of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 64

June 2005 


Subscription Details new for 05-06

Match Calendar - new for 05-06


To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

Due to water level issues no bookings will now be taken for Frogmore for season 2005-06.


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





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


 Discount Baits

VAC members get 5% discount on bait products from Titmuss's.

Click to download the Price list (160kb).

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  Fully booked until November 05

NOTE: Two keepnets required for Frogmore evening match on Thursday June 30th

For what we are about to receive..........................


This month sees the traditional start of the season. Many members will be heading for our river venues on the Lea, Ivel and Ouse. Judging by the quality and quantity of fish seen on pre-season recces many of you should enjoy some good opening day catches.


Over the last month our year-round venues at Frogmore and Smallford have produced good catches and down at Riverside, which opened on May 15th, the new stock of small carp has provoked a feeding frenzy amongst the natives and many 50lb+ bags have been reported. Along with the small carp the big un's are showing around the lake plus nice tench, quality roach and bream along with battling crucians.


Right we have Brian Lakin with a beautiful 'butterscotch' ghostie from peg 8

She's a 'Lady'

Congratulations to "London" Tony, who has just bagged the new common from Smallford at 32lb and called her 'Lady'.


The fish, seen right with Barry Killinger at the time of stocking a few weeks earlier, was caught on a short day session and he bagged another fish at 22lb as well.

Discount Bait

A reminder...

VAC members get 5% discount on bait products from Titmuss's - but you must have your membership card with you. They have a great range of pellets, seeds and groundbaits in bulk sacks. Why not club together and save yourself and your mates a tidy penny.


Your Contribution:

It's been a good month for contributions from our snap-happy members:


Life member Ash Adams enjoyed the fruits of his labours down at Frogmore where pole fished pellet fooled this venue best 18lb common.

Despite using relatively heavy tackle the fish took over 30mins to land

Committee member Dan Patrick has been showing off down at Smallford again with yet another 25lb carp on pole tactics. Fishing close to rushes this carp was the highlight of a day that include three 6lb+ tench

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Also at Smallford, venue bailiff Paul 'Chelsea' Hill had a good fish tether itself forcing a 'nut-shrinking' swim to release the fish (and oh dear, after all the hassle it came off).

Still, at least he got to finish his ciggy :)

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Below we have two nice pix of fish from Marford Longwalk. Not much detail from contributor 'Lid' who posted these on our forum. Just look at the weird mouth on that chub. BTW, plenty of small barbel (<1lb) can be seen down there which bodes well for the future.

Come on lads and lassies, don't be shy. Send me your fishing pix, stories or anything else I can put on our VAC site. Send your digital submissions here -

VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news


Trout News - Record Season for the VAC’s Trout Section

236 Rods caught a record 586 fish, that is just under 2.5 fish per rod per day, and very close to the daily limit of 3 fish. This is the best ever final result in the history of the section.

Thanks to the decision to change trout supplier and stock heavier fish, the average fish weight caught this season was just a fraction over 2lbs, compared to last season when the average was just 1lb.

Highlights of the seasons catches were the fish caught over 3lbs of which some 30 ‘monsters’ were stocked. Of note were Brian Gear’s fish of over 6lbs, while those with fish over 5lbs were, Ken Mourton, Oster Bayne, and Simon Forster. 17 fishermen caught trout over three pounds in weight. Peter Stone took his fish limit each time he fished, to capture a total of 42 fish over the season.

Our first section ‘Away-Day’ to Elinor in early June is sold-out, and bookings for the second in September to Eyebrook (voted No1 Trout Fishery in the Country, in the 2004 ‘Trout Fisherman’ survey) are already high, with early booking reccomended to save disappointment.

We have already started planning for an equally exciting 2006 season, when we hope to see many newcomers coming to try fly-fishing out. We ran two very successful free Fly Casting Lessons in the 2005 season attended by 10 Club members learning the ropes. A high proportion of those will join the section next season.

With ticket prices to VAC members more than 60% cheaper than local commercial trout fisheries the demand for season tickets is likely to be high for next season. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, to obtain season ticket prices, general info, application forms, details of our free introductions to fly-fishing, and the opportunity to join our ‘Away-Days’, register your name, address, and e-mail with Neil Roberts 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 by clicking here

NEW IN STOCK!! - 1 man (Tracker) ‘Specimen Armo’ bivvy – NOW IN STOCK @ £169.99

 Wychwood Reaction 2.75 TC carp rods RRP £50.00 – our price £30.00

 Wychwood Rogue bait runners RRP £30.00 – our price £23.00

Carp keep nets, 10ft full carp mesh for only £20.00

JRC four season fleece lined sleeping bag - including summer bed chair cover for those not so chilly nights – special price £80.00 for the pair.


Still available  - Mini Carp Lugger Bags @ £19.99 - Terry Hearn Specialist Bed Chairs @ £50.00

Chub Bivvy Lights (sound activated) – a great piece of kit! Soundlite 1 @ £19.99 - Soundlite 2 @ £24.99

JUNE SPECIAL!!! John Baker Freezer Bait Boilies only £7.00 per kilo - Krunch - Beano - Bio Shellfish

Sticky Baits Bloodworm Pellets – we have the whole range in stock and have heard some great results being reported!

NEW from Mainline - soft feed and hooker pellets - flavoured hemp - all available in Active 8, Strawberry, Active Pineapple, Maple 8


Outstanding Rods! -ICON Carp waggler & feeder rods RRP £50.00 – our price just £35.00


Full Summer stock levels available, please call for a competitive quote on all leading brands.

Queensway Angling is pleased to offer a 10% discount on major items (at RRP) to all V.A.C. members. Why not come over and have a browse? …we’d like to see you.

Hope to see you soon -  MARK

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