Sunday 10th October – 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 – 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

Sunday 5th September 2021 –  River Series No.3 – River Severn, Holdfast

With the river Severn at Holdfast being lower than ever this season and a hot sunny day forecast, prospects for big catches looked poor for the second of Malvern Anglers river series match. While most anglers caught a few perch and skimmer bream early on, progress slowed in the second half of the match as the sunshine got more intense and boat traffic became hectic at times. Although the final results were substantially lower than the last match, there was a very close finish with Steve Wjust a few ounces between the places. Leading the field this time, Steve Williams caught a number of perch and skimmers in a downstream peg to finish with a winning weight of 5-0-0. In the next peg, Stuart Gardener had a similar net of fish to finish second with 4-11-0 while newcomer Ben Stokes was pleased with his third place weight of 4-4-0 from an upstream peg.


  1. Steve Williams 5-0-0
  2. Stuart Gardener 4-11-0
  3. Ben Strong 4-4-0
  4. Steve Thomas 4-1-0
  5. Mick Perks 3-13-0
  6. John Shaw 3-2-0

Sunday 22nd August 2021 –  Roy Bouston Shield – River Severn, Holdfast

After heavy rain the previous day, a fine morning greeted Malvern Anglers for their Roy Bouston match at Holdfast but, despite the earlier rain, the river Severn remained as low as it has been all season. However, at this stage in the season, overall catches showed substantial improvement from those earlier in the season, with double figure weights being recorded for the first time. Fishing a downstream peg,  Ian Goddard Ian Gused swimfeeder with maggots and worm baits to catch several nice sized skimmers and bream up about three pounds to make up the bulk of his winning weight of 22-8-0. In the middle of the section, Steve Davis also found some bream for his second place weight of 14-4-0 whilst in the end upstream peg, Frank Edwards fell just short of double figures with his third place weight of 9-5-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 22-8-0
  2. Steve Davis 14-4-0
  3. Frank Edwards 9-5-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 8-3-0
  5. Dave Green 7-4-0
  6. Stuart Gardener 6-5-0
  7. John Shaw 4-9-0
  8. Graham Rees 3-6-0
  9. Steve Williams 3-2-0
  10. Steve Thomas 2-7-0

Sunday 15th August 2021 –  River Series No.1 – River Severn, Holdfast

The first of the river series contests was fished at Holdfast on a cool, mainly cloudy day. Although such weather conditions were promising for fishing, the river level remained very low, as it has done all season. Nevertheless, most competitors found plenty of bites at the start of the contest, mainly from small skimmer bream, roach and perch but with the occasional better sized bream being found. However, Steve Davisthe fish seemed to suddenly stop feeding in the second half of the contest, not helped by the increased numbers of speeding boats. Although there were no big weights, the results of the contest were very close, with the first three positions being just a few ounces apart. Leading the way, Steve Davis included a good number of perch in his mixed bag of smaller fish to win with 7-14-0. Second place Steve Thomas was just four ounces behind with a similar mixed bag of fish while Chris Loveridge included some better sized bream in his third place weight of 7-3-0.


  1. Steve Davis 7-14-0
  2. Steve Thomas 7-10-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 7-3-0
  4. Ian Goddard 5-13-0
  5. Graham Rees 5-4-0
  6. John Shaw 5-4-0
  7. Stuart Gardener 4-14-0
  8. Pete Roberts 4-8-0
  9. Frank Edwards 3-11-0
  10. John Wagstaff 2-1-0

Sunday 31st July 2021 –  Ron Thomas Cup – River Severn, Holdfast

In contrast to the hot sunshine of the previous match at Holdfast, cooler weather with rain at the start greeted Malvern Anglers competing for the Ron Thomas Cup. As in previous matches, the river level remained very low and the bigger bream failed to show, with mainly perch and smaller fish making Dave Greenup most angler’s catches. However, fishing a peg just upstream of the car park, Dave Green managed to catch a few nice sized skimmer bream of about a pound each using swim feeder with double maggot bait to make up his winning weight of 8-14-0. A few nice sized skimmers also featured in Chris Loveridge’s and Steve Thomas’ second and third  place catches of  6-8-0 and 5-15-0 respectively.


