of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 52

June 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


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BIG bags at Smallford


Dennis did well to land this lump on light pole tackle


Smallford, along with our Frogmore complex, is open all year round. This deep water is favoured for it's carp fishing with numerous specimens to nearly 30lb - sadly the new 41lb fish died recently..


But there's plenty of other species to attract members and those in the know have been having some great bags of bream and tench during May. Young Dennis Revell is included in this elite bunch and although on this occasion he didn't break the 'ton' he did claim over 70lb of quality bream to 5lb+ along with this bonus 15lb 9oz linear mirror. All caught on pole tactics with pellet to a 16 hook and 3lb (0.12mm) line.


Other fish reported recently include bream to 9lb, tench to over 7lb along with plenty of small fish and perch to 2lb.


Meanwhile, down the road at Frogmore, Richard Bateman made an early start on the Car Park lake and, by midday, had recorded 17 carp averaging over 8lb for an estimated total of 140lb. Both lakes generally are fishing well with biggest carp reported at 17-08.



Your Contribution

As usual I've been under whelmed with pictures of your catches. Either you're all too modest, don't carry cameras or just can't catch.


So thanks again to the Pringle family for this reminder that Riverside opens on the 7th and is ideal for young and old, male and female - we even have proper toilets !


On the subject of Riverside, at the last count some 170 trout were still swimming free out of the 550 stocked and the water is looking very nice with plenty of fish, particularly single figure carp, cruising around on warm days. Crayfish removal continues as so fingers crossed these shouldn't be a problem. By the way, instead of feeding pellet, try hemp...the carp love it and the crayfish aren't so keen.


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Match News:

The coming 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 54 new members signed up this Spring and overall membership up 48 compared to this time last year (as of 27/05)

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 

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

Last months offers proved popular with a number of VAC members so Queensway have agreed to keep them running for another month and will continue to  offer at least 15% discount off of all match rods over 80.00 (good selection of top quality match rods including Drennan, Korum, Carbonactive, Fox, Harrison).


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.


Trolley (pump up tyres) + luggage bar 40.00



Stock up now on match carp baits and tackle!!


In stock are now the latest Van Den Eynde expander and sinking pellets in all sizes from 3mm up - plus various other pellets from Ton Up and Sensas. Also in stock are Koi-Stim pellets, Dynamite Baits Halibut pellets and matching marine pellet groundbait.


Just need a can of corn or luncheon meat...well that's in stock too, along with meat punches, Korum match hair rigs, paste coils, Preston PR hooks and Drennan hollow elastics up to red (18-20).


Fox A-pod with buzz bars 35.00 (outstanding value for money)

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