Issue 139

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

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Six Berth Caravan For Hire, 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.

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07966 394717



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For the first time in the VAC's history a club water has produced a national rod-caught record fish. Subject to verification and approval this magnificent 4lb 10oz crucian beats the existing record by just 7dms.

Lucky captor Josh Blavins struck gold during a campaign at Moor Mill to catch double figure bream. Fishing only during the day, Josh's visits had produced a number of good bream including specimens over 10lb. His method feeder with micro-pellets and an 8mm pellet was proving to be a consistent tactic yet it was still a great shock when the crucian surfaced at the net.

Josh was soon on the phone to local bailiff Keith Speer who ensured that numerous clear quality photos were taken to guarantee that there was no doubt that the fish is a genuine crucian plus he supervised the weighing on three sets of scales, settling on the lowest weight of 4.10 (the other two showed 4.11).

Autumn Match Series @ Riverside

A series of extra matches, the Riverside Autumn Opens, have been agreed.  A maximum of 25 pegs will be used and the water will remain open to members as usual.


The dates, all Sundays, are set to alternate with the existing VAC Championship series as follows:

    Sept 11 & 25   -   Oct 9 & 23   -   Nov 6 & 20


Breakfast from 8am, draw at 9 and fish 10 3.  


6 members / 12 guests (includes 6 day ticket).


Contact details on the VAC Match Page

Annual Stick Float Clinic This Month

The immensely popular annual Stick Float Clinic is to be held on 17th September at Marford Short Walk.
We have the entire short walk section booked for the day, Tea and Coffee will be provided
The day will start at 9.30am with a talk which will cover the following subjects:

Which rods and reels. What bait and how to prepare it. How to feed and where to feed.
Where to fish (watercraft), how to prepare a swim and fish care.

For more information and to book in please see contact Keith Speer on 01727 874167 (6-8pm only please)


As well as signing up on-line (see our Subscriptions page) you can now join 'over the counter' at the Verulam Angling Centre (see ad -right) and pay cash, cheque or credit card.


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.

 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


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VAC Record List



Your Contribution

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

As seen in the Angling Times, this surprise 53lb catfish was caught from Smallford by Roger Tooley. As an illegally stocked fish the club was obliged to have it taken away for re-location.

I can't tell you the captor's name but this catfish came from our consortium waters at Turnford and went 42.04 on the scales.

Matt Gordon-Smith was delighted when this barbel, his 2nd ever, went 9.04. From Marford of course.


You might strike gold at Riverside with this 5lb koi. Often seen but rarely landed - bailiff Gary Lilley was the lucky man

Taylor Cerri with a 12lb Riverside mirror


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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