of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 60

February 2005 


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Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2005-06. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



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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 go.

Remember to keep the reports - and pictures coming.

VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news


Your Contribution


I 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 detail.


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

Discount Baits


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 (160kb).


GJW Titmus Ltd Hertfordshire New Mill, Lummer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts,

Tel: 01582 833883

Match News:


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 winds.


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


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 by clicking here

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 fillers.

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.
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.
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.



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