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St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                            Last Update: October 2020

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New Eight Berth Caravan For Hire, White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall  

The caravan is sited on this 5 star award winning holiday complex which is also one of the top coarse angling centres in the country comprising 15 lakes.

 Open from March to November inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on

07966 394717

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COVID-19 Update

Having examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions)(England) (no4) Regulations. The Angling Trust have confirmed that fishing can continue but there are restrictions;

You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or one other individual. The ‘Rule of Six’ is now a ‘Rule of two’. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited during lockdown . However, competitive fishing will be allowed once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.
Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’ and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people to visit outdoor spaces for the purpose of open air recreation. The guidance on this section states that it is permissible to travel to spend time outdoors but long journeys should be avoided.

Normal guidance still applies and you should not leave home if you are unwell or have any Coronavirus symptoms and you certainly may not leave home if you are self-isolating or quarantining.

Fishery management will continue with fishery managers and bailiffs continuing to work as normal. Work parties may be arranged as they fall into the category of ‘voluntary work’ and this is permitted as long as appropriate provisions are put in place and social distancing is maintained.

Tackle shops have not been classified as ‘essential retailers’ but they will be permitted to open for ‘click & Collect’ sales. Terry at Verulam Angling has confirmed that he will be open from 10.00am until 2.00pm daily for the collection of orders placed. Bait will be available however any large bait orders need to be placed in advance before Wednesday lunchtime for the weekend following.

The Riverside Road Shop will not open during the lockdown unless by prior arrangement. If you would like to make a significant purchase of bait or any items of clothing contact the Secretary and he will make arrangement to meet you on site.

Please read and understand the guidance given. A fuller explanation of all the implications is available from the Angling Trust website. Please respect your fellow angler by behaving responsibly during this period of restriction. The Club encourages you to get out and utilise the venues but please assess your own risk before deciding to leave home. Maintain social distance but do not allow the benefits of fresh autumn air to be denied you. Get out , enjoy yourself but take care of you and your fellow Club members.


Half season membership now available!

Applications can be made now and tickets will be sent out in time for their start date of November 1st.


Successful River Itchin trip for Verulam members

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Harper lands her biggest Carp!

Young Harper enjoyed a recent trip to Riverside Road and landed this cracking Carp. Well done Harper!


Max getting stuck into a Leasey Bridge Barbel!

Here we have young Max playing a Barbel from Leasey Bridge.


A great Smallford Pike session!

Szabolcs Doma had a great evening session at Smallford spinning for Pike.

Szabolcs started spinning fishing at 18:00pm and after two hours of managed an incredible 7 Pike inlcuding this stunner pictured above!


Verulam and Spotted Fin Partnership!

The Club are very pleased to announce a partnership with Spotted Fin, a local bait Company based in Abbots Langley. The partnership will initially involve them sponsoring a number of events including the Club Championship and Evening League. They will also support the Club coaching set up. In addition all Verulam members will be able to get a 10% discount off of all purchases made through the Spotted Fin website.

In return they will use our fisheries, mainly Riverside Road but also others, to develop baits and film promotional videos. Some coaching days are being considered with their brand ambassadors who include Simon Wilsmore and Jamie Hughes. We are also looking at ways to further develop their brand of carp and specialist bait.

They will be present at this year’s Open day at Riverside Road on Saturday July 13th.

Come down and say hello!

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Fishery Updates

Unfortunately Troy Lake, Denham has suffered what's believed to be a total fish kill; a result of de-oxygenation from an algae bloom. The VAC GC are reviewing options for the future. Things have also been tough at Turnford with Railway Pit being closed due to low water levels. If we get good rainfall this autumn it will be reopened.

However, at our associated waters such as Alban lakes and Timberlands the fishing has improved considerably after difficulties in 2017. Later this year the club is aiming to circulate a web based survey to members to determine which waters are perhaps not used as much as we might think and, for example, where any current restrictions might be a factor.

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Work Parties

It is a requirement that all able-bodied senior members undertake at least one working party per year. This needs to be completed before end April 2019 to avoid a 40 levey on next season's membership fee.

Details of forthcoming work parties are circulated via eNews so members need to ensure that they are receiving these regularly. Before contacting the webmaster please check all spam/junk folders and ensure that we have your current email address recorded correctly. See below....


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Guest Tickets. Always a popular way to introduce your pals to the VAC. In addition tot the usual channels you can now also pick up tickets from Verulam Tackle - Hatfield Road, St Alban / The Tackle Shack - Adeyfield Square Hemel. All guests must be accompanied by a full member.


Remember, that unless your email address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To check and update your details see the Subscriptions page

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites

VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details. VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

Discount Baits

VAC members, on production of a valid membership card, get 5% discount on bait products from

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Your Contribution

A reminder that the Webmaster welcomes your contributions. Happy to receive your photos of  VAC venues, rainbows, kingfishers or unicorns. Doesn't have to be a fish


New pictures urgently needed !!

Here we have Jack Lawrence with a stunning 9lb Barbel caught from Marford Farm.


Verulam Angling Centre


VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777

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