Issue 123

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                          May  2010..


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Fishing, golf, sun & sand

 2 bedroom family apartment to rent on the Costa Del Sol.


Special Offer

May - Just 240/WK


Some school holiday dates still available


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Luxury 8 berth caravan to let - White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall

The caravan is sited on this 5 star award winning holiday complex which is also one of the top coarse angling centres in the country comprising 15 lakes.

 Open from March to October inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on

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Aldenham Reservoir,

(yet) another water for the VAC


Now we are spoiling you... last months magnificent news was that the Verulam Angling Club are now part of the Fishers Green Consortium, offer members access to some of the biggest chub and barbel in the UK. This month we have news of yet another water now available - and coming next month, news of yet more waters still to come !!!


Aldenham Reservoir, close to the A1 near Elstree and Borehamwood, has a glorious history of specimen fish and was also capable of 50lb bags of roach. In recent years, cormorants, crayfish and dense weed have impacted upon the fishing although massive carp, pike, bream and tench are known to still be resident.

The fishery is now available to current VAC members on a limited basis as some of the finer details are still being negotiated. In time, the club hopes to re-introduce the use of boats on the reservoir, as was the case many years ago, which allows access to some of the better swims on the reservoir. Bank fishing continues to be restricted to the same areas on the north and east banks and day ticket sales will also continue.


More details on access to Aldenham and any special restrictions or notices will be circulated via e-news to all members who have registered their email address plus will be included with your new season's membership pack. Anyone particularly keen to fish Aldenham now and anyone keen to assist with bailiffing and fishery duties should email Barry Killinger (details on the Contacts page).

Riverside Road - open for coarse fishing from Monday 10th May

Membership for 2010-11 Season

Existing members should receive invitations for renewal early in May. Some 1,800 were posted on Friday 30 April so if yours does not arrive by Friday 7th May it could be that you have moved and not updated your details or simply it's lost in the post.


We have not yet implemented on-line payments therefore the process for renewal is the same as previous years in that you tick the membership(s) you require, plus any extras, add up the costs and send back the completed form plus cheque payment and two passport photos (if we've not already got your picture from last season). Please remember to include an A5 SAE.


Do not worry if you do not get a form or mislay yours as you can renew on-line via Member Services. Once you have completed your details you will need to print out and post back the form with payment and pictures if applicable.


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New memberships follow a similar process. Simply click this link to register yourself as a new member on Member Services and complete the form carefully. Select the membership and extras you require, print out the completed form (remember to select Print to Fit so that all the columns are included) and post back with an A5 SAE to the address provided. Please either upload your passport style photo or include two copies with your form as we print your picture directly onto your membership card. Please DO NOT CREATE a new account if you are an existing VAC MEMBER.


Additionally, new member forms will be available from local tackle shops in May.


Remember, that unless your email address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To check and update your details see the Subscriptions page

Picture Perfect?

Club DB, our excellent member database, is now serving us well with members able to log in and update their details at any time.


However, a large number of members have not yet sent in or uploaded a passport style picture which we will need to print up your next membership card. We believe we have now resolved some the technical difficulties but for those who cannot upload a suitable picture please find time to either email your photo (quoting ID number) or pop a picture in the post to the Registrar. More details on the Subscriptions page.

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites



VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.


VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

 1 off all day tickets for VAC members


VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge


Your Contribution

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

The VAC trout section has had a record season with great fish like this 6-11 beauty landed by Brian Gear.

Dawn on the Island Lake at Moor Mill where plenty of carp been showing recently

Troy Lake doesn't get many mentions on here but bailiff George Chambers has found some fish including this super 26-14 mirror

Tony's Lake at Frogmore holds some genuine crucians. Dave Canning had this little beauty.

Tony's Lake also holds some nice perch. Nick Darke had this one on a small surface plug along with some barely bigger than the plug !



Verulam Angling Centre



VAC bailiff Terry Field is the new owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in Fleetville, St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.


Terry looks forward to meeting VAC members. Equally, non members are welcome and Terry can provide lots of advice regarding VAC waters plus membership forms to get you into the best angling club in the South-East.


You can also call him on 01727 861777

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VAC Record List  


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