of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 47

January 2004 



To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2004. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



Got something to say or had a good catch on club waters - then just click to let us know. 



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VAC members, on production of their VAC club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


Remember to call the VAC HOTLINE for all the latest news on club waters:


      01727 835904


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Good Practice Guides


Happy Dace are Here Again


Something wonderful is happening down at Marford. Whilst the majority of members are chasing the barbel and carp (reported to 8lb+ and 14lb+ this season) the dace have been making a comeback.


Leave the meat and pellets behind, dust off your stick floats and closed face or centre pin reels and have a go for the dace and roach. In the right swim you should find plenty of hard fighting dace as big as herrings, up to 8oz even, plus plump silvery blue roach to 1lb or more. And, to keep it exciting, you're bound to pick up some greedy chub!   Nice..

Meanwhile, other venues reports include:

Smallford: Plenty of small fish in the deep bay, plus pike to 18lb and a carp of 27-04 reported.

Riverside: Best results late in the afternoon. Bags of small carp to 6lb on pellet from their usual haunts, odd roach and bream.

Leasey: Small barbel and chub all over, a roving approach can work when the venue is quiet.

Frogmore: All lake levels now at max. Plenty of small carp and the occasional eight pounder from the match lake. Pellet and diced meat working well. Carp to double figures, plus nice tench, skimmers and big perch reported from the car park lake; chopped worm and caster best.

Ouse: Whispers of double figure barbel and very big chub. All very secretive. Please share

For the latest news, contact the hotline on 01727 835904.

Trout Section Annual Meeting - 19th January 2004

 The 2004 meeting will be held in the club meeting room at Riverside Rd on Monday 19th January 2004 at 19.30. The agenda will be; 


  1. Minutes of 2003 annual meeting held on 29 January 2003.

  2. Matters arising

  3. Report on 2003 season

  4. Action to improve catch rate in 2004 and Season tickets cost

  5. Report on possible Frogmore Lake 1 as a trout fishery.

  6. Election of Officers

  7. Trout Section “Outings” for 2004

  8. Trout competitions and Dave Marlborough Trophy

  9. Any other business

Your Committee are concerned that the poor catch rates and access problems of 2003 could result in reduced applications in 2004. We plan to stock in greater quantity at the start of the season as well as increasing the overall stocking level. We have agreed with Fisheries to improve casting access by the removal/pruning of trees and bushes and to make the Cormorant protection more fly fishing friendly. We hope we can continue to receive your support to make the 2004 Season as enjoyable as past years. 

Attendees will be given priority in selecting their preferred fishing day. Those unable to attend should contact Carol Pickering on 01727 767409 ASAP thereafter to reserve their preferred date

 * * * Half Season Membership Now Available  * * *

As in previous years, the VAC is providing half-price membership from 1st October until June 2004. Click here for details.




Please report any sightings of cormorants on club waters to the fisheries chairman, Barry Killinger, on 07966 394717 (before 9.30 pm please) or to the Secretary by email Just click 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

What’s new??

As carp rods seem to get cheaper and better by the week two new models have reached a new level in top quality rods at a budget.


Firstly the JRC L.M carbon carp rod has to be seen to be believed (amazingly thin blank, thinner than most rods over £100.00) other features include :-

12ft 2.5lbtc

100% carbon

True compound taper

Woven carbon spigot

Aluminum oxide rings

Stainless butt cap



Secondly the new Wychwood “rogue” carp rods in 2.5 2.75 3lb tc 12ft competes alongside the fox warrior carp rods in price and performance but even more pleasing to the eye with a superb interwoven carbon blank sells at an amazing £49,99 (up there with rods double the price) both rods in stock, you have to see them to believe them.


Happy New Year!! To all V.A.C members and Queensway Angling customers.


Please click on our website above to browse, and regularly updated second hand list.


Feel free to phone or e-mail for quotes on all leading brands.


Clearance Bargains

Team England Drennan 12’6 action waggler (crisp action, spliced tip down to 10oz h/lengths) RRP £147.00 now only £99.99

Team England 13ft Drennan distance float ideal all round rod up to large wags at distance, great line pickup, will bully big fish right to the net! RRP £167.50 now only £110.00

Drennan IM9 14ft float classic all-rounder RRP £260.00 now only £150.00 (1 only)

January special

20% discount of Trakker 1 or 2 man armadillos (limited stock)


GOOD FISHING IN 2004!!        MARK

Your Contribution

Riverside Carp

Your wonderful website editor popped down to Riverside on the day after Boxing day to bag six carp on pole and pellet. These three came on the first three put-ins before a change of weather conditions prompted a change of swim and three more carp around the same size soon followed.



Also at Riverside, member Paul Hewett took time out to bag a few Autumnal shots back in October.

Thanks Paul, looking forward to your next batch.


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