of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 46

December 2003 



To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2003 & 2004. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



Got something to say or had a good catch on club waters - then just click to let us know. 



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VAC members, on production of their VAC club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


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Good Practice Guides


Ray Scores Gold for Doing a Ton

Just a few of Ray's Carp

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 the match.

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.

A reminder about the Christmas match at Riverside on December 21. Draw at 8:30 with Breakfasts being served from 8am.

Tony Williams

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 gift ideas.

Trout Section Annual Meeting - 19th January 2004

 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; 


  1. Minutes of 2003 annual meeting held on 29 January 2003.

  2. Matters arising

  3. Report on 2003 season

  4. Action to improve catch rate in 2004 and Season tickets cost

  5. Report on possible Frogmore Lake 1 as a trout fishery.

  6. Election of Officers

  7. Trout Section “Outings” for 2004

  8. Trout competitions and Dave Marlborough Trophy

  9. 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 years. 

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 June 2004. Click here for details.

Visit Queensway on the web at or click the logo

Each month, Queensway Angling are offering special offers exclusively to VAC members.

Please phone for instant quotes - 01442 254723 - or email

Christmas offers!!!!!!!!


We 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)


Clothing offer!!!

Free “hot foot” thermal boots worth £40.00 with selected sundridge 1+2 piece suits, buy early to avoid missing out!!


Rod clearance!!!!

Up 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 huge seller!

Second hand!!


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


Please 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.



Your Contribution

Marford Again

Still very few members making the effort to send in their pictures. Surely some of you carry cameras?


This example was received back in July from Andy Dow - one of the smaller carp at Marford.


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