Issue 136

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       June 2011..

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Fishing, golf, sun & sand

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Six Berth Caravan For Hire, White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall  

The caravan is sited on this 5 star award winning holiday complex which is also one of the top coarse angling centres in the country comprising 15 lakes.

 Open from March to October inclusive.

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New members always welcome

Never say never they say. Well the VAC has never closed its doors on new members and all the signs are that season 2011-12 will build on the success and growth of 2010-11.

It's true that some do ask if we should put a cap on membership numbers. Always, the response to this is why? Because, aside from the very popular Marford short-walk and on the occasional sunny Sunday at Riverside and Frogmore, our waters always have plenty of space. Rather than restrict numbers the VAC's policy of adding at least one new water a year (we now have almost 20 venues to choose from) ensures that we can offer one of the most diverse portfolio's of any angling club in the South-East.

On the subject of new waters, a reminder, our most recent addition, our freehold lakes and stretch of river at Bellows Mill opens to members on June 16. Following extensive reworking, Mill Lake is now a general coarse fishery and also a 'carp-free-zone'. Aside from the grass carp of course. Ford Lake is being developed as a trout fishery. The river stocks are a bit of a mystery but chub, pike, roach and perch can be seen.

Bream there, done that!

Riverside bailiff Gary Lilley enjoyed a bumper day fishing the feeder at Riverside with good fish coming regularly throughout the session. Using bunches of maggots he had plenty of carp around the 5lb mark with a best of 9lb plus numerous bream. These ranged from 2lb to this new venue record of 4.10. OK, so that's small compared to many of our other venues but everything is relative and Gary was rightly pleased with this highlight to his estimated 80lb catch.


All membership cards for Season 2011/12 will be sent out in early June. Existing members can use their current tickets up until June 15. If you are looking to join the VAC (good decision) then you can apply on-line now. See Subscriptions

Existing Members: Please read the next two items as still too many of you are not providing email addresses and photos!!


Remember, that unless your email address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To check and update your details see the Subscriptions page

Picture Perfect?

Club DB, our excellent member database, is now serving us well with members able to log in and update their details at any time.


However, a small number of members have not yet sent in or uploaded a passport style picture which we MUST HAVE to print up your next membership card. We believe we have now resolved some the technical difficulties but for those who cannot upload a suitable picture please find time to either email your photo (quoting ID number) or pop a picture in the post to the Registrar. More details on the Subscriptions page.

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites



VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.


VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

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VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge


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Your Contribution

Don't be shy, send your catch pics to the webmaster...  

Possibly another venue best, young Billy Sheed-Davision had this 9.06 bream from the Island Pit.

Also from Moor Mill is this chunky mirror for Jake Hughes


Over to Smallford to report on this rarely seen 30lb plus fish...details are on a need-to-know basis.



Verulam Angling Centre


VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in Fleetville, St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777


Summer's coming 


With the weather warming up soon why not pop in and stock up on bait from some of the latest ranges:








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