of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 58

December 2004 


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Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2004-05. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



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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. 


Remember to call the VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904  

for all the latest news on club waters:


     Good Practice Guides


Health & Safety


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Guide to coarse fishing in the Southeast


It's at this time of year our fisheries come under attack.


Whilst crayfish can be a nuisance, the American Mink, alien to this country, are now widespread in the Ver and Colne valleys and are known to cause significant damage to our fish stocks. Carp, lethargic in cold weather, are particularly at risk. Having to remove half eaten carcasses of quality carp is one of the less attractive tasks our fishery bailiffs have to undertake


However, of the two I would say it's the Cormorant which is the most efficient predator. Hunting usually in small packs, they descend upon deserted fisheries, herding shoals of roach, bream and crucians into small bays where they can systematically take their fill day after day, with the survivors typically too scared to escape to safer waters.


With the fishing at Riverside and Frogmore somewhat patchy at this time of year they can be deserted for several days at a time, particularly mid week. Whilst low hanging ropes can help to deter the cormorants, mink seem increasingly tolerant of anglers. We must therefore all work together to minimise these threats. Members who live close by to any of our still waters are asked to find time to pop along, perhaps on the way to work, just to keep an eye out and report back to the club any sightings. Even if you only can do one or two days a month this would probably mean that most mornings someone was there to provide discouragement.


If you do see any cormorants or mink on our waters please let the fisheries team know by email - click here


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And, by the way, have a very Merry Christmas and Tight Lines for 2005


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* * Christmas Draw Results - 19 December 2005  - click here * *


Your Contribution


It's been a good month for pictures - these small thumbnails hardly do justice to the large originals.

Send your digital submissions here - or just drop me a line if you have pictures or slides that need scanning.


Smallford dawn from Jonathan Clements - click for the big version

Andy Smith's 1st ever fish -  Frogmore double

A beautiful image of our new stretch of the Lea at Batford from P. Schlagman - click for the big version

Match Dan Patrick News:


That man Dan does it again.


Following some confusion over dates the VAC match regulars finally got to do battle with the carp at Rolfs Lake near Oxford (


Last time we were there Dan went swimming to recover his pole. This time his luck was in, drawing peg 24, one of the best Winter pegs, and fished corn at 16m over minimal loose feed to bag 119-08. Top carp on the day went to Kev Wilder at 15-08 (it broke his landing net handle) and numerous double fish fish were landed at this pole only match venue. At least two members had power top-twos broken - and this in in the Winter when the carp don't fight !


All the results are here


Fishery News:


The long walk at Marford is throwing up some nice fish for those prepared to make the effort and are able to keep low and quite.


For example, young Peter Kraushaar (9) recently had two nice chub to 3lb (below) whilst his dad Jon winkled out this small barbel.




Health & Safety

All members must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that they, plus other members and the general public are not put at risk when fishing. A couple of items of good advice have now been added to this website and can be found by clicking the link on the left hand column towards the bottom.


Half Price Membership

At the end of November membership was up again, now at 1240. The committee have agreed to release a limited number of half season/half price tickets.. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, if you wish to apply download the form (Adobe PDF format) by clicking here.

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

Now the season is in full swing have a browse on our website or come and have a look at our new shop layout.


Now in stock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New 2005 Drennan clothing all in stock includes ESP and Team England quilted jackets(100% w/proof and breathable)

ESP bivvy wear jacket and b/brace.

Thermal quilted and shower proof, extremely warm duvet feel.

Finding it hard to catch carp. have you tried d.t baits, green beast cold water mix. The ultimate winter mix in freezer baits and pop-ups.


Christmas offer!!


10-20% discount off rrp on most items from stock to all VAC members. large range to suit specimen, match, sea and game anglers, summer stock levels all year, shop early to avoid the rush!

Gift vouchers always available for those hard to buy for anglers.



Christmas Best Sellers

sti 1+2 man bivvy 199.99 and 240.00

Wychwood carp carryalls mini 20.00 large 25.00

jrc t.hearn bedchairs 50.00

jrc t.hearn chairs 30.00

Fox oval brolleys 75.00

tfg all season 100% waterproof boots 50.00

Fox bed buddy chair 20.00

Fox 3 drawer seat box 150.00

tfg X1-X2 carp rods 99.00 (amazing value for money)

Fox warrior carp rods 50.00

Shimano re and gte b baitrunners. re 5000, 6000. 8000 61.00 and gte b 5000, 6000 84.99 8000 89.99

1 off crazy price.... super deluxe match box (top of the range) rrp 410.00 our price 260.00 1 only.

                                     HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!!

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