of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 74

April 2006



Subscription Details - 2006/07 membership now available

Match Calendar - 2006/07 fixture list now available


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).

GJW Titmuss Ltd Hertfordshire New Mill, Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8RG   Tel: 01582 833883

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Get Up and Get Out 

At last the weather's warming up and the fish are moving.

For numerous reasons many anglers now self impose a lay-off from angling and why not do this when it's cold and the fish are few and far between. But now's the time to get back out there as the warm weather has got fish moving on all our year-round still waters. Catches to 100lb of carp and bream from the match pool at Frogmore are backed up with reports of good fish from Moor Mill, including Toadless the 40lb leather and a number of good carp to 29lb from Smallford. With the four consortium waters at Turnford also open now that's ten top lakes to choose from.


Just one thing, make sure you have your new rod licence(s). Order online here


Are you a new member?

Then you are one of 381 anglers who joined the VAC for season 2005-6. And you are one of a total of 1385, an increase of over 10% which is a fantastic reflection on the VAC, it's fisheries and the broad range of angling catered for. However, if you're are one of the 251 who didn't renew last season, why not let us know why. We're not perfect and are always striving to improve.



Remember that the VAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL.  Venue is the New Greens Residents Association Hall, High Oaks, St Albans. kick off is 8pm.

Above is Chris Burling with a nice male tench from the Leather Pit at Moor Mill

Your Contribution

 Keep those pics coming in by  clicking here

Here she is, in all her winter glory...that's a pun as that's Mark Winter holding Toadless, at exactly 40lb, from Moor Mill on April 1st. And that's no joke. As well as banking the largest known fish swimming in Verulam waters he also had two cracking commons in the same session. That's some achievement for the Leather Pit which takes it's name from the above fish, the 2nd largest known leather in the UK.

George Thomas dropped into Frogmore for a few hours at the end of March and picked up this 9lb Ghostie on float fished meat

John Pearett had this personal best 8lb barbel on 13th March, ledgering Campbells meat balls in the Bush Swim on Marfords Short Walk

With all the worry about water shortages this year (hope you're doing your bit to save water) thought this picture interesting.

Taken in November 2000 it's the bridge at Frogmore taken from the car park. Except that the bridge is under water !!

How to fish Frogmore

Not everyone is successful at Frogmore and, despite the good numbers of fish, you need to remember it's a small water and the fish soon wise up.


At the moment the carp and bream are responding to baits carefully presented in the margins just at the bottom of the shelf. Small baits are best and expander pellet and pinches of bread flake are working well. Try feeding little and often with 2mm micro pellet. Half a bag should last a session. Also good to provoke activity by feeding a generous amount of maggots or casters first. This attracts the silver fish and the carp soon follow. Small floats and small but strong barbless hooks complete the picture.

Working Parties:  We have a working party at Moor Mill work party on Sunday 23rd April, commencing 08:30am. We will be building in four swims on the Island Lake, all potential volunteers to give bailiff Paul Hill a shout on 07989 565115.

Trout News



With membership up 40% on a record 2005 season the Trout Section is going from strength to strength.

We have successfully introduced a number of VAC members to the Art of Fly-fishing this season, and have run two well-attended free Fly casting lessons.


Our dedicated area of the VAC website provides the latest information on How is it Fishing, with invaluable Hints and Tips on maximizing your chances of catching the daily 3 Fish limit, and possibly one of the many ‘Whoppers’ we stock. This is addition to all the details you need to join the section, and pictures of the Weeks Best Catches.


The new stocking policy has proved extremely popular with a high density of rainbow trout, averaging 2lb, and a high proportion between 3Ib and 6lb. We even stock some ‘hard-fighting’ Blue trout, and the occasional Brown trout to add even more interest to a days fishing.


With a days fishing costing just £7.50, based on purchase of a Full season ticket, we offer the best value trout fishing in Hertfordshire.

Click here to enter the Trout Fishing Section and discover more......................


VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news

La Carp Arc. Carp Fishing in France:

Former member Pete Swallow, with partner Linda, now have their beautiful fishery ready to open and are offering a discount to VAC members. Recently stocked with many large carp. For more info, click the picture to access his website.

 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


Queensway Spring Specials !

With Springtime just around the corner now is the time to dig out your tackle from the garage and top up for the summer.
Full stock levels available in store so come on down and take advantage of our special 10% discount to all VAC. members.
We have a large stock of Drennan ESP clothing including jackets, hoodys, trousers, bib and braces, fleeces and hats. All ESP waterproof clothing is fully waterproof and breathable and extremely comfortable  and stylish.

Also a large range of baits of every type including Boilies, Particles, Pellets, Groundbaits and Pastes.

Hope to see you soon!


New - in stock now
Korum chair trolley kit £44.99 {chair £59.99} - below left Korum tackle bag with 3 bait boxes and 8 tackle boxes £35.00.

KJrc X-LO stalker chair, very light £44.99. Korum unhooking mat with kneeling flap only £10.99

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