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St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                            July/August 2016.

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Riverside Revival

The VAC are fortunate to be able to offer members over 28 fisheries and most of these venues include a number of waters or stretches of river. However, often considered the jewel in the crown is our lake at Riverside Road in St Albans, adjacent to the world famous Verulam golf course,

A few years ago a decline in results prompted a number of surveys revealing a drop in fish population due to cormorants and, possibly, crayfish predating on spawn.

A major investment programme was prepared and approved by the GC which including progressive restocking and, more importantly, enhancement of the fishery habitat with numerous floating islands and other anti-cormorant measures. These efforts are now paying dividends big time and members are enjoying prolific fishing with the hard-fighting 'turbo' carp that fight like fish twice the size plus numerous bream, crucians and quality roach.

This is not anecdotal, the match results this Summer have seen the largest average weights on record with three-hour matches being won with 30lb+ and most anglers catching in excess of 10lb. Early in July, Steve Burfoot, pictured below, weighed in over 50lb to win a small mid-week match. OK, so these are not crazy-weights as seen at many of the 'muddy hole' commercial fisheries which are stuffed with 'easy-to-catch' carp but that's not the intention.

The evidence suggests that the new carp are thriving having grown on over the last couple of years and will hopefully continue to do so alongside the many older fish which run to about 16lb. And don't ignore those other species as the bream go to over 5lb, the roach to 2lb and perch to 3lb. When you visit just remember to be prepared with suitable tackle, an unhooking mat and lots of quality bait.

New waters for 2016 - Willows Lakes, London Colney
After many months of delicate negotiation the VAC have reached an agreement with the fisheries management at Willows Lakes. In simple terms paid-up VAC members receive a 5 discount on each of the available ticket prices. So, for example, a 7 single-rod day ticket can be purchased for 2. Tickets are purchased from self-service machines at the fishery entrance. Simply pay the correct amount minus 5 and be ready to show your VAC membership when required. Details and pictures to be added to our Fisheries pages shortly.

The VAC remains committed to expansion of it's angling portfolio. This can be through direct purchase, rental, consortium or by association. If you know of a possible great addition to our fisheries please contact the Secretary (link on left).

Match News

The VAC match section has had a good start to 2016/17 with some very close results and a few 'upsets'

Our Riverside results are way above expectation and Frogmore is fishing well but more challenging due to the number of small fish.

It's a very sociable bunch of guys and new-comers are more than welcome. Generally pools are optional so you could simply come along and fish for the experience and the learning if you wish. Just make sure you book in first as many venues have a limited number of pegs.

For all the details please take a look at the VAC match pages.
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Guest Tickets. Always a popular way to introduce your pals to the VAC. And now two bits of good news; during Winter months the price is reduced by 50% to just 3.50 per day and you can now also pick up tickets from Colney Tackle, London Colney. All guests must be accompanied by a full member.


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Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites

VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.and number to call. 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

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Your Contribution

A reminder that the Webmaster welcomes your contributions. Happy to receive your photos of  VAC venues, rainbows, kingfishers or unicorns. Doesn't have to be a fish

New pictures urgently needed !!

Always a pleasure to feature a female member. Here's Vicki Flaum with her new personal best barbel of 8.05 from the Lea at Marford Farm

This 3.08 chub was also a PB for Vicki.

This chunky mirror, weighing around 15-16lb, is possibly the largest carp in Riverside. Lucky captor is Tom Robins.

This is Tom again with arguably the most impressive specimen to feature here this year, a 9lb tench from the Moor Mill Complex.

Dave Quinn's tench from Bellows Mill is harder to scale compared to Tom's but at 5.05 it's a cracking specimen from the venue, float-fished prawn being the successful method.


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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