston 2-1-0
  5. Ian Goddard 1-7-0
  6. Steve Williams 1-4-0
  7. Mick Perks 1-1-0
  8. Chris Loveridge 0-13-0
  9. Graham Rees 0-12-0
  10. Steve Davis 0-12-0