of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 73

March 2006




To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 


To contact the webmaster and to send pictures

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. 

But if you've a question about rules, club policy etc. email the  Secretary




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).

GJW Titmuss Ltd Hertfordshire New Mill, Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8RG   Tel: 01582 833883

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What A Year !!

At the end of the traditional season it's worth looking back at the last year from a VAC perspective.


April - A wet warm Spring got the fish moving and Jimmy 'Neutron' had his share at Smallford. Meanwhile, lot's of big trout reported at Riverside and bags of carp at Frogmore

May - We were on a roll with this fine 31lb common stocked into Smallford. Over at Riverside the trout season ended with a final score of 586 to 6lb.

June - Committee members were doing well with Ash Adams landing an 18lb common from Frogmore, and Dan Patrick landed yet another 25lb'er on the pole from Smallford

July - More fresh stocks with two more upper twenties (mirrors) going into Smallford. Dave McGrath broke the Frogmore 3hour match record with 39-15-8 (let's call it 40lb)

August - Be warned, a member was banned for leaving rods unattended. Please respect our rules, remember, the VAC may be watching !

September - after weeks of rumours it was official, the VAC had taken over the former LAA waters at Park St, now promoted under the name of Moor Mill Over a skip full of rubbish was collected.



October - Chris Knight 'discovered' a new 30lb common from Smallford and bad news with the loss of the Batford stretch of the upper Lea

November - 12lb barbel from Felmersham and 5lb chub from Marford were the highlights of a 'carp free' issue. Stories of bags of double figure bream and near 30lb pike from Moormill added interest

December - Santa's sack was truly bursting with carp with many hundreds being added to Riverside and Frogmore match pool. This was followed by the transfer of 60 plus large carp to the Island Pit at Moor Mill.



January - we reported on a brace of 9lb barbel to junior members fishing at Marford and Greg 'Big Man' Barber's 33lb common from Smallford. Perch to over 3lb from Moormill (but sadly no pictures)

February - low clear water and sub zero temps gave many an excuse to take a break from fishing. A brave and (fool) hardy few were still bivvied up around Smallford and Moor Mill, at times having to break the ice to free their lines.

Match News - Paul Bangs recorded his fifth win on our last match of the season to climb to second place with 905 points, but unable to beat organiser Brian Lakin's 915 points. Congratulations Brian (pictured below).

Watch this video - are they skimmers and roach? Remember, no boats allowed on VAC waters !!

Well done to member Mr Wiffin who reported this 16lb pike from Smallford. Looks even bigger to me.


 Keep those pics coming in by

 clicking here



Working Parties:  We have a working party at Smallford on Sunday 12th March from 8-30 till 12-00 noon. If you wish to attend this working party please call Dave McCann - 07956 569358 to book your place.

Additional information regarding working parties for the close season months will be available in the next newsletter which you will receive sometime in March. This newsletter will comprise the Agenda for the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL 2006.

Riverside Road :  Now closed to allow trout fishing. Reopens in May.

Fancy Paint Ball?


A Verulam Angling - Day Out has been arranged for Saturday 3rd June. Click the pic for more detail

Trout News


This new Introduction event will be followed by two separate "Fly Casting" events similar to those we held last year, the first on Sunday 12 March from 10:00 to 12:00 and the second from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Tuesday 28 March.  Booking is essential so we can make sure we have the right number of "instructors".
If interested and still a VAC member, can you let me know and more importantly, book a place on any of the events with the organiser, Neil Roberts on 01707 329107 or click here to e-mail
Hope to see you on the water again, our season starts on Friday 3 March and runs to 11 May with season tickets costing Full 75 (10 days) and Half at 40 (5 days) and Day Tickets for VAC members at 9 all for a 3 fish limit per day.  So far we have sold 34 season tickets which is well up on last year.

Click here to enter the Trout Fishing Section and discover more......................


VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904 for all the latest news

La Carp Arc. Carp Fishing in France:

Former member Pete Swallow, with partner Linda, now have their beautiful fishery ready to open and are offering a discount to VAC members. Recently stocked with many large carp. For more info, click the picture to access his website.

 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


March (down to Queensway) !

With Springtime just around the corner now is the time to dig out your tackle from the garage and top up for the summer.
Full stock levels available in store so come on down and take advantage of our special 10% discount to all VAC. members.
We have a large stock of Drennan ESP clothing including jackets, hoodys, trousers, bib and braces, fleeces and hats. All ESP waterproof clothing is fully waterproof and breathable and extremely comfortable  and stylish.

Also a large range of baits of every type including Boilies, Particles, Pellets, Groundbaits and Pastes.

Hope to see you soon!


New - in stock now
Korum chair trolley kit 44.99 {chair 59.99} - below left Korum tackle bag with 3 bait boxes and 8 tackle boxes 35.00.

KJrc X-LO stalker chair, very light 44.99. Korum unhooking mat with kneeling flap only 10.99

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