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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
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
Here's two prospective records
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.
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.
Our new forum is still
proving very popular.
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 -
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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
VAC members, on production of their
club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page
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
can fish the day ticket section of
Jack's Lake free of charge
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
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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Time to dust off the proper Summer
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