Issue 98

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                             April 2008..


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Luxury 8 berth caravan to let - 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.

Bookings now being taken for 2008. Open from March to October inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on 07966 394717 for further details.


VAC Work Parties - see notice below...............Flydressers Guild : London Branch : Notice of the Auction Sale of BOOKS FROM AN ANGLER'S LIBRARY. To be held on Saturday 3rd May at 12 noon. Viewing from 10am. At All Saints Church Hall, Croxley Green. Catalogues £1 with SAE to M.W. Humphreys, The Weather House, Croxley Hall Woods, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 3BEToadless Brings Moor Joy

The largest confirmed fish in Verulam waters, Toadless* the Leather, has been banked by Moor Mill regular, John Stacey, at a new peak weight of 43lb.  After a number of sessions on the Island Pit, John followed his instincts to shift to the east bank of Moor Mill's Leather Pit and struck lucky with this much sort-after fish.


Of course, there are some who will tell you stories of even bigger fish in some of our other waters Just seeing them of course doesn't count, on the mat is where it's at !!

* Toadless...Frogmore - geddit ?

After some months of neglect, the VAC Specialist Site, which aims to cater for members targeting our big carp, barbel, pike and other popular species, is being re-launched. It will feature a new yet familiar style and will be edited by carp angler and IT enthusiast, Dave (Duch) Hillier. Dave is keen to receive your contributions and feedback...simply follow the links.

VAC Forum - 10%!!

Within just four weeks of launching the new forum over 10% of VAC members (180) have subscribed. With the current rate of applications we expected over 200 to be on-line in the much revamped forum by end of the month. The forum, which is closely monitored by our band of moderators, is strictly for VAC members only and is a great way to keep up with the latest news and to make your opinions known.

However, certain rules are in place to ensure 'fair play' - please read and abide by these to ensure your visit to the forum isn't your last. It is vitally important that only bona-fide members can post on the forum, any inappropriate postings, as defined in the T&Cs, will be dealt with in the proper manner.


All new applications are manually vetted (and we all have day jobs), therefore please be patient if approval of your request to join the forum takes a few days. Please also check your junk/spam folders as some members have been missing the automated responses to applications. 

Aylesbury Arm - Lower Dixon's Gap - Wilstone 

This Tring AA controlled stretch is a branch off the GUC with moderate boat traffic. A short pound, itís full of far bank features and has centre track depths to 4ft. prolific for carp to 30lb, and good chub to 5lb 6oz. Other species include tench to 7lb, bream to 5lb, perch to 3lb and roach to 1lb 4oz.

         Now available to VAC Members

This section is fished a lot for carp. They tend to show to corn, worm or floating bait like crust and dog biscuit. Virtually all are caught to the far bank features. For chub try introducing some chopped worm and try double caster or a segment of worm and caster on the hook and you may still hook a carp. Tench to float fished corn. Roach to float fished maggot and punched bread. Hemp is worth trying in the warmer months.


Directions : From Tring take the A41 towards Aylesbury. Turn right onto the B489 towards Marsworth and Ivinghoe. Pass the first left turn for Wilstone and turn left at the small island towards Gubblecote/Long Marston and Wingrave. You will soon come to the canal bridge. There is lay-by parking for day visitors while members have access to the car park over the canal bridge on the right. Sat Nav (nearby factory): HP23 4QF.

As always we welcome feedback on your results.


A reminder to start ringing to book your place on a working party. Don't leave it until the last minute, otherwise you may miss out. The list of officers at the various fisheries, is below . . .

  • SMALLFORD: Alan Moss 07961 842 075

  • RIVERSIDE ROAD: Graham Kenchington 07921 977244

  • FROGMORE: Alan Chinnock 07970 941915

  • MARFORD FARM: Laurie Seymour 01727 765820

  • LEASEY BRIDGE: Lee Chittenden 07940 502059

  • TURNFORD: Andy Munday 07831 637731

  • RIVER OUSE: Colin Downs 07796 335501

  • MOOR MILL: Paul Hill 07826 913705

  • TROY LAKE: Barry Killinger 07966 394717

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


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


 £1 off all day tickets for VAC members

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Your Contribution


Steve Burfoot is back on these pages again with this cracking bag from the River Ivel. Caught on pole tactics on a stretch near Biggleswade, Steve found the river 'just right' a few days before the season ended to land chub and bream to almost 6lb.

Above is Steve's travelling partner and VAC Match Committee Chairmen Brian Lakin. Brian was just one peg up from Brian yet only landed roach including these two 2lb'ers. As with Steve, pole tactics to the far bank with caster and maggot brought results.

Remember VAC members can fish much of the Ivel thanks to our affiliation to the IPA.



April Special Offers !!!!!!!!!!!

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Also, ask Mark for the April special, the Allcock Amble - just £9.99


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