  1. Dave Green 8-14-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 6-8-0
  3. Steve Thomas 5-15-0
  4. Ian Goddard 5-5-0
  5. Tony Miesner 3-15-0
  6. Steve Davis 3-14-0
  7. John Wagstaff 3-13-0
  8. John Bolton 3-8-0
  9. John Shaw 3-1-0
  10. Steve Williams 1-11-0

Sunday 18th July 2021 –  Dick Oakley Shield – River Severn, Holdfast

A boiling hot sunny day with very low water on the river Severn at Holdfast was the daunting prospect for the Malvern Anglers coming to fish for the Dick Oakley shield, where methods were limited to ledger only. Surprisingly, most anglers found plenty of bites from perch, roach and skimmers Ian Gat the start of the match but, inevitably, the bites soon died  later in the match as the temperature rose towards 30 degrees and the boat traffic increased. However, fishing a peg near the car park, Ian Goddard was able to include a few nice sized perch and skimmer bream in his winning weight of 6-12-0. Meanwhile, the competition was close for the other places with Frank Edward’s 3-9-0 just ahead of John Shaw’s 3-7-0 and Chris Loveridge’s 3-6-0. To everyone’s delight, Dick Oakley was brought by his son to see the end of the match and was able to congratulate the winner as well as enjoying some of his usual banter with other old members.


  1. Ian Goddard 6-12-0
  2. Frank Edwards 3-9-0
  3. John Shaw 3-7-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 3-6-0
  5. Chris Johnson 2-3-0
  6. John Wagstaff 2-3-0
  7. Martin Elston 1-10-0
  8. Steve Williams 0-10-0

Ian and Dick


Sunday 11th July 2021 –  River Series No.1 – River Avon, Nafford

The first of the river series matches was held on the Smiths river Avon stretch at Nafford. Although the weather conditions were reasonably good, the river level was very low and somewhat clear and this inevitably meant that fish were not very willing to feed as indeed most anglers struggled to catch other than occasional small fish. However, John Bolton was drawn on a good looking peg on the right angled bend of the river and he managed to tempt a large bream of exactly 5 pounds on ledgered worm and caster that, in addition to a number of smaller fish, boosted his winning weight to 8-1-0. Unfortunately, the rest of the John Boltonfield were not able to find any such bigger fish and the remaining weights were mainly made up of small perch and roach.


  1. John Bolton 8-1-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 2-14-0
  3. Ian Goddard 2-5-0
  4. Graham Rees 2-1-0
  5. Steve Davis 1-14-0
  6. Pete Roberts 1-10-0
  7. Dave Green 1-10-0
  8. Martin Elston 1-6-0
  9. Frank Edwards 0-10-0

Sunday 4th July 2021 –  John Perks Memorial Shield – Holdfast

After earlier heavy rain and a subsequently humid and showery day, Malvern Anglers fished their John Perks Memorial Shield match at Holdfast. Although good catches had been reported earlier in the week, the subsequent unsettled weather and very low river level may have been responsible for the low weights on this contest, as all anglers struggled to catch. It was predominantly small perch and occasional skimmer Pete Robertsbream that made up most of the weights, with the anticipated big bream still elusive. On this occasion, Pete Roberts did manage to catch a nice sized skimmer bream of over a pound which together with a few nice sized perch and a couple of small fish made up his winning weight of 3-8-0. Second place Paul Lane resorted to bleak tactics to add a few ounces to his earlier catch of some perch and a skimmer to finish second with 2-11-0, just ahead of John Wagstaff’s perch catch of 2-8-0.


