Issue 99

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                                             May 2008..


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Kylie - Especially For You

Despite the recent Spring Warm-Up match at Frogmore not being well attended, 16 year-old Matt Young played safe and fished on Tony's Lake until the match was over. Matt is a regular at Frogmore, often fishing both Saturday's and Sunday's on his favourite Peg 4.


The match result itself was close with low weights topped by just 14lb of skimmers to Roger Smith. This is often the case as the bigger fish somehow know a match is on. After helping with the weigh-in Matt set up on peg 5 (peg 4 was occupied) and within minutes of lowering his pole-fished corn hook bait to the island reeds he was attached to something very big and heavy.


Matt's elastic took the strain and after a long and steady battle he finally had 'Kylie' in the net and recorded as 8lb 13oz.


Matt went on to hook and land several more carp over the next hour easily beating the winning match weight.


Regular VAC readers will recall that your wonderful (and modest) Webmaster landed this beautiful Koi back in February when he won a match with just three carp for 28lb after breaking the ice. This fish was a bit of a surprise as we thought we had only one big Koi, namely Keith, in Frogmore - caught regularly at around 9lb 8oz until he (or she) died late in 2007. It seemed only right that the 'new' Koi should have a name and Kylie it was (something about I should be so lucky). By the way, Frogmore received some additional stocks recently and plenty of bites and quality fish should now be the order of the day (except perhaps in matches)


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VAC Forum

Our new forum is going from strength to strength. Whilst many are happy just to read the catch reports we also have a hardcore of members who mix humour and friendly banter with some good ideas and sensible comments. As with all such things, the value of the VAC forum is enhanced by the numbers of regular users so this is your invite to join in.

 The forum, which is closely monitored by our band of moderators, is strictly for VAC members only and is a great way to keep up with the latest news and to make your opinions known.

However, certain rules are in place to ensure 'fair play' - please read and abide by these to ensure your visit to the forum isn't your last. It is vitally important that only bona-fide members can post on the forum, any inappropriate postings, as defined in the T&Cs, will be dealt with in the proper manner.


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Please note that Hotmail users need to check their junk folder for automated replies from the forum software. We have a number of applications fail where the member has not seen our replies.

Aylesbury Arm - Lower Dixon's Gap - Wilstone 

This Tring AA controlled stretch is a branch off the GUC with moderate boat traffic. A short pound, itís full of far bank features and has centre track depths to 4ft. prolific for carp to 30lb, and good chub to 5lb 6oz. Other species include tench to 7lb, bream to 5lb, perch to 3lb and roach to 1lb 4oz. See last month (via the Archive link) for more detail.

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Still time to book your place on a working party. Don't leave it until the last minute, otherwise you may miss out. The list of officers at the various fisheries, is below . . .

  • SMALLFORD: Alan Moss 07961 842 075

  • RIVERSIDE ROAD: Graham Kenchington 07921 977244

  • FROGMORE: Alan Chinnock 07970 941915

  • MARFORD FARM: Laurie Seymour 01727 765820

  • LEASEY BRIDGE: Lee Chittenden 07940 502059

  • TURNFORD: Andy Munday 07831 637731

  • RIVER OUSE: Colin Downs 07796 335501

  • MOOR MILL: Paul Hill 07826 913705

  • TROY LAKE: Barry Killinger 07966 394717

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Your Contribution


Young Hannah Parker showed the boys how to catch on a difficult weekend at Moor Mill. The 6-08 bream was the only fish landed amongst a dozen or so rods. Spicy Shrimp and Prawn Boilie the magic bait.

Now here's a proper carp. Tom Carey had this 36-08 sparsely scaled mirror (aka Cut-Tail) plus four 20's from a 'VAC water' south of Bedford.

Our man in Spain, Maurice Matthews, reports from the Costa Del Sol that the small carp are feeding well on sweetcorn. Plenty of small carp on the many reservoir venues.

Almost all carp this month. Here's Terry Field with the biggest fish reported in 2008 so far from Smallford. 27.08 on the scales, about time a 30 came out.



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