Issue 144

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                      Feb 2012. 

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Fishing, golf, sun & sand

 2 bedroom family apartment to rent on the Costa Del Sol.

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Six Berth Caravan For Hire, White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall  

The caravan is sited on this 5 star award winning holiday complex which is also one of the top coarse angling centres in the country comprising 15 lakes.

 Open from March to October inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on

07966 394717



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Snow Joke

After a mild and frustratingly dry Winter we can't moan too much about this months sub-zero temps and snow. The trick now will be to get on the waters once warmer conditions return as the fish will be emerging from Winter slumbers and some good catches will be on the cards. 

Down at Riverside Road the ice and snow give a rare glimpse of the locations of the numerous small springs that pre-date the fishery and fed the water-cress beds that once occupied the site. The slighter warmer water from the springs show as melt-holes on the surface. Remember that Riverside closes for coarse fishing in February for the 10 week trout season. Last day is Tuesday 21st up to 9pm.


Dates for your diary

The 26th AGM will be held on April 18th. Our popular Open Day at Riverside is currently planned for Saturday July 14th.


Match News: Spring 'warm-up' matches are scheduled for April 8th (Frogmore) & 29th (Smallford) plus 13th May at Riverside.

The full 2012-13 fixture list is still being completed. With so many attending, (an average of 25 per match last year) we are having to look for some larger venues. Full details on the VAC Match pages in due course.



A half-season VAC membership can still be purchased. This provides access to all VAC waters and is valid until 15th June 2012. You can sign up on-line (see our Subscriptions page) or you can now join 'over the counter' at the Verulam Angling Centre (see ad - right) and pay cash, cheque or credit card.

Keep a look out for VAC e-news in your in-box as a number of work parties are now being planned. Remember that, unless you are exempt, you need to complete a work party before 1st May or pay the penalty when renewing your membership for next season.

Have We Got Your Email?

Remember, that unless your email address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To check and update your details see the Subscriptions page

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites



VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.


VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

 1 off all day tickets for VAC members


VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge


Discount Baits

VAC members, on production of a valid membership card, get 5% discount on bait products from

GJW Titmuss


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VAC Record List



Your Contribution

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

Keith Speer, our cover star from last month, and numerous times before, flew the flag for the VAC with a great two-page article on trotting on rivers for barbel and chub in the Angling Times recently.


Officially confirmed recently is Josh Blavin's UK record crucian carp at 4.09 from Moor Mill. Well done Josh, shame you have to share top spot with that other chap.





Verulam Angling Centre


VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in Fleetville, St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777


Terry's tackle tickles

Pop in and see what special offers Terry can do for you with bait & tackle from some of the latest ranges:


Closed 16th - 24th Feb

Open Sat 25th Feb

9am - 5pm

Closed 27th - 29th Feb



Normal opening times will resume from 1ST March




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