  1. Pete Roberts 3-8-0
  2. Paul Lane 2-11-0
  3. John Wagstaff 2-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 2-2-0
  5. Tony Miessner 2-1-0
  6. Dave Green 1-12-0
  7. John Bolton 1-8-0
  8. John Shaw 1-7-0
  9. Stuart Gardener 1-6-0
  10. Chris Loveridge 0-7-0

Sunday 20th June 2021 –  Newtown Shield – Holdfast

After promising catches were reported by individuals who fished at the start of the river Severn season earlier in the week at Holdfast, much was expected for the Malvern Anglers opening match for the Newtown Shield. Although a cloudy sky and occasional light drizzle seemed to be a welcome change for fishing conditions from the sizzling hot, sunny weather the previous week, it was a cold day that John Wmay have caused the fish to lose their appetite as all anglers struggled for a few bites. Indeed, rather than the large bream that were expected, it was several nice sized perch that dominated the winning weight of just 5-2-0 that were caught by veteran angler John Wagstaff. Ian Goddard managed to tempt a couple of descent skimmer bream to make up the bulk of his second place weight of 4-5-0, while Chris Loveridge included a few smaller skimmer bream in his third place weight of 3-3-0.


  1. John Wagstaff 5-2-0
  2. Ian Goddard 4-5-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 3-3-0
  4. Pete Roberts 2-10-0
  5. Dave Green 2-6-0
  6. Paul Lane 2-3-0
  7. Steve Davis 1-8-0
  8. Mick Perks 1-1-0
  9. Graham Rees 0-10-0

Sunday 23rd May 2021 – Fitzwater Cup – Hartleton Pool, Upton Bishop

With a terrible weather forecast of heavy rain and wind for the match day, initial prospects for the Fitzwater cup match at Hartleton pool were pessimistic. Fortunately, the heavy rain was delayed until the end of the match, but a cutting wind made conditions somewhat difficult for this float only match limited to rod and line tackle. Nevertheless, catches turned out to be better than expected with good numbers of skimmer bream and a few bigger bream making up the bulk of the weights. Leading the way, Chris Loveridge switched between maggot and worm baits to finish with a nice net of such bream weighing 15-5-0, just ahead of second placeChris Ken Yates with a similar net of fish weighing 14-3-0. Best fish of the day were two bream of over 3 pounds featuring in Steve Williams catch of 12-8-0.


  1. Chris Loveridge 15-5-0
  2. Ken Yates 14-3-0
  3. Ian Goddard 13-11-0
  4. Steve Williams 12-8-0
  5. Graham Rees 9-11-0
  6. Martin Elston 8-1-0
  7. Mick Perks 4-7-0
  8. John Shaw 4-4-0
  9. Frank Edwards 0-13-0

Sunday 8th May 2021 – Spring League No.6 Broadacres Fishery, Hanbury

The final match of the foreshortened Spring League series was held on the Stock Pool at Broadacres fishery. Fortunately, the heavy rain of the previous day had cleared, leaving a fine but somewhat windy day for the match. Drawn on at peg at the far end of the pool, after trying pole tactics without much success, Ian Goddard switched to feeder tactics with maggot bait to find a number of carp near the pipes at the end of the pool to finish with a winning weight of 43-2-0. Conversely, in the next peg, John Shaw started with some success using feeder tactics up to the small island, but after catching a couple of carp, he eventually found more success using short pole tactics with bread bait near the inside edge to finish second with 28-12-0. Meanwhile, Frank Edwards stuck to his usual method feeder to catch several carp to finish third with a weight of 26-13-0. Consequently, after this series of three available matches, both Ian Goddard and Frank Edwards finished with 26 points each, so the net winner of the Spring League was decided on overall weight – giving Frank Edwards the advantage with a total weight of 118-15-0 compared to 109-13-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 43-2-0
  2. John Shaw 28-10-0
  3. Frank Edwards 26-13-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 25-10-0
  5. Ken Yates 24-9-0
  6. Graham Rees 21-9-0
  7. Mick Perks 16-14-0
  8. Steve Williams 7-13-0

Sunday 18th April 2021 – Spring League No.5 – Court Farm Fishery, Deblins Green, Malvern

After a cool frosty start, a fine sunny day welcomed Malvern Anglers for their Spring League match at Court Farm. Although fishing was patchy at the start, fish started to feed Dave Sin most places by the afternoon, in particular in the margins of the reedy pegs. Taking most benefit from these conditions were the three anglers in the reedy pegs in the far corner of the pool who were in a close finish for the top three places. In the middle of these three, Dave Stretton just nosed ahead of the others with a 76 pound winning weight of carp caught on pole fished worm and sweetcorn baits, just one or two fish ahead of second place Paul Lane and third place Frank Edwards.


