TROUT GO IN AT RIVERSIDE
The first stocking of trout at Riverside for the 2005 VAC
Fly Fishing season took place on 2nd March in preparation for
the 10 week season which runs from 4 March to 12 May 2005
inclusive. 570 trout at about 2 pounds plus 100 at 3
pounds plus which included some at over 4 pounds have gone in.
Helping Oster Bayne (top right) stock the fish were Ken Mourton
(bottom right) and Neil Roberts who commented “what a great
bunch of fish we got this year from our new suppliers”
Warning! The fish this year are almost double in size
compared to last year with some real “beauties” amongst them so
do remember to use appropriate tackle or you will loose the your
prize fish. Remember to bring your Season or Day tickets as well
as club memberships and Licenses. They will be checked.
Spread the word. A day ticket to VAC members cost £7 with
member accompanied guest tickets at £13.50 (£7.50 Day Ticket
plus VAC Guest Ticket at £6.00). For day tickets contact Paul
Mills with two days notice on 01727 758696. Remember, it is
still a three fish limit but at about two pounds plus each, that
is 5 to 7 pounds of beautiful trout with great sport a day for
£7 this year versus 3 to 4 pounds last! Is that good value or
what? Remember, Season Tickets are still available at £70 for 10
weeks and £35 for 5 weeks. Apply to John Youngs on 01582 833678.
Want to try fly-fishing? Are there any members interested
in having a go at fly-fishing? Some of the older fly fishermen
would be happy to provide tackle and show any VAC members the
ropes and help them get started on this “sport of sports” on a
first come first serve basis, probably after Easter. We could
handle up to six interested anglers and could arrange for a
couple of teaching sessions on a Saturday morning, the first to
check the sport out and have a go at casting over grass, the
second to have a go at catching a trout at Riverside, free of
cost, the first time anyway! Interested? Then phone John Youngs
on 01582 833678 or Oster Bayne on 01582 832916.
VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news
dad and I have had a fantastic season at
Marford Farm. We have kept on fishing
throughout winter, just this week we
caught 16 barbel and 50+ chub (average
2lb+). Our best day was in the summer
with 44 barbel to my PB 7lb 14oz on
floatfished and ledgered pellet.
are some pictures of a few of my best fish
1. Barbel, 6lb 12oz
2. Barbel, 7lb 4oz
3. Barbel, 7lb 14oz
4. 2x 6lb+ Barbel that we caught
5. Tench, 3lb 8oz
6. Carp, 9lb 8oz
7. Carp, 9lb 12oz
8. Carp, 8lb 4oz
9. Carp, 7lb 12oz
Many thanks to the VAC for the
Matt Townend, aged 12
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PRICE LIST UPDATED
Members may recall in a recent e-news a
mention that Titmuss's in Wheathampstead
offer VAC members a nice 5% discount on bait
products. They do a very large range of
pellets, seeds, ground baits etc. plus a
selection from Dynamite Baits and Ton Up
Why not club together with some mates and
buy some 25kg sacks of hemp and pellet?
Empty, clean and dry plastic 2 litre milk
bottles are excellent for storing smaller
quantities when you split the sacks down.
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download the .PDF file of the RRP list
GJW Titmus Ltd Hertfordshire New Mill,
Lummer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts,
Tel: 01582 833883
That man Dan beat chub famine to make Stan
an also ran!
The last VAC match of the current season,
relocated from Riverside to Felmersham
started with just nine anglers braving the
icy riverbank and ended with five blanks.
The pre-match banter was around the
Championship as webman Stan was in lead
postion but Dan Patrick just needed a top
four place to pip Stan to the finishing
line. And, if Kev Hawes could find over 10lb
he was in with a chance as well.
At the whistle Stan had around a dozen chub
and 10 dace whereas Dan had just one chub,
pole caught from the margins at the tail of
the islands. Unluckily for Stan, Dan's chub
went 4-11, knocking Stan's small fish bag of
2-09 into second place and ditto for the
final Championship placing with Dan's TOP 10
(and only) results netting him 745 against
Stan's 737 (from 883). In third place is Kev
Hawes on 691 (out of 761).
Other results now concluded are the Winter
Cup taken by Brian Lakin with Dan in second
place, the Home Waters Cup with Mark Jones
in second place to, you guessed it, Dan
again, and finally, the Canal Cup taken by
John Dean with our other canal ace, Tim
Jones, in 2nd place. Dan was in 25th place !
All the results are here
Above Dan and
below, runner up Stan.
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We are excited to announce the arrival of
the most exciting range of bait products
for a long time.
Developed by ' Sticky Baits' the
range is mainly put together using pure
bloodworm extracts in the form of 2 or 4ml
feed pellets, 4,6,11ml soft hooker
pellets, 12,15ml dumbell hair rig pellets
as well as method mix, sticky bag mix for
pva stocking and liquid or powdered
bloodworm to use as glugs, dips or bag
Also a great range of PVA bag "liquid bag
it" oils and a range of dips of which are
second to none for staying power on the
bait as they are like a thick syrup.
Basically these products have had rave
reviews after much field testing with
great results and are set to be a huge
thing this season for both match and
specialist anglers alike. carp trade
magazine says "towards the end of last
year the bloodworm revolution started to
filter through to legions of anglers on
the bank with Jason Callaghan's Sticky
Baits leading the way. If none of our
other predictions come true rest assured
this one will, bloodworm in all its forms
will be massive in 2005.
We are the sole outlet for Sticky Baits
in our area and are expecting a huge
response for these products. we have
stocks in shop now ready to go so why not
lead the way and give it a go. We
are confident that while no bait can
guarantee instant results 100% of the time
that this range when reviewed over the
year will have achieved very impressive
results to those who are loyal to it.
MATCH TOP UP!!!
We have spent a few thousand pound
stocking up on our match section having
perhaps letting it slip to lower levels in
2004. as you can appreciate with such a
vast choice of tackle out there these days
there will always be a problem locating
products you wish to try but we will try
to stock what we consider to be the best
sellers and best value in baits, rods,
reels, luggage and end gear.
STOCK UP TIME!!!!
Now is the time to stock up on your gear
and renew that old tackle, as we have full
summer stock levels in our shop so we hope
to see you soon.