Issue 110

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                           April 2009..


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AGM agree 2 increase

This years AGM was well attended and debate was more heated than last year. In particular there was concern raised that the proposal to increase subs by 2 for adult membership to 65 (others pro-rata) was not appropriate at this time of credit crunch and high unemployment.


Whist it's true that the VAC enjoyed a good year in 2008/09 resulting in a cash surplus, your General Committee positioned this against a background of increased costs (including three extra venues added last season), an unexpected saving against last years fishery budget and a recognition that we cannot bank on anticipated membership growth.


A number of members were keen to express their views and several made the point that other clubs with which they are involved have applied increases of 10 or more this season. They added that it was common knowledge amongst anglers in the catchment area that the VAC provides fantastic value for money. The motion went to the vote and was unanimously carried.

The VAC Record List

After a slow start the VAC record fish list is now starting to fill up. As you may recall, the list, managed by the VAC Specialist Committee, is recording the best of species per venue starting from 16 June 2008. Because of this a number of records remain unclaimed so now's your chance !! To access the Records Page click here


Here's two prospective records awaiting consideration;

Matt Young's 1.09 roach from Frogmore beats the the current record by 1oz.

Stan (Webmaster) Kiddle's 2.06 perch caught by design from Frogmore

Well Done Kyle

The AGM also see's the annual presentation of trophies. While most of these are contested amongst the VAC match community, one trophy, the Life Members cup, is awarded to what the General Committee believes to be the outstanding angling achievement of the season.


This year, it is widely agreed that Kyle St Pierre's bumper catch of 8 barbel to over 10lb and a brace of fat chub was good fishing for any angler. For a six year old, simply outstanding. Well done Kyle.

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Big Brown Goldfish

Junior page editor Matt Young can't stop catching at Frogmore (his second home). This 2.07 brown goldfish (often confused with crucian carp) isn't a venue best as junior Jamie Laurence had a bigger one the same day.


VAC Forum

Our new forum is still proving very popular.  However we still have many people apply to join who then do not respond when asked to confirm details. Remember, the forum is only for current VAC members and you will need to confirm your details by email to the webmaster before access is provided. If this is not done within 14 days your request will be cancelled.


Please note that Hotmail users need to check their junk folder for automated replies from the forum software. We have a number of applications fail where the member has not seen our replies. Also, be careful to check you have entered your email address correctly.

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

Tingrith - important news

Unfortunately our association with Tingrith has come to an end as they have now moved to season ticket only fishing. However, we still have plenty of other associate waters...see below for details.


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.


 1 off all day tickets for VAC members


VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge




Your Contribution

Don't be shy, send your catch pics to the webmaster...  

No wonder the cormorants are staying away from Riverside Road during the trout season when we have 'Big Nobby' on guard.

The Riverside trout anglers have been enjoying some beautiful dawn starts.  On days like these they don't want to catch their limit bag too quickly.

Jakub Kumsta from the Czech Republic had this 11lb tench from Smallford last June. Just one of several super specimens he's had over the last year.

JaKub again with a Smallford 20 banked at the end of March


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Spring's Here...

and Summer's coming


Time to dust off the proper Summer gear and restock on lines and end tackle.


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