Issue 179/80

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                            February/March 2015.

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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.

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The Fisher King

VAC vice-president Keith Speer has featured on this site a number of times over the years and his 'fame' in the media has brought him many jibes from his fishing buddies.

However, none would deny that Keith really is a King amongst men when one considers the results his all-round skills. His recent two-page spread in the Angling Times is not the first and he has featured a number of times on 'Tight Lines' on Sky Sports. Proficient as a float angler, Keith also is highly skilled in lure fishing, fly fishing and has won many a match in his time.

It's no surprise that the most popular 'teach-in' the VAC offers it's members is Keith's stick-float clinic and Keith regularly practices what he preaches with stunning results. Two years ago it was a 19lb barbel, this January this stunning 7.02 chub.

As with all the great fish we feature, this was caught on a VAC water. Whilst it's fair to say that, currently, you are not likely to break the carp or pike record from a VAC water one of our venues does hold the UK crucian carp record and your VAC ticket gives you access to waters that possibly hold record barbel, chub, dace, and gudgeon. Add that to 3lb+ roach, 5lb+ perch and 18lb+ bream and you can see why the VAC is still growing in membership (and adding new waters) when many others are shrinking.

For more news on VAC venues we now provide guest access to the fishery reports on our members-only forum.  

New memberships: Another great year of the VAC as membership numbers rush past the 2,150 number. If you're looking to join then you may wish to know that, as well as postal applications, you can sign-up at either Verulam Tackle Shop in St Albans or Colney Tackle in Hazeldine Rd, London Colney. For all the details please click the Subscriptions link above. Please be reminded that all able-bodied adult members are expected to undertake at least one work-party before the end of April and failure to do so attracts a work-party levy when renewing membership equal to the prevailing joining fee. This is to ensure that work-party obligations are not avoided by simply rejoining as a new member.


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Guest Tickets. Always a popular way to introduce your pals to the VAC. And now two bits of good news; during Winter months the price is reduced by 50% to just 3.50 per day and you can now also pick up tickets from Colney Tackle, London Colney. All guest 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.

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VAC Record List  

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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

Cover star Keith with a Marford 9lb'er

That's Chris Jones's hand holding a 3.01 perch from Bellow Mill, taken on the popular drop-shot method

and this is Chris Nichols holding a 2.09 perch from Felmersham

Andy Zneimer has had many good fish from VAC waters, this one is a 12.02 carp from Frogmore.

I bet the Marford barbel would rush to this shop in Sciliy.


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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