PRESS NEWS: 41-08 common carp stocked into Smallford. Click the
pic for details:
It may be Winter
outside, but in my heart it's Spring
What a frustration. Apart from the 48 hours of ice and snow at
the end of January the weather has been pretty good for fishing
with lots of warm wet westerly's to keep the fish on the move.
This means, for example, the barbel and chub are still showing
well at Marford and plenty of carp and even tench down at
Frogmore. Only at Riverside have catches been patchy due to the
very clear water (although it's coloured up in the last few
days). The frustration? The fact that I've not had
many chances to actually get out there and catch some for
At least, when it is too cold to fish, a nice walk in the snow
can be very satisfying......
Had some good catches lately? Then let us know. Better still,
send some pics.
Thanks again to Brian Lakin for providing
some snaps of Dennis Revell with his 44lb
match winning bag from Frogmore.
Apologies to Nick Marsh for saving this great pic from the early
Yes, it really was this clear.
The season this year will start on Friday
19th March running as usual for 11 weeks and
finishing on Thursday 3rd June. The Trout
Committee accept that catch rates at
Riverside for the last
year or two have been disappointing, there
are probably a number of reasons,
climate/temperature change, cormorants and
perhaps too conservative stocking. In order
to avoid the latter we plan to substantially
increase the early stock levels, viz. 300
initial stock then replacement stocking
every two weeks thereafter depending on
returns. (SO MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE AND
LEAVE YOUR RETURN BEFORE LEAVING THE
As regards cormorants we will have ropes up
as in past years but will ensure you can
lower them for casting, this is a necessary
evil as last year we estimate we lost 100
trout to these birds. The best defence is
fishermen on the lake, the birds come in at
dawn so the earlier we have people on the
water the better. (IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT
YOU RAISE THE ROPES WHEN YOU LEAVE THE
FISHERY OR AGREE WITH OTHERS THAT THEY WILL
We plan the usual open Fishing Match in
memory of Dave Marlborough at the end of the
season probably a Friday, details will be
put on the notice board. Also we will be
organising day trips to Elenor and other
venues details again on notice board.
Charges for this year will be £70 for a 11
week ticket, £42 for a 6 week ticket and £35
for a 5 week ticket. Day tickets are £7.50
for VAC club members, a VAC member can bring
guests at the additional cost of a VAC guest
ticket currently £6.
Season tickets - Postal applications to;
Verulam Angling Trout Section,
4 Latchford Mews, Wheathampstead,
Herts AL4 8BB with cheque and what day
you want to fish.
Day tickets – Paul Mills
01727 752647 (allow two days notice)
Information - Carole
Pickering 01727 767409 or John Youngs on
TICKET SALE AND COLLECTION DAY
Wednesday 10th March 19.30 to 21.00 at
the Riverside Meeting Rooms. Come and
hear the latest Section News!
“Any VAC Members want to learn to Fly
Here is a special offer to all you non
fly-fishing VAC Members! Any members
who would like to try game fishing
please note that the Trout Section will,
via prior arrangement, have two open
days on Saturday 20th and 27th March
from 9.00 to 13.00 when, for the price
of a day ticket, (£7.50) we will lend
you the tackle and show you the basics.
Anyone interested is asked to book in
advance and contact either John Youngs
on 01582 833678 or Oster Bayne on 01582
832916. We will make the arrangements
on a “first come first serve basis” so
do not take too long to decide. It’s a
great way to widen your fishing
* * Half Season Membership Now Available
* * *
As in previous years, the VAC is providing
half-price membership from 1st October until
Click here for details.
any sightings of cormorants
on club waters to the fisheries chairman,
Barry Killinger, on 07966 394717 (before
9.30 pm please) or
to the Secretary by email Just
Visit Queensway on the web at
click the logo
month, Queensway Angling are offering
special offers exclusively to VAC members.
instant quotes - 01442
254723 - or
Every month Queensway offer VAC members some
very special deals.........
Okuma undertaker baitrunners £29.99.
Wychwood zero tolerance carp rods £35.00,
(see January web page)
JRC carp rods (ultra thin) £30.00. (see
January web page)
JRC carryalls £20.00 and £25.00.
Sixth sense six rod carp holdall £30.00.
Wychwood mini carp lugger carryall £20.00.
Nash compact pod £44.00.
Nash outlaw pod £25.00.
Shimano Hyperloop 4000 reels £18.00.
New Korda terminal bits and pieces plus
hooks in stock.
Nash 70Ib stainless scales £40.00.
Skee-tex boots only £40.00.
42 inch carp large mesh landing net £15.00.
Nash outlaw bite alarms £15.00 each.
Fox micron m bite alarms £22.99 (free
batteries worth £4.25.
Has the recent cold spell exposed how poor
your current fishing suit is? If so take
advantage now as we have a 20% discount on
offer to all VAC members off of all one
and two piece suits and fleeces. (free
boots with selected Sundridge suits.)
Now is the time to stock up on all your
bits and pieces whether it be Match, Carp,
specialist or sea, (10% discount to all
VAC members) full summer stock now
available. Lots an lots of super new items
now in stock.
All GTE models 5000, 6000, 8000.
RRP £125, our price £78.00 bottom line
cash price ( £2 extra for card
All RE models 5000, 6000, 8000
RRP £95.00, our price £61.00 bottom line
cash price (£2 extra for card
Please come and browse around or visit us
on our web address at
Back last April member Rob Caterall took
only an only to hook and land this 23lb PB
mirror on a Trigga Ice boilie fished in the
Caught any more Rob?
Also at Smallford, this 11lb'er from Stef
Moxom on double mini tuti-fruity boilies
close to the island.
You can't seem them where I've cropped the
pictures but both anglers held the fish over
unhooking mats and kept low, just in case,
like John Wilson, they found themselves
Please, when taking fish pictures follow the
good examples here and keep low to the
ground - just in case. And get in nice and
close so I don't have to zoom in and lose
the fine detail.
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