Issue 161

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                      August 2013..

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Home Water Happiness

 Being centred on St Albans, the quality of the fishing at our most local venues is paramount. Like any venues, the fish can be difficult to tempt at times, resulting in the occasional moan from members and worries for our fishery managers.

Therefore it's a pleasure to report that two of out most popular venues are producing great results; both Riverside and Frogmore visitors are reporting excellent catches of smaller 'match sized' carp with plenty of proper bream to add variety. As well as pleasure catches, our match section have reported above average weights with over 50lbs winning in five hours at Frogmore and over 30lbs taking top spot in a three-hour evening sprint at Riverside.

Riverside has certainly put a smile on the face of one of our younger members. The picture shows Samuel Flaum with one of six quality carp to double figures landed one evening at the end of July. Dad Jason blanked !

River Magic

Our river venues continue to prove their worth with plenty of big fish being reported from all our venues. Perhaps cream of the crop is Darren Hale's monster 8.02 chub to follow up on his big barbel last month. Both fish being landed at Fishers Green.

Other fish reported, but without photos, include perch to 4lb from the Ouse, roach to over 3lb from the upper Lea and numerous barbel to double figures and chub to 5lb. No reports recently from our upper Ouse stretch at Tingewick but with good flow it's bound to be giving up good specimens if you can locate them.

Riverside Open Day a great success

Unlike the last couple of years when the heavens opened, this year's event, held on July 6th, was bathed in glorious sunshine with temps in the high twenties. In some respects this also cut potential visitor numbers but we still recorded over 300 guests on the day with over 40 new memberships sold.

Amazingly, with all the noise and commotion, and with most of the bigger carp and bream sunning themselves, a number of good fish were caught plus plenty of small roach, perch and skimmers in some pegs. Well done to Andy K who had a 12lb carp on a light pole rig and to the carp-corner boys who managed to hook a number of carp around 5lb allowing passing youngsters a chance to land and hold the fish.

Bradley Wiffen helps young Alfie to land a number of quality roach and perch on the Riverside Open Day


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

This double-figure common looks a real beatuy. 

Club Registrar Dave Holland landed this ghostie (same as the main picture) a few days earlier on dog biscuit.

Also off the surface was this 11.07 mirror for Chris Moss, one of 13 in under three hours recently.

Riverside again, this ghost common weighed 9.02 for John McCarthy

This is Alan Thomas with the biggest bream in Riverside (we think) at 5.08


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