of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 70 & 71

December 2005 /January 2006


This is a combined December & January edition. Back with lots of new stuff in February.

The VAC General Committee wish all our members a  merry and safe Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.



To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 


To contact the webmaster and to send pictures

Match Bookings :

Due to water level issues no bookings will now be taken for Frogmore for season 2005-06.


Got something to say or had a good catch on club waters - then just click to let us know. 

But if you've a question about rules, club policy etc. email the  Secretary




Remember, our Junior Section needs YOUR contributions..........


VAC members, on production of their VAC club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


Remember to call the VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904  

for all the latest news on club waters:


     Good Practice Guides


Health & Safety


 Discount Baits

VAC members get 5% discount on bait products from Titmuss's.

Click to download the Price list (160kb).

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Santa delivers early to the VAC

Almost a ton* of fish stocked into local waters

The VAC prides itself on providing a range of diverse quality fishing for our members. We must be doing something right as membership is now not far from 1350 which is a massive 100 up on last year.


With increased income we are able to spend more money on additional stocks for our local still waters and also transfer fish between waters to keep a balance and to cater for different angling styles.


Riverside in particular, has had a large number of carp from 1oz to 5lb added as this water is considered 'safe' and can be used to grow on and provide stock to our other waters in future. In addition to the carp we have introduced 500 small chub which we hope we grow on to eat the crayfish and 1000 small crucians. Earlier in 2005 we also stocked several hundred baby tench plus 150lb of crucians and tench into Tony's Lake at Frogmore.


Also at Frogmore, several hundred small and hungry mirrors (see right) to 4lb have been introduced to the match pool and some of the larger carp to 12lb have been relocated (see pic below) to the Island Pit at Moor Mill. These made up a total of 55 upper singles and doubles to 15lb added in recent weeks to provide more reliable sport to members seeking larger fish.


Smallford has also enjoyed some new fish and the 30lb'ers added early in 2005 appear to be doing well. .



Click the picture to see the video - hungry or what ?? If it doesn't play, right-click and 'Save Target As...'

* one ton = 2,240 pounds

Unlike many clubs we continue to invest in our fisheries and strive to obtain more fisheries for you.......


Plans to continue with improvements around our existing fisheries will be kicking off in the new year which will start with the building of new platforms at Radwell and Felmersham.


As seen, stocking at Riverside, Frogmore, Smallford and the newly acquired Moor Mill has been high on the agenda and this will continue throughout 2006. 


The acquisition of the old Park Street Pits at Frogmore, now known as Moor Mill is the icing on the cake as far as many of us are concerned for this year. These fisheries have so much potential which we plan to exploit sensibly and with the full support of members and local residents.


We have an excellent group of bailiffs and fishery officers to help look after these fisheries and over the last few months improvements can be seen with litter now becoming under control and the landlords are helping to open up the islands lake and make it more accessible.

Trout News



INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING Do You want to know about Fly Fishing but have never had the opportunity to Ask? Unsure what you want for Christmas, how about a fly rod to catch fish like these. Then come along to one of our free Introduction to Fly Fishing days which we will be holding in late February early March 2006 at Riverside, unfortunately we had to cancel the December 2005 date.

 Enter the Trout Fishing Section to discover more......................


Plans for 2006 The Annual Meeting will be held on Monday 16th January 2006 in the Riverside Rd meeting room starting 19.30. We will review the success of the 2005 season and set out our plans for 2006. We plan some changes so come and hear what we have to say and take the opportunity to air your views. We will give preference on the selection of fishing days to those present at the meeting, if you cannot make it then phone Oster Bayne 01582 832916 or John Youngs 01582 833678 to request your preferred day.

Your Contribution:  

Keep those pics coming in by clicking here




These lovely young ladies were snapped landing a good fish down at Moor Mill. Sorry but I've no names or record of who sent in the pic



Tony Broadwood had this nice 8lb mirror from Riverside back in September





Chris Knight be came King of Smallford this year as he landed most, if not all, of the Smallford 30's


Here it is, a picture of a double figure barbel from Marford. 10-02 to be precise, and sent in by 'Old George'.



VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news


 Visit Queensway on the web at or click the logo

Each month, Queensway Angling are offering special offers exclusively to VAC members.


Please phone for instant quotes - 01442 254723 - or email by clicking here

 THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN With Christmas just around the corner, we are giving VAC members the chance to start buying early with some great offers on selected items.

XMAS SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Limited edition FOX micron MX alarms in realtree camo with cover included. Our price £40.00 each [limited supplies available].

Fox double sided tackle box VAC Special price £20.OO





Neoprene gloves with fold back fingers [ultra warm] £9.99

Fleece hats with various logos-KORDA-ESP-TFG from £5.99

Chub Head torches now only £9.99

Fox Polarised sunglasses - 3 colours £22.00

Fox system tackle box from £6.99

Fox bivvy light £14.99

Fox bivvy table £24.99

To view our second-hand price list please visit our website by clicking on our web address link. If it’s too cold to go fishing come on over and have a look around the shop…full summer stock levels all winter.

Don’t know what to buy? …give a voucher (any denomination available)

Hope to see you soon -  MARK

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