Issue 96

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                             February 2008..


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Bookings now being taken for 2008. Open from March to October inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on 07966 394717 for further details.


Winter Melody

It's easy to get complacent these days with the generally mild and wet winter we've had but here's a reminder from last year that it's not spring yet.


Keeping the focus on Moor Mill, it's fair to say that it's been fishing its socks off over the last month or so. So good in fact that Moor Mill head bailiff Paul Hill has put finger to keyboard to document the events of a recent weekend visit.


Paul, pictured over on the right with a recent 10lb bream reports as follows:


January. Not traditionally an angler‘s favourite month. More than a few of us choose to stow away the tackle and put our feet up, recharging the batteries for springtime when the fish will start to feed in earnest once again. Not so the thirty-three hardy souls whose tickets I checked on a Sunday towards the end of January at Moor Mill!

I’d gone down to Moor Mill on a Friday night to get a weekend’s carp fishing in; the forecast was for some heavy rain, but with milder weather to follow. I was quite pleased when I found that I had the Island Lake all to myself on the Friday night. This was not to last, however, as by Sunday morning the complex looked like an angling convention in full swing. The weather had turned unseasonably mild, and the anglers had arrived in their droves.


Click here for the full story.

Looking Back

Keeping the nostalgia theme going (who's nostalgic about last years snow you say), here's a snap from the archives of the construction of Riverside Road during 1970. The picture was taken from the golf course side looking across to peg 20.

The young dude in the shades in none other than our club secretary John Trew. Anyone know the names of the others? The young boy will be 40 something now.

Trout Fishing

A reminder that Riverside Road closes for for coarse fishing on Tuesday 26th February and reopens on 12 May. Trout fishing will commence on Thursday 28th February. For more information on our trout fishing please select the Verulam Trout link on the left.

VAC Forum under review


The VAC General Committee have had to address a number of sensitive issues over the last few months which have originated from the VAC forum.


It became clear that greater control was needed to avoid inappropriate and possibly damaging comments being made in the public domain. Therefore the GC agreed to suspend the forum whilst tighter controls over content and access are established. This will also provide an opportunity to review the different sections offered and the processes behind administration and moderation.


Apologies to those of your who are regular users and we hope you will understand and respect the need to instigate this review and any subsequent changes. We expect it to return early in 2008.

Working Parties


A number of members have been making enquiries regarding working parties this Spring.


Whilst the enthusiasm is appreciated the fisheries team have asked you to be patient . Full details on how to book in to a working party on your preferred venue will be published in the next VAC newsletter to be distributed in March.


Details will also appear on this website.




No members to be on the fishery outside of the permitted times which hare clearly marked on your club book. In recent weeks five members have been caught and have put their memberships at risk.

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VAC members, on production of their 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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Your Contribution

Please see photo of my PB Barbel of 9lb 3oz from Marford farm on a cold 25th Jan 08. Float fished 3 maggot, 4lb line 14 hook from the rushes. Rgs Chris Risbridger

Moor Mill head bailiff Paul Hill demonstrates what a double figure Island Lake bream looks like.

Here's a pretty pic of Smallford at dusk from a couple of years back. I'm short on new material...what's the problem out there? We know you're catching so don't be shy, send in your pics.

Rest In Peace 'Keith'. The popular Koi at Frogmore has passed on after  enjoying 12 years and most of the lakes. Never quite double figures she was a frequent visitor to the banks and always seemed in good health.


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