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fisheries are located in Colney Street between
St.Albans and Radlett in the shadows of the once
highly regarded and well known Handley Page
aerodrome. This aerodrome was known for its
manufacture and test flights of the Victor
Bomber and Jetstream aircraft until its demise
in the mid sixties when the site became an
industrial park and more recently site of the
controversial Helioslough freight terminal
fisheries have been looked after by the Verulam
AC since the late fifties following some
exploratory works by Redlands to extract gravel
from the site which resulted in a series of
lagoons. These lagoons were stocked with fish
and for many years provided some challenging
sport for our members.
In the early
nineties around the time of the M25 construction
the fisheries suffered quite badly with water
retention which lead the club to refurbish two
of the fisheries that we have on site.
Unfortunately today only the match lake is
capable of holding water through clay lining and
Tony’s lake which is a mature old pit to the
rear of the site.
The match lake
is feature rich with reed fringed margins and
islands all of which attract the fish. The far
end of the lake is somewhat deeper than the end
nearest the car park.
This lake holds a
good head of fish and you can expect large
catches of Bream and Carp. There are good
numbers of Roach , Rudd and skimmers and the
roach in particular grow to a good
size. There are occasional Tench, Crucians and
some large perch too. Large multiple catches are
fairly commonplace with a sensible approach
using baits such as pellet, corn, meat and
maggots and when the weather is right surface
fishing can be effective for the Carp.
This fishing here
can be excellent with the right approach.
Tony’s lake is
quite different in character to the Match Lake.
Tony’s is generally somewhat clearer and is
heavily weeded, screaming Tench ! During the
summer it is advisable to clear some of the weed
to give a clean patch to fish and to draw the
inquisitive Tench into the swim. There are lots
of Tench to be caught providing some excellent
lots of Rudd with some good sizes specimens in
amongst the hoards of small Rudd and there are
also some lovely roach to be caught too.
Benefitting from the hoards of Rudd the Perch
have grown big with several 2lb plus fish
reported every season. There are also some
lovely true Crucians.
are maintained by a dedicated group of fishery
officers and the site also has toilets available
which are cleaned on a regular basis.
Due to varying
water levels the carp parks lakes have been
closed until further notice.
(except in matches)
No nuts or
from pegged swims only
No cans or glass bottles of any
Unhooking mats must be used
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