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This website has been refreshed over 160
times since 2000 yet I
can't recall ever featuring a pike as the lead picture. In so many ways
that's a real shame as older readers will probably have found memories
of childhood fishing trips seeking pike, perhaps with tackle we know consider
crude; snap tackle, large bungs, curly wire traces with monster swivels.
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 !
Predator fishing today, like all aspects of our sport, has enjoyed many
major advances so it's a real shame that we don't see many large pike
being reported from our waters compared, say to barbel, chub and carp.
It's therefore a rare delight to have Matt Westrap proudly displayed
above with a beautiful specimen from our consortium waters at Fishers
Green. At around 16lb it's no monster but that makes it no less special.
We know we have bigger pike on many of our waters; Moor Mill, Smallford,
Aldenham plus the Ouse and Ivel. Or you could go for quantity; our Upper
Ouse water at Tingewick is solid with small pike and big perch (so
perhaps those jack's could lead you to a fat mamma as they shoal up for
spawning). Plus, consider Bellow's Mill where multiple catches to nearly
10lb are not uncommon. Just remember to have suitable unhooking kit and
follow our rules regarding live baits.
Match Champion declared:
With an unbeatable score,
despite three matches to go, Allan Bayman (right) was declared
VAC Match Champ for the current season at the end of the
Allan, who was 2nd on the day, immediately lost his lucky streak
as since then he has broken a couple of sections of his top-end
pole and weighed in just 8oz on our last match at Lakeside Farm.
We have one last match in the current series; Tyler's Common in
Essex is the venue - see the match pages for more details.
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A real lack of
contributions this month so here's some highlights from earlier issues..
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Ken Major reported this 24lb pike from the Ivel back in 2012 .
Another from the archives, this pike was landed by Dan Mayles last May from
The Ouzel adjacent to our two lakes at Bellow's Mill holds a number of pike and
well worth exploring.
As a bit of late news, a team of VAC members came top in 2013 from eight teams
competing a six-match series across venues in the South East.
Small jack's are surely welcome on cold Winter days. This one was caught by Nick
Cerri from the aptly named Pike Pit at Moor Mill.
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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