Issue 164

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                      November 2013..

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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.

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Monster Mash...

Fishers Green, our consortium venue on the River Lea is probably the best monster chub water in the UK at the moment. Of course, it's not an easy venue but time and effort can be rewarded with the biggest chub you will ever see. That was the approach that member Darren Hales took and this season his time and effort continue to be rewarded with a number of big chub including this 8.06 PB to follow up on earlier fish of 8.02, 7.02 and 6.08 plus a number of big barbel to 16lb (see our July  & August editions).

 Another PB to report, and a venue record as well, is VAC coach Gary Lilley with this 35.12 mirror from our new carp water near Bishop's Stortford; Lancaster Lake.

Please note that Lancaster Lake is now available to all VAC members on a pre-booking basis only via text to 07966 394717. 

Check out the side-bar pictures (right) for snaps of the other fish Gary and Darren have sent in plus great photos from other happy members.

Also reported, but sadly no photos, are barbel to over 11lb from Leasey Bridge along with big roach to 1.08, carp to 23lb from Smallford and Kempston plus one of 18lb from Frogmore. Remember, our fisheries managers are delighted to hear of catches from their waters so please let us know



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Location, location, location. Amazingly, although the VAC is a St Albans club only 394 of our nearly 2,000 current registrations are St Albans addresses. A recent exercise to map out the spread of our members identified, as perhaps expected, 60% located in Hertfordshire, nearly 350 with London addresses and 152 in Bedfordshire. We also have members in Somerset, Hampshire, Dorset, Lincolnshire and......County Galway !


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

This is Darren's 7.02 chub from Fishers Green

Gary Lilly had this stunning Koi from Lancaster Lake in August

Marford Farm rewarded Simon Balckwell with this 11.05 barbel.

Des Hickey has returned after many years absence to angling and regular trips to Riverside have been rewarded with numerous carp like this near 9lb'er.

James Barber had this super barbel from Marford.


Verulam Angling Centre


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

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777

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