of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 55

September 2004 


To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

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



Got something to say or had a good catch on club waters - then just click to let us know. 

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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 for all the latest news on club waters:


      01727 835904


Smallford Wallpaper


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Good Practice Guides


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Mixed Bag


It's been all go in August with a number of good fish being reported and some great pictures from members. And, wow, the forum has proved very popular and therefore we should be loosing the irritating pop-ups very soon.


Highlights include:

A number of double figure barbel from our Ouse venues, barbel over 7lb from Marford along with carp to 14lb, good numbers of carp to over 25lb from Smallford including a 24lb fish to Dan Patrick - on the pole !!! Also, low levels on the Frogmore car park lake prompted the transfer of seven carp between 14lb & 20lb to Smallford.


Elsewhere, the club is close to announcing a new water on the upper Lea, and discount access to a commercial water at Eaton Bray. We have also acquired a small stock pond in the St Albans area which will provide fresh stocks of tench and carp and can report a new five hour match record of 168-08 of carp to Steve Burfoot from Rolfs Lake (part of a total of 1,700lb of carp to 24 VAC anglers).

Pictured is forum regular Paul Skinner with one of those big Marford barbel

Half Price Membership

At the end of August membership was again at an all time high of 1114. 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

 Thanks to Bernard Cornish for these pix

No wonder the gudgeon run big at Marford when they have an appetite for 11mm Halibut pellets !! Also at Marford, many get to see it but few put this lovely 10lb Ghostie on the bank. Keep 'em coming Bernie.


Also, check out the new snaps of our junior members on the junior section by clicking one of these pix.

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

Match News:


A determined performance by a dozen VAC match men competing in the Division 3 NFA National on the Stainforth & Keadby Canal could only put them in 34th place out of 51 teams. Kev Marslin had 1.77kg for our top points of 41 out of 51 in his section.


Closer to home, after the big bags of carp at Rolfs Lake it was down to earth on Sunday 5th Sept with 8-08 of small roach and dace for Brian Lakin to win at Sonning on the River Thames.

All the results are here


Trout News:



Sorry about the late notice but the Trout section are having a day trip to Ringstead Grange Trout Fishery.


For more information contact Bob Nutley
Tel No 0208 953 4062 or Mob 07940511053.


E Mail : Tickets cost 17 for 6 fish.  Boats  8 each


Pictured right are Registrar Ken Mourton (left) with Oster Bains and some of their trout from the August outing to Elenor.


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.


End of Summer clearout!!!!!

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.

ABU closed face reels: Queensway have the following s/h reels:

2 x  506, 1 x 501, 1 x 1044,  1 x 507

All VGC , phone for prices

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