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another water for the VAC
The Old River Lea...
as a teenager in the 70's I used to look over in awe at the stretch of the
original course of Lea as I walked up the navigation towpath from Cheshunt to
the LAA stretch at Aquaduct Lock. In those days the mysterious Waverly AS had
control. Whilst I was catching 2lb chub and 3lb barbel my imagination was filled
with the monsters that lived downstream. Time moved on and the venue came under
Leisure Sport. Eventually, in the late 80's and 90's, with my precious limited
edition ticket, I enjoyed many trips there.
Jump forward a decade and much had
changed. The Lea
Valley Park, as a governing authority had been created and controlling
bodies had changed until, up to last year, the water was controlled by Cemex
Angling. Also, many will already know of a number of well documented problems,
sadly including a fish kill, and the abundant stocks of small chub and barbel
that I once fished for are no longer present. A bite these days may come only
after many hours, even days but the chances are it will be from a 7lb+ chub or a
14lb+ barbel. Big carp and bream are also present and the neighbouring pits are
home to massive pike, tench and other specimens.
Early in 2010 it was announced that
the lease for the river
and pits would be up for tender and, from this season, that lease has been
acquired by a newly formed Fishers Green Consortium comprised of 11 local
clubs. By far the largest of these is the VAC and, with our existing consortium
membership at Turnford,
we see that adding Fishers Green to our portfolio is a great development from
our club. It also shows that, yet again, we are fulfilling our ambitions and
providing our membership with AT LEAST one new water per year.
As stated, the management of
Fishers Green will be via the new Consortium and between now and the start of
the river season on June 16, all details will be made available on the VAC
website and the Consortium's own site. If you are looking to join the VAC and
gain access to Fishers Green, we open our books to new members during May.
'Complete Tangler' - The Ian Waugh
On the last weekend of
March, in memory of member Ian Waugh (pictured left), who was an avid
campaigner for encouraging juniors into angling, a match was held at
Moor Mill. Fished over two days and with any fish over 3lb to count,
expectations were of plenty of bream and carp.
As sometimes happens, the
fish didn't read the script and only an 8lb carp and a 5lb bream were
landed. Not that it mattered as everyone present had a great time with a
well supported raffle and BBQ swelling the cash collected to just over
£270, all of which will go to supporting junior angling within the VAC.
Well done to Dave 'Duch'
Hiller and all those that supported him with the organising and
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Under new management :
months of speculation, VAC bailiff Terry Field is delighted to be the
new owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in Fleetville, St Albans.
Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store,
Terry looks forward to meeting VAC members. Equally, non members are
welcome and Terry can provide lots of advice regarding VAC waters plus
provide membership forms to get you into the best angling club in the
South-East. You can also call him on 01727 861777
Club DB, our
excellent member database, is now serving us well with members able to
log in and update their details at any time.
However, a large number of
members have not yet sent in or uploaded a passport style picture which
we will need to print up your next membership card. We believe we have
now resolved some the technical difficulties but for those who cannot
upload a suitable picture please find time to either email your photo
(quoting ID number) or pop a picture in the post to the Registrar. More
details on the Subscriptions page.
Associate Venues -
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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...
Andrew Giddings has been a regular
at Fishers Green and kindly volunteered this snap of a 6lb 6oz chub
The clear waters of Fishers Green
also hold some spotty fish such as this sample caught in 2009.
Barry Shipman kindly donated lots of
FG pics including this one of dawn on Langridge Lake.
Joe Colclough spent Easter at
Smallford and landed this 17.5lb mirror carp on a cell boilie tipped with fake
corn, with some aniseed particle mix over the top.
Can't not mention that the VAC's
biggest fish, Toadless, was banked in early April at a healthy 40.03. Well done
to Matt Townend
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