Issue 108

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                       February 2009..


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New Kids on the Block

As none of us are getting any younger it's important that the VAC does all it can to encourage junior anglers to get off to a good start. One way we seek to achieve this is through the hard work of the VAC's junior rep. Affectionately known as 'Foxy' (he loves Fox branded tackle), Matt Young (3rd from the left below) is working hard to bring fresh ideas and fresh blood to the junior section


Organising a junior match for 21st December was a great step forward although, as expected, poor weather and Christmas shopping reduced the numbers on the day from some 20 names to just seven. Perhaps no surprise that Matt, who is at Frogmore most weekends, won with a reasonable 6-14 but there was no lack of effort and enthusiasm from the others on a day when an influx of cold water put many fish off the feed. In second place with an excellent 4-14 was the only female in attendance, Chloe Muir. Hopefully we'll see Chloe and the rest of these likely lads out on the junior, ladies and seniors series this coming summer.


Matt is formulating numerous other ideas and would welcome feedback. For example a dad's n lads (or similar combination) pairs match has been suggested. Also coaching days on pole fishing, lure fishing etc. at suitable venues. If you would like to register your interest and support please get in touch with Matt; his details are on the Juniors page.


Results L-R:

Chloe Muir Kieran Hodges Matt Young Max Monk Elliot Rowe Bradley Wiffen Dom Rickard
4.04 0.04 6.14 0.06 0.05 1.04 0.03


Christmas Eve on the Ivel

Whilst most of us were making final arrangements for Christmas Day our roving super specialist Keith Speer was getting his present early in the form of a bag-up session with a shoal of Biggleswade chub.


 As usual, Keith has documented every detail in the article which he posted on the VAC forum. If ever there was a good reason to join the forum (remember, VAC members only) this is it.


Read the full article here (Adobe .pdf format)


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VAC Pike Match

The VAC Specialist Committee held a pike match at Moor Mill on Jan 17th. Sorry no pictures seem to have been worth circulating but the results show that it was a close event.

1st Nick Taylor-Pugh          2 Fish, 6lb 12oz,7lb 13oz                = 14lb 9oz
2nd Bradley Wiffin              2 Fish,  5lb 4oz, 6lb 0oz                  = 11lb 4oz       
3rd D. Canning (Nelson)     1 Fish,  7lb 5oz                               =   7lb 5oz   
4th John Hussey,              1 Fish,  5lb 8oz                               =   5lb 8oz
5th Kev Marslin,                3 Fish, 1lb 1oz, 1lb 0oz, 2lb 5oz       =   4lb 6oz
6th Ray Herbert,               1 Fish,3lb 0oz                                  =   3lb 0oz

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Winter fishing at Frogmore

Junior page co-editor Dom Rickard has documented a recent trip to Frogmore for the Junior pages. Check out, in his own words, how many carp (unlike in the picture) he didn't catch !!


VAC Forum

Our new forum is still proving very popular.  However we still have many people apply to join who then do not respond when asked to confirm details. Remember, the forum is only for current VAC members and you will need to confirm your details by email to the webmaster before access is provided. If this is not done within 14 days your request will be cancelled.


Please note that Hotmail users need to check their junk folder for automated replies from the forum software. We have a number of applications fail where the member has not seen our replies. Also, be careful to check you have entered your email address correctly.

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Your Contribution

Don't be shy, send your catch pics to the webmster...  

Here's young Chloe with her bag of skimmers, roach and rudd from the December Junior Match at Frogmore

Here we have Santa's little helpers in the form of Danny Marsland, his dad Peter and pal John Gray,  All hooked and landed barbel within minutes of each other. A great start to their Christmas.

This barbel pic shows Marford's biggest at 10-08 held by captor John Gray. Added to the VAC forum gallery 'Boycie' aka Danny Marsland.

The Moor Mill massive are truly hard core and will sleep through frosts, snow and cyclones for the chance to land 'Toadless'.

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WINTER...urgh! !


Don't let the weather get you down. If it's too cold to fish then what better time to treat yourself to some new tackle.


So pop down to Queensway and take a look at their latest offers including:

  • Preston / Korum double layered neoprene boots fully waterproof/warm 39.99

  • Korum specimen landing net and handle 24.99

  • Chub Relaxer Recliner chair 54.99

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