of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 53

July 2004 

(2004/05) - NEW !!


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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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 for all the latest news on club waters:


      01727 835904


Smallford Wallpaper


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Good Practice Guides


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


The Glorious 16th

Despite year-round fishing on many still waters, for most of us the date of 16th June remains magical, symbolising misty dawns by tranquil lily covered lakes seeking tench and crucians.

OK, so we start a week early at Riverside but, as illustrated left in this great dawn pic from peg 11 (thanks to Norman Courtnell), those who had the chance to be at Riverside on the 7th of June enjoyed a traditional tench fishers dawn, followed by plenty of small  tench, crucians, roach and carp. So far during June Riverside has proved that it still has a healthy stock of fish with plenty of carp to nearly 16lb coming out plus bags of smaller fish exceeding 50lb, mostly on pellet and corn.

Even good to see a few of the old dog roach coming out, as well as plenty of plump young un's. Where were all these fish last winter when only small perch and the occasional carp could be caught?

Did the season start well for you? Have you got some good pics, or a story to tell? Well, how about making my job easier and sending them to me? See link below.


Your Contribution

What a surprise, this last month I've had a number of members make the effort to send through some great pics.


Paul Hill had these Smallford beauties back in May, the mirror went 26-10 and came from 'Snags' the common hit the scales at 24-12 and came from 'Bricks' - both falling to Paul's secret boilie recipe. The bent pole was a one-handed snap by Peter Giles whilst hanging onto a 14lb common caught whilst everyone else was off watching England's 1st round match in Portugal. He added some good bream and a 5lb tench, fishing pellet in the Frogmore carpark pool. Not bad for a pole 'newbie'


Send your digital submissions here - or just drop me a line if you have pictures or slides that need scanning.

Match News:

Kev Marslin poses with 82lb of Smallford skimmers, a new five hour match record for the venue. It's been good to see a number of new faces on our matches. This seasons fixtures are now on-line, just click here to find them and a summary of our popular match section.


Membership News:

The VAC continues to go from strength to strength with membership again over 1000 including 136 new members.


Waters Wanted:

If you know of any still or running waters that the VAC may be able to invest in please contact the fisheries chairman, Barry Killinger, on 07966 394717 (before 9.30 pm please) or via email to the Secretary  Just click here 



Thanks to secretary John Trew for these snaps: Felmersham has had a number of swims opened up this year and we've also got some new platforms at Radwell.


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.



What's New? :

Nevis Techpore clothing (mossyoak camo waterproof, wind proof and breathable) carpers jacket 85..


Three-quarter length quilted jacket 115.


Trousers with kneepads 65..


Click on our website to view the shop, special offers, and second hand list. Best selection of carp, match, game and sea tackle in the area.


July offer !!!!!!!! Good discounts given to all VAC members .

Chub Snooper 3 leg bed with cushion and wellie wipe included. pay rrp 125.99 and receive FREE fox folding guest chair worth 20.00


(baby not included)

Free Fridge (save me taking it to the dump)

 600cm high under-unit style Hotpoint fridge. Works fine but has been used for bait storage for 10 years. Now got a bigger one !

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