Issue 88

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                             June 2007..


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For what we are about to receive...

From talking to members and assessing feedback on your application forms we know that many of you really enjoy fishing river venues. So it's no doubt that there will be plenty of early starters on June 16th when they re-open for the traditional season.

Scenes from Felmersham

Rivers in fine form. With the wonderful wet and warm weather this Spring all our venues are in fine shape. Working parties have been out improving and enhancing all aspects and the fish have been reported as having spawned and are now ready for catching.

River Lea: Marford and Leasey Bridge received a real boost with a flash flood at the end of May washing away a lot of accumulated silt. The many reed beds and flow deflectors will have ensured that this years fry will have had plenty of sanctuary. The Leasey backwater has been kept tidy and rakes should be available for additional weed dragging if necessary. Remember that pegs are limited on these popular venues and bailiffs will be attending to ensure that start times are strictly adhered to. When targeting barbel ensure your tackle is up to the job as they will be fitting fit. Always allow them time to recover when releasing back into the flow.

River Ouse: Much time and money has been spent in recent months enhancing our fishing at Radwell. We share this fantastic stretch with Vauxhall AC who control the opposite bank. We now have nine platforms on our side that allow our members access to some fantastic fast water pegs - the home of barbel to 16lb and chub to over 7lb. When fishing here please be considerate to Vauxhall members on the far bank. Upstream at Felmersham the club now controls both banks providing access to more of the backwater; reported to hold considerable numbers of tench plus large bream, roach and perch. Well worth a try but travel light as it's a bit of a walk. Consult your membership books for maps.

River Ivel: The club shares many miles of the Ivel with other IPA members. There are some very big fish to be had, barbel over 15lb and monster chub. But it's not easy fishing as the fish can mover over many miles of river. Well worth making the effort for and a complete contrast to the easy fishing at the likes of Marford.

River Colne: Let's not forget that our Troy venue includes a beautiful stretch of the Colne. Last year low water levels meant poor results but with extra water now, the bigger fish will have emerged from their sanctuaries and some good results should be possible for those prepared to explore.


As always, we really need your feedback. Please email in your catch details, good or bad plus pictures that we can publish here. Or post your comments and pics on the club forum - see link on left.

The Big One!

Here's Toadless, our big Leather that lives in the Leather Pit (no surprise) at Moor Mill. Caught most recently by Dave and assisted by son Josh. It's first name terms (or worse) over on the VAC forum so all I can add is that she was caught at the end of May and was a little down in weight at 38.5lb

Rumour has it that there are bigger fish in Troy and Turnford but, for now, she's still our biggest authenticated fish.

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Your Contribution

Two snaps of 'Keith' our 9lb Karrot Koloured Karp that's a regular on the banks at Frogmore match pool. Above is young Stuart McGrath and below is a much older Kev Laird. Keith is about 20 years old and was stocked in Frogmore in 1996



June Specials


Rivers are Running and they're Open!... Good range of Barbel Rods in stock including:


GREYS PRODIGY, 12ft - 1.75 TC - 2 piece - 2 Tops

GREYS PRODIGY, 12ft - 1.5 TC - 2 piece - 2 Tops

RRP 119.99.  VAC discount price 108


RRP 135 VAC discount price 105


RRP 158 VAC discount price 130


VAC discount price 76.49

FOX DUO LITE BARBEL, 11ft - 1.5 TC also 12ft - 1.75 TC in stock from only 90.


We also have a varied and large range of luggage and chairs in stock (super light roving chairs from only 24.99), ready and waiting for the roving river angler!


Chub Hi-Lite Chair - Ultralight 39.99

Chub rigger bag [a great bag for the river angler] 29.99


Discount Baits

VAC members get 5% discount on bait products from

GJW Titmuss



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