Issue 109

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                           March 2009..


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Barbel Bonanza

Our Marford barbel are getting fatter than Hoss (that will confuse anyone under 45). During February, hardly prime barbel time, with foul weather, snow melt and sub-zero temperatures our barbel went on a mega-munch with, seemingly, 9's and 10's coming out daily. As you would expect, winter tactics were the key with maggot and caster accounting for most of the fish reported.


Check out your contribution for the best of the fish reported and look below in awe at the catch pics of what six year old junior member Kyle St. Pierre took on simple maggot feeder whilst fishing with dad Paul. On the last day of February he bagged as follows; barbel of 10lb 9oz, 9lb 11oz, 9lb 6 oz, 8lb 6oz (no pic), 7lb 14oz and 3 barbel from 4 - 7lb with 2 nice chub around 2-3lb.



Paul was obviously kept busy helping his son as he only (only !!) managed three barbel to 9lb along with a good chub. Many of us would be happy with a catch like that after a 250 mile round trip to the Avon so let's not get complacent over the quality of the river fishing on our doorstep. This would be a good time to remind members to abide by the rules for Marford, particularly start and end times, and to ensure they have an unhooking mat and return all fish the the greatest of care. Only one concern, when you caught fish like this aged six it can take a long time to do better.


Back to the Ivel

The Zanderman has been back up the A1 and has reported yet more success on the Ivel including a catch of seven chub to 5lb 6oz. Click the link below to read the article first published on the VAC forum.


Meanwhile, another Ivel fan, Steve Burfoot (left), has repeated his success from the end of last season with this bag of pole caught quality fish.


Read Keith's full article here (Adobe .pdf format)

Tingrith - important news

Unfortunately our association with Tingrith has come to an end as they have now moved to season ticket only fishing. However, we still have plenty of other associate waters...see below for details.

Smallford Super Pike

Plenty of members like to target pike at this time of the year and we all know that Smallford holds some great specimens. The smaller fish are not too difficult but anything about 10lb is still a bit special.

Therefore, it's a pleasure to print the first pics of a Smallford '20'. Member Jakub Kumsta banked this fish at 21.08 early in March. I wonder if the sores on the mouth are from earlier captures?

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Success at Smallford

Junior page editor Matt Young received this mobile phone pic from junior member Charlie Savage of his best carp so far from Smallford. Details are vague so Charlie, please drop us a line with date and weight.


VAC Forum

Our new forum is still proving very popular.  However we still have many people apply to join who then do not respond when asked to confirm details. Remember, the forum is only for current VAC members and you will need to confirm your details by email to the webmaster before access is provided. If this is not done within 14 days your request will be cancelled.


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Your Contribution

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

Jay Mareachalea hasn't been out as much as he would like this season but a rare trip to Marford produced this 10lb'er.

Junior member Luke Cole had this Marford barbel at 8.02.

Keith Speer catches enough quality fish to warrant his own website. In the worst conditions  and on 'roach' tackle he landed this 10lb'er plus two other barbel.

Danny Arnold had his first ever barbel early in the month on a bunch of maggots. 9lb 12oz so soon to add to our stock of 'doubles'

Couldn't miss this one, even if it's not a barbel. It's the bearded wonder again with the biggest roach ever reported from Marford at a stonking 2lb 6oz. Read the details of Keith's catches on the VAC forum.

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