The Events Committee would like to know what you think! We've been running for just over a year and have run a variety of fishing opportunities for members and generally the feedback has been encouraging. But are we doing enough of the right things? Please let us have your suggestions and/ or comments - good or bad! Email your thoughts to

Already 2016 is proving to be another successful year for the Events Committee & the members who have participated so far.

With two predator matches held before the end of the traditional close season and a truly excellent Pole Clinic in May (see review below) we have planned a number of Events for the Spring, Summer and Autumn and we are now taking bookings for those that have a date fixed, check out the following list:

2 July - confirmed - Awayday River Avon Britford
16 July VAC Open Day for Juniors at Riverside
13 August Night Fishing Coaching at Frogmore
8 October Lower Itchen trip at Southampton
22 October Stick Float clinic at Marford Farm

As you will see, next up is another opportunity for predator anglers with a Lure & Drop-shot fishing demonstration to be held at Moor Mill on Sunday 5 June. VAC's predator specialist & Events Committee member Paul Chilton will lead the discussion on a branch of the sport that has become very popular but not always correctly or most effectively carried out. Here is the perfect opportunity to hone your technique in good time to prepare for the re-opening on the rivers on the 16th.

On the subject of the rivers re-opening, we plan to have another try at the remarkable specimens to be found in the River Avon on the Britford stretch in one of the weekends early into the new season, subject to conditions being right this time!

Whatever your favourite type of fishing, be sure to take the opportunity to improve your tactics and approach by coming along to the Exhibition of Angling Skills at Smallford on Saturday 18th June.

Book a place today or register your interest by contacting

Pole Clinic Success!

The latest Pole Clinic at Frogmore, held on Sunday 8th May was a great success. The two coaches, Stan Kiddle with the beginners and Allan Bayman with the intermediates provided the advice and guidance to assist the 12 members who attended to get among the fish. Take a look at the pictures by clicking on the link on the left side of this page.

Bury Hill Tench Day

Yet another successful event took place on Sunday 15th May when we took what we expect to be the last ever trip to Bury Hill Fishery to rent out their punts for a day's tench fishing. The Fishery has announced its intention to become a syndicate venue in 2017 and this hails the end of a great opportunity to enjoy something a little different for a day out, not always super productive more recently but always a great experience in splendid surroundings. VAC have run many trip there over the years and for many this event will be greatly missed. This year almost everyone caught, see photos of some of these below. Here is Kevin Laird's account of his day spent with there this year with companion Andy Karzmarik:

On our trips over the last couple of years, the fishing has been alittle disappointing. So it was with some trepidation Andy K and I set out early for what is likely to be the last of such journeys, with the fishery becoming syndicated next year.

As soon as the gate was open we dragged all the necessary gear to the punt, loaded up and headed out into the early morning mist. A few minutes later and we had reached our chosen swims (the same as every previous year). A few balls of ground bait, tin of sweetcorn, hemp and pellets were duly launched into the water and we sat back hoping for some action. There wasn’t a ripple on the lake. Amazing – within 5 minutes Andy had a 4lb tench in the bag. This is going to be good, I thought. Then 2 hours of nothing. We went through the full range of baits with no success. Andy then revealed his tench had come on
maggots, which I was determined not to stoop to. However I was starting to get desperate. Three red maggots on a 14 hook cast right up to the reeds and before the float settled it was away. A lovely tench of just under 5lbs. This was followed by a further 7 tench, all slightly smaller.

Andy had now started fishing a rod length off the back of the boat and started picking up some reasonable sized bream, all on the maggot.

The wind started to pick up, making it difficult to keep a bait still in front of the reeds so I opted to fish a bit shorter and started picking up some bream and a pike that took my bait as I was reeling in.

It continued like this for the rest of the day. Andy totalled 1 tench and a dozen bream, I had 8 tench, 2 carp around 8 lbs a piece, 1 pike and about 10 bream.

On the other boats most anglers seemed to be fishing for the carp, without a great deal of success I think. This was evident from the number of times the boats moved to other spots in search of fish and most anglers settled for an early finish. Andy and I were the last boat back around 6ish.

All said, a fantastic day for our boat and we will miss the trip in the future.

Kev & Andy

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