of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 59

January 2005 


To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2004-05. 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. 

Or start a thread on our new forum and see what other members think.





Remember, our Junior Section needs YOUR contributions..........


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 01727 835904  

for all the latest news on club waters:


     Good Practice Guides


Health & Safety


Fishing, golf, sun & sand - 2 bed family apartment to rent on the Costa Del Sol.


Dear Member

I am glad to have this opportunity to be able to wish all members seasonal greetings. An ever growing number of VAC members now have access to the internet, and this makes it very much easier for the club to communicate with members.

So, I  wish all members a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and Tight Lines in 2005.

Best Wishes,    Brian Bangs     President VAC

Mixed Bag

I have a passion for Riverside Road. Full of fish yet, particularly in the colder months, can be a real challenge. And, be honest, we fish for the challenge don't we?


So, I was keen to try out my latest ideas on the recent Christmas match (me and 23 others). Five hours without a bite on peg 11 and I was in the majority. Yet others caught and three weights over 20lb were recorded, 26lb being top on the day - well done Roger Smith who went from 3rd to1st with an 11lb carp hooked 5min from the whistle. Fourth place Kev Hawes recorded at least 14 small carp in his 18lb bag. Yet you could count the number of silver fish caught on one hand and not one perch. Yet last year I had about 80 small perch for 3-11 - where have they gone?


So, keen to prove a point, I popped back after the Christmas break with some two-week old pinkies and a pinch of casters and proved I had the right method once I had found the fish. About 5lb, not a big total weight, in under four hours fishing, but I had bream, skimmers, roach, rudd and hybrids, mostly on caster fishing light and long. All in all, very satisfying and a great change from carp!


Remember to keep the reports - and pictures coming.


VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news

Trout Section Meeting

We are pleased to announce that as a result of the decision at last months EGM trout fishing will continue at Riverside until a suitable new venue is found.

The Trout Section Annual Meeting will be held in the VAC club meeting room at Riverside Road on Wednesday 12th January 2005 at 19.30 hrs. The Agenda will be;


1. Minutes of 2004 meeting 6. Election of Officers.
2. Matters arising 7. Possible new waters.
3. Report on EGM held in November 2004. 8. Trout section competitions and outings for 2005.
4. Report on 2004 season. 9. Any other business.
5. Action to improve quality of fishing & proposed season ticket cost.  

Attendees will be given priority in selecting their preferred fishing day.  Those unable to attend should contact John Youngs on 01582 833678 or Brain Gear on 07795 262281 thereafter to reserve their day.


The 2005 season will start on Friday 4th March running for 10 weeks and finishing on Thursday 12th May.  In an endeavour to improve the sport and ease the losses to Cormorants we intend to aim for a minimum size of 1.3/4 lb and increase fish density in the earlier part of the season.

Because of the reduction from an 11 to a 10 week season we are planning to adjust charges to 65 for a 10 week ticket, a 5 week ticket will remain at 35, day tickets to continue at 7.50 for VAC club members, a VAC member can bring guests cost 13.50 inclusive of the cost of a VAC guest ticket currently 6.  These charges are provisional and subject to the approval of our Annual Meeting in January and the VAC General Committee.

We plan the usual open Fishing Match in memory of Dave Marlborough at the end of the season, probably a Friday, details will be put on the notice board.  Also we will be organising day trips to Elinor and other venues, details again on notice board.


Your Contribution


Here's 15 years old member Scott Bartlett with an 11lb pike caught back in late August from Smallford on deadbait.


There's been some good numbers of pike reported from Smallford recently although 18lb or so seems to have been the biggest so far. If you fancy a go yourself remember an unhooking mat and the right hook extraction tools.


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 Titmus's in Wheathampstead offer VAC members a nice 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:


Dan-the man came 3rd for a change !


All the results are here


Half Price Membership:

At the end of October membership was up again, now at close to 1200. The committee have agreed to release a limited number of half season/half price tickets.. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, if you wish to apply download the form (Adobe PDF format) by clicking 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

Now the season is in full swing have a browse on our website or come and have a look at our new shop layout.


Now in stock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Solar V6i and V8i bite alarms 59.99 and 79.99




Fish and Blood with fresh orange freezer baits 15and 18ml. Also pop ups, Dips, and new betaine pellets flavoured with Fish Blood + Orange 3 + 6 ml.

now selling large quantities of this bait with great results coming in of good catches on hard , pressured waters.

                                     HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!!


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