  1. Dave Stretton 76-0-0
  2. Paul Lane 71-15-0
  3. Frank Edwards 67-10-0
  4. Ian Goddard 56-5-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 31-8-0
  6. Mick Perks 27-9-0
  7. John Wagstaff 19-14-0
  8. Graham Rees 19-6-0
  9. John Shaw 18-15-0
  10. Steve Williams 2-8-0

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Spring League No.4 – Hartleton Pool, Upton Bishop

After a long break since last year due to Covid restrictions, Malvern Anglers were able to resume their match programme at Hartleton pool. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were disappointing for fishing, after an overnight frost and a cold Northerly wind bringing snow showers between Frankperiods of more pleasant sunshine during the match. Nevertheless, some fish were caught and indeed the results were better than first feared. Drawn in the first peg nearest the dam wall, Frank Edwards used a method feeder with sweetcorn and pellet baits to tempt several nice sized bream up to 3 pounds each to finish with a winning weight of 24-8-0. Second place Ian Goddard frequently changed between feeder and pole methods with worm bait to catch a number of number of smaller bream and roach to finish with a respectable weight of 10-6-0. Meanwhile, Chris Loveridge nosed ahead of John Shaw and Mick Perks to finish third with 4-12-0.



  1. Frank Edwards 24-8-0
  2. Ian Goddard 10-6-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 4-14-0
  4. John Shaw 4-7-0
  5. Mick Perks 4-2-0
  6. Paul Lane 2-8-0
  7. Chris Johnson 2-0-0
  8. Martin Elston 1-12-0

Sunday 13th December 2020 – Fur and Feather – Willow Pool, Lower Broadheath Fishery

A few hardy members turned out on a persistently rainy day for their Fur&Feather match on the Willow pool at Broadheath fishery. Fortunately, the side of the pool pegged offered some shelter from a cutting wind. Ian Goddard got off to a good start in the first hour of the match by netting a ten pound carp caught on feeder fed maggots but, after catching no more carp, subsequently resorted to catching small roach on lighter pole tackle to make up his winning weight of 13-3-0. At the other end of the pool, Graham Rees also managed to catch a carp of over ten pounds using luncheon meat but, after continuing with such carp tactics for the rest of the match, was unable to add anything more to finish second with 10-10-0.  Chris Loveridge caught a couple of smaller carp on maggots to weight 9-10-0 for third place.


  1. Ian Goddard 13-3-0
  2. Graham Rees 10-10-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 9-10-0
  4. Frank Edwards 4-2-0
  5. John Shaw 3-10-0
  6. Mick Perks 3-8-0

Ian Goddard

















Sunday 25th October 2020 – Winter League No.1 – Astwood Fishery

The first of the Winter League series was held on Buddleia pool at Astwood fisheries, a change of venue from the originally planned Tarrington Pool that was closed due to Covid restrictions.  Unfortunately for the fishing prospects, the venue was very busy as the pool was shared with anglers from another club. With the weather conditions somewhat showery, the fishing indeed turned out to be very disappointing compared to matches held on the same venue in previous seasons as most anglers this time had to struggle to tempt a few of the smaller fish.



However, the match turned out to be a very close contest with the first two places being just an ounce apart. Paul Lane managed to catch all sorts of silver fish, including a few nice sized ide on pole fished maggot to finish with a weight of 5-9-0. In contrast, Frank Edwards was rewarded with his persistence to catch a single carp on method fed sweetcorn to make up the bulk of his second place weight of 5-8-0. The remaining weights were made up of a variety of silver fish caught on maggots.


  1. Paul Lane 5-9-0
  2. Frank Edwards 5-8-0
  3. Ian Goddard 4-2-0
  4. John Shaw 3-10-0
  5. Graham Rees 2-2-0
  6. Mick Perks 1-8-0
  7. Chris Loveridge 0-11-0
  8. John Wagstaff 0-2-0