Issue 97

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                             March 2008..


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Important Notice : Access to Aylesbury Arm (Tring AA water) for VAC members starts 1st April

Ever Ready Roach

It's a matter of fact that all Verulam waters contain roach and almost all have specimens exceeding the magic two pound! Even targeting the 1lb plus specimens isn't easy when there are so many other fish likely to find your bait first. It helps to know that at Frogmore a caster fished off the bottom might just find one of the big roach generally missed by those aiming for the carp and, at Riverside, the last hour before darkness is when they feed best.


The specimen below, proudly held by General Committee man Keith Speer, was caught at Marford on a single caster and stick float. But he had to endure many nuisance fish such as a 10.07 barbel (see right) before one of Marford's super roach finally took the bait.

Don't forget that our river venues close from March 15th to June 15th inclusive.

After some months of neglect, the VAC Specialist Site, which aims to cater for members targeting our big carp, barbel, pike and other popular species, is being re-launched. It will feature a new yet familiar style and will be edited by carp angler and IT enthusiast, Dave (Duch) Hillier. Dave is keen to receive your contributions and feedback...simply follow the links.

VAC Forum re-launched

Following a review of the VAC forum management process the 'all-new' forum is open for business.

On the surface it looks similar but we have simplified the sections, moved the hosting to BT and implemented greater controls over access. To register, simply following the link from the Forum button, taking heed of the terms and conditions.

As new applications are manually vetted (and we all have day jobs), please be patient if approval of your request to join the forum takes a few days. It is vitally important that only bona-fide members can post on the forum and that any inappropriate postings, as defined in the T&Cs, can be dealt with in the proper manner.

Trout Fishing @ Riverside Road

A reminder that Riverside Road has now closed for coarse fishing, reopening on 12 May.

For more information on our trout fishing please select the Verulam Trout link on the left.

Long way from Watford

Not that we normally mention the angling exploits of other club's members but 'father of a friend' Tony Kafetz spent some of his kids inheritance on a fishing trip to Thailand and landed this potential world record Arapaima of 86kg (about 190lb). Not on a waggler and a piece of flake I bet!

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Your Contribution


Keith's barbel above is the biggest in Marford at 10.07. There are two (at least) 9lb'ers in there as well.

This pigeon chested dace weighed 1lb 1oz and is a record for Marford and the VAC. Possibly the biggest ever from the River Lea? Member Steve Bowen is proud captor.


Webmaster and new VAC Champion Stan Kiddle took second place on the last match of the season with three big chub to 4-13. For more info on VAC matches click the Match link on the left.


Rest In Peace 'Keith'. As reported in February, this popular Koi at Frogmore died some 12 years on from first being stocked. However, unknown to everybody, it seems she had a twin as her slightly smaller sister (8lb13oz) was landed in a recent match.

Like 'Keith' she is completely orange with mottled black markings. And, as it was I who caught her, I think I will name her Kylie.


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