of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 56

October 2004 


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Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2004-05. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



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VAC members, on production of their VAC club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


Remember to call the VAC HOTLINE 01727 835904  

for all the latest news on club waters:


     Good Practice Guides


Health & Safety


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Yet again reports have been received of double figure barbel from our Ouse venues...but where's the pictures guys !! Best reported is a 13lb beauty from Felmersham with Radwell doing a 12lb'er and some chub over 6lb from the new platforms


Also good to see are reports of baby barbel at Felmersham and on the Lea at Marford where barbel to 8lb are now being reported plus 'allegedly' a 6lb chub..hmmm. Best carp is now swinging the scales down to 16-04 and there's plenty of big fish showing down on the Long Walk.


Turnford doesn't often get a mention. Not surprising it's being kept a secret when our members are banking carp to 36lb from the Railway Pit and catfish to 23lb from Marsh Pit. Talking of catfish, what was it I wonder that a young lad played for two hours on a 2lb TC carp rod and 8lb line at Riverside recently, only to have the line broken on a hidden snag??


Remember to keep the reports - and pictures coming.


Here's Dan Patrick with the pole caught 25-08 'two-tone' from Smallford

Half Price Membership

At the end of September membership was again at an all time high of 1161. The committee have agreed to release a limited number of half season/half price tickets from 1st October. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, if you wish to apply download the form (Adobe PDF format) by clicking here.


 Your Contribution

Dan Patrick is monopolising this issue. Here he is getting up close and personal with the carp in Rolf's Lake.


Anyone care to add a caption??


Send your digital submissions here - or just drop me a line if you have pictures or slides that need scanning.

Match News:


The annual Officers match was held this year at Riverside and top place went to Neil Anderson with 43lb, a new venue match record. Pole fishing worm and caster on peg 19 his first two carp went 12lb & 13lb ! A week later down at Smallford, life member Ash Adams went all out for small fish and topped the match with 15lb of rudd.


Stan Kiddle (your webmaster) took 2nd place in both the above but finally came good on the GUC near Leighton Buzzard on Sunday 3rd Oct with just over 20lb including a nice double figure carp.

All the results are here


Frogmore News:


The VAC has had to concede defeat for now on the car park pool and all fish have been removed from the remaining few inches of water; tench and crucians have gone into Tony's Lake with the last of the carp plus bream and large numbers of small fish into the match lake.


It's too early to say what action will be taken but a number of plans are being drawn up to make the lake viable again.


Remember to check the hotline before visiting on a weekend as a number of matches are booked.

Health & Safety

All members must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that they, plus other members and the general public are not put at risk when fishing. A couple of items of good advice have now been added to this website and can be found by clicking the link on the left hand column towards the bottom.

Visit Queensway on the web at or click the logo

Each month, Queensway Angling are offering special offers exclusively to VAC members.


Please phone for instant quotes - 01442 254723 - or email

Now the season is in full swing have a browse on our website or come and have a look at our new shop layout.


The great end of Summer clearout continues!!!!!

40% off all Drennan rods (offer applicable to shop stock + excluding series 7 range and second hand rods) Nash Titan Viper 1/3 off now only 199.99 (one only in stock)

Nash 2 3/4 t.c 12ft Hooligun carp rods 65.00 each ( 2 left) prepare for winter now!


30% off all fleeces including Trakker, Drennan + Korda ( offers from stock only)


BARBEL BAIT!! John Baker barbel freezer bait. savoury spice, frost and flood, original barbel mix. super offer RRP 11.99 kg special promotion price 8.00 kg.


Now in stock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TFG (Total Fishing Gear) without doubt the most exciting new range of fishing tackle now available. top quality clothing, rods, boots and terminal tackle. a must to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Click on our website to view the shop, special offers, and second hand list. Best selection of carp, match, game and sea tackle in the area.


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