Winter Blues & Red Letter Days
How many of you have visited a VAC fishery since Christmas? Not
many it would seem as most venues are far from busy at the
moment with many members using the first three months of the
year as the new 'Close Season'. Of course, some hardy souls are
still braving Smallford with the occasional 20lb carp showing.
More noticeable this year are pike anglers with many single and
double figure fish coming to a variety of methods.
Our river venues have been producing for those prepared to make
the effort with plenty of barbel still showing at Marford and
even the odd one up on our new stretch at Batford. Further north
on our Ouse venues, double figure barbel and chub to 6lb plus
are coming to those prepared to put in the hours. Of course, you
could be lucky like I was last year and drop on a shed full.
I mentioned Riverside Road last month and yet have not been back
there myself apart for a few early morning cormorant patrols (is
anyone else making the effort?). I know plenty of carp are still
showing in the right pegs. Don't forget that Riverside closes
for trout fishing at the end of February for 10 weeks.
Carp and bream are also showing on the Frogmore Match Lake
although low water levels are making the fish a bit edgy. On
Tony's Lake you can get bites all day from small roach, rudd,
perch and the occasional tench. If you've not tried it yet, grab
half a pint of pinkies, some red maggot and worm and give it a
Remember to keep the reports - and pictures coming.
VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news
thought I'd follow last month with another
Smallford pike, caught a few years back by a
young lad called Harry.
Sorry but I don't seem to have another
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PRICE LIST UPDATED
Members may recall in a recent e-news a
mention that Titmuss's in Wheathampstead
offer VAC members a nice 5% discount on bait
products. They do a very large range of
pellets, seeds, ground baits etc. plus a
selection from Dynamite baits and Ton Up.
Why not club together with some mates and
buy some 25kg sacks of hemp and pellet?
Empty, clean and dry plastic 2 litre milk
bottles are excellent for storing smaller
quantities when you split the sacks down.
Click here to
download the .PDF file of the RRP list
GJW Titmus Ltd Hertfordshire New Mill,
Lummer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts,
Tel: 01582 833883
Few bites at Three Locks!
The last VAC match at Three Locks, Stoke
Hammond on the Grand Union was a real
struggle for the 16 stalwarts who braved the
sub zero temperatures and biting easterly
Mick Johnson was close to the bridge and
found nearly 50 tiny perch on small pieces
of red worm and pinkie for 1lb 1oz and third
place. At the other end Tom Heighton had two
bites and two skimmers for 2nd with 2lb 5oz,
pipped by webmaster Stan Kiddle who added
2oz of baby perch to his two skimmers to
record 2lb 6oz and an extra 54 points to
secure his lead in the 04-05 Championship.
Roja Smiff, pictured right, was pleased not
to blank, recording just 8 drams.
Just three matches to go (at the time of
writing) with Smallford on Feb 6th, Tingrith
on Feb 20 and Felmersham on March 5th.
All the results are here
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We are excited to announce the arrival of
the most exciting range of bait products
for a long time.
Developed by ' Sticky Baits' the
range is mainly put together using pure
bloodworm extracts in the form of 2 or 4ml
feed pellets, 4,6,11ml soft hooker
pellets, 12,15ml dumbell hair rig pellets
as well as method mix, sticky bag mix for
pva stocking and liquid or powdered
bloodworm to use as glugs, dips or bag
Also a great range of PVA bag "liquid bag
it" oils and a range of dips of which are
second to none for staying power on the
bait as they are like a thick syrup.
Basically these products have had rave
reviews after much field testing with
great results and are set to be a huge
thing this season for both match and
specialist anglers alike. carp trade
magazine says "towards the end of last
year the bloodworm revolution started to
filter through to legions of anglers on
the bank with Jason Callaghan's Sticky
Baits leading the way. If none of our
other predictions come true rest assured
this one will, bloodworm in all its forms
will be massive in 2005.
We are the sole outlet for Sticky Baits
in our area and are expecting a huge
response for these products. we have
stocks in shop now ready to go so why not
lead the way and give it a go. We
are confident that while no bait can
guarantee instant results 100% of the time
that this range when reviewed over the
year will have achieved very impressive
results to those who are loyal to it.
MATCH TOP UP!!!
We have spent a few thousand pound
stocking up on our match section having
perhaps letting it slip to lower levels in
2004. as you can appreciate with such a
vast choice of tackle out there these days
there will always be a problem locating
products you wish to try but we will try
to stock what we consider to be the best
sellers and best value in baits, rods,
reels, luggage and end gear.
STOCK UP TIME!!!!
Now is the time to stock up on your gear
and renew that old tackle, as we have full
summer stock levels in our shop so we hope
to see you soon.