Issue 141

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       November 2011..

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Carp Crusaders

No-one can argue that carp, in all their shapes, sizes and variants have been the salvation of freshwater angling with many anglers, particularly youngsters, fishing for nothing else. The VAC has long embraced this fashion and offers waters holding smaller 'match carp', runs waters with plenty of doubles and a few waters where 20's, 30's and perhaps bigger swim wild.

Smallford, our members-only water near Hatfield, has a foot in both camps with a good head of carp from upper singles up to a few, rarely seen, 30's. But size isn't everything and whether or not carp are your thing, few can deny that this chubby mirror is a handsome fish with scales like saucers and colours like a forest in Autumn.

Landed at the end of October by Rob Burgess, she tipped the scales at 25-08 for the benefit of those who like to know such detail.


His pal, Jake Hughes, has put in the hours over a Moor Mill and has had the success he deserves. Amongst the highlights is this ancient Common. How big, Jake didn't say...does it matter?


Valid from 1st November, a half-season membership can now be purchased. This provides access to all VAC waters and is valid until 15th June 2012. You can sign up on-line (see our Subscriptions page) or you can now join 'over the counter' at the Verulam Angling Centre (see ad - right) and pay cash, cheque or credit card.


The VAC's freehold fishery at Bellows Mill near Eaton Bray continues to see steady improvement and development.

Members of the VAC's trout section are enjoying great sport in Ford Lake (more details on the Trout pages). And the coarse fishing on Mill Lake is continuing to throw up great fish with big perch, tench, roach etc. plus grass carp to 28lb!!

If you've not yet visited this beautiful fishery then see it now in it's Autumn glory before winter arrives - enjoy the view and the fish become a bonus.
Christmas @ Riverside
The VAC's popular Christmas match at Riverside is on Sunday 11th December. The day kicks off with a belly-busting breakfast and post match chills are eroded by a glass or two of mulled wine. We also run a raffle on the day so, when you book in with Brian (see the match pages), please make a note to donate a suitable prize. And, hopefully, it will not be frozen this time !!

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

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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.

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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...  

Andy Zneimer set his alarm early for a crack at Marford's peg 9 and was delighted with this double. No scales to hand but estimated at 11lb..

Dave Baker dropped into a swim after a recent match at Riverside and quickly popped out this 12.12 mirror and a smaller sample on method feeder.

Gary (Lucky Spong) Stewart had a great day out on the  the VAC Specialist's trip to Rutland netting zander like this beauty.


Tin Tin has recently taken up carp fishing and, his dog, Snowy loves to watch the water for rolling fish.



Verulam Angling Centre


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

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777


Time for Autumn!


But don't worry, some of the best fishing starts now so pop in and stock up on bait & tackle from some of the latest ranges:



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