Issue 169

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                      April 2014..

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Over the Rainbow

The VAC is perhaps unusual in this day and age to include trout fishing as an option for members. Just ten or so years ago it's fair to say that interest was limited and the sub-section was a risk of folding. However, the VAC trout committee rolled up their collective sleeves and through a number of actions and initiatives we now have a thriving trout section which continues to grow.

Looking at the records for 2014 we can report that numbers have almost doubled with over 100 on our database including over fifty season-ticket holders fishing at Riverside where we have trout fishing from the end of February and until mid May (this year coarse fishing resumes on May 12th)

Additionally, this year we have sold more day tickets for Riverside in the first four weeks than all of last season combined and at Bellows Mill, our dedicated trout fishery, Ford lake, is proving very popular with two 12 week seasons; Spring and Autumn. Currently sales of season tickets for Ford Lake are good with about 35 per season. Winter day tickets also sell very well.

Clyde Alexander’s 7lb 1oz rainbow from Bellow's Mill
The work hasn't stopped and the trout section remain as enthusiastic as ever about their sport with fly-casting tuition available and popular away-days being run to distant venues. To learn more about trout fishing in the VAC simply click on the link over on the left.

Obituary - Oster Joseph Armstrong Bayne
Only very rarely does this website include an obituary but, in this instance, as we report on the growing success on the VAC trout section, it's only right that we mention the passing of one of the great architects of that success. Oster Bayne took on the role as Chairman of the Trout Section in 2005 at a time when the section was at a low ebb.

He masterminded many improvements at Riverside and the development of Ford Lake at Bellows Mill as a dedicated trout fishery, providing members with near year round trout fishing. Little wonder the Section grew from just 28 in 2005, to over 100 when Oster stood down as Chairman in 2012. Oster, a charismatic leader, larger than life, true gentleman, inspirational and achiever.  We salute you. RIP.

VAC Match Section
Fixture List Published

The Verulam Match Section remains very popular with turnouts averaging over 20 across the season. We are a friendly bunch and always welcome new faces.

The average standard is increasing each season and as the results from last season show, competition is tight with only a few points separating the top 10.

Why not check out the new fixture list for season 2014/15 and make a point to come along and try your luck. Click here for the list.



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Here's a typical Riverside rainbow.

Another Riverside rainbow. this one went 4.07 and landed by Peter Philips.

The Mill Lake at Bellows Mill is a mixed coarse fishery. Member Jimmy Ryan had this 10lb+ pike take a rudd on the way in and gave a good scrape on the light float tackle.

This young man is Billy Smith, son of bailiff Mark. On a recent trip to Moor Mill Billy landed this tonking 18lb mirror. It's the same fish his dad landed a couple of years ago at just 13lb.


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VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777

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