Ray Scores Gold for
Doing a Ton
Just a few of Ray's
VAC club matches are
very popular and well attended even for most venues
through the winter. But no venue is more popular than Rolf's
Lake, a small match-only water just off the M40 near Oxford.
Everyone of the 34 pegs were pre-booked for the recent club
match with a number of members unable to secure a place.
Before the draw for
pegs Ash Adams drew the numbers of the day's gold, silver and
bronze pegs, the first two being worth £200 to anyone winning
Gold for the day was
peg 16, a known good peg and was drawn by Ray Cormack, With some
coaching by venue regular Roger Brown, Ray was soon into carp
was he found where they were lurking just in range at 16m on
this pole-only water.
Feeding pellet and
fishing corn he kept the fish, which weighed between 4lb and
9lb, coming throughout the five hours to weigh in his first
match 'ton' at 100lb 8oz. Just one fish short, on 97lb was Paul
Bangs, currently on second place in the club championship. Sadly
not everyone enjoyed such fortune on a bitterly cold day with a
few blanks (inc. Roger !).
Full results here.
about the Christmas match at Riverside on December 21. Draw at
8:30 with Breakfasts being served from 8am.
Some of you
may have missed the sad news last month that Tony Williams,
our Head Bailiff, passed away on Friday 21st November.
Tony was a staunch supporter and
diplomat of the club, Despite over recent years, not
having the best of health, Tony was frequently at
Riverside, Frogmore and many of the other fisheries
ensuring all was well with fish, fauna and members.
The club were delighted to award a
Life Membership to him two years ago, something he richly
deserved. Someone like Tony can never be replaced but his
memory will live on and his inspiration to succeed has set
an example to us all for the future.
As yet, no decisions have
been made regarding a suitable memorial. Of course,
members are more than welcome to email the secretary with
suitable suggestions or even simply document their own
memories of Tony on the guest book.
Personally, I last saw Tony
down at Riverside about four weeks back with, I believe,
his grandson, passing on not only his love for fishing but
also for our fisheries and what they represent. I do not
know the young boy's name, he must be about 9-10 years
old. Old enough in fact to cherish, I hope, very happy
memories with Tony which I expect he will retain for a
long long time.
Stan Kiddle, website editor
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to
all VAC Members and their families. Click Santa for some
Trout Section Annual Meeting - 19th January
The 2004 meeting will be held in the club
meeting room at Riverside Rd on Monday 19th
January 2004 at 19.30. The agenda will be;
Minutes of 2003 annual meeting held on 29
Report on 2003 season
Action to improve catch rate in 2004 and
Season tickets cost
Report on possible Frogmore Lake 1 as a
Election of Officers
Trout Section “Outings” for 2004
Trout competitions and Dave Marlborough
Any other business
Your Committee are concerned that the poor
catch rates and access problems of 2003
could result in reduced applications in
2004. We plan to stock in greater quantity
at the start of the season as well as
increasing the overall stocking level. We
have agreed with Fisheries to improve
casting access by the removal/pruning of
trees and bushes and to make the Cormorant
protection more fly fishing friendly. We
hope we can continue to receive your support
to make the 2004 Season as enjoyable as past
Attendees will be given priority in
selecting their preferred fishing day. Those
unable to attend should contact Carol
Pickering on 01727 767409 ASAP thereafter to
reserve their preferred date
* * Half Season Membership Now Available
* * *
As in previous years, the VAC is providing
half-price membership from 1st October until
Click here for details.
Visit Queensway on the web at
click the logo
month, Queensway Angling are offering
special offers exclusively to VAC members.
instant quotes - 01442
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are pleased to offer a special 15%
discount Christmas offer to all VAC
members on all items over £10.00 at full RRP
(not on already discounted items). The offer
lasts up till Dec 24th 2003.
Why not ask for a gift voucher instead to
ensure you get what you really want (any
amount available no time limit)
Free “hot foot” thermal boots worth £40.00
with selected sundridge 1+2 piece suits, buy
early to avoid missing out!!
to 30% discount on drennan rods
(discontinued models only) limited stock.
Top XMAS seller!!
JRC STI Rapid Erection bivvies
1 man £199.99
2 man £240.00
Twin skin no extras needed, mega thick
groundsheet, exceptional value, set to be a
12ft Hooligun carp rod 3lb tc £60.00
Fox alarm TXR remote system £65.00
Fox SXV alarm £40.00
Leeda carp rod holdall £20.00
John Wilson Avon quiver £50.00
North Western 12ft 2.5lb tc carp rods £60
for the pair
Terry Hearn stealth bedchair £110.00
Fox ST alarms £20 each
ASI seat box £90.00
Match box super deluxe seat box £160.00
feel welcome to come and browse around our
shop, with over 250 rods and sixty reels in
stock at all times we have one of the
largest selection of match, specimen, game
and sea tackle in the region. Massive range
of baits to suit all occasions. If anything
is not in stock we will be able to order it
with good discount always given. Our
selection of bivvys include nash titan
viper/ combat TT, fox easy dome/ explorer/
frontier/ stalker bivvy, trakker armadillo
one and two man, chub discovery one and two
man, plus a range of shelter/brolleys.
TO SEE YOU SOON, MARK
Still very few members making the effort to
send in their pictures. Surely some of you
This example was received back in July from
Andy Dow - one of the smaller carp at
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