Issue 106/7

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.                                                                       December  2008 / January 2009..


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Luxury 8 berth caravan to let - 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.

Bookings now being taken for 2009. Open from March to October inclusive.

Contact Barry Killinger on 07966 394717 for further details.


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Can it get any better than this?

As we come to the end of 2008 it's fascinating to look back over the year and to remind ourselves how good a year it's been. Not just the fact that club reached new record levels of membership. Not just the extra venues for members at no extra cost. Not just all the great fish.


Indeed it's something else that makes the VAC year stand out. It's the involvement and contribution by so many members to our various events that makes this club so strong; the barbel day, carp matches, the predator day, Riverside Open Day, the Mike Wilson night and the Christmas Match are just a few examples. Sometimes, being so close to everything means you do not always see and appreciate the bigger picture. So please allow us, the committees, bailiffs, officers and members, to indulge in a little self-appreciation. Many people work very hard to make the VAC what it is today and we will be continuing the good work for an even better 2009.


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the VAC General Committee


A Bird's Eye View - Part 2


As I said in part one I usually use the pole. I started going with dad while mum was at work but as mumís work hours changed we all went, even my brother, this was a great family pass-time. We sometimes split up and fished different parts of the venue. But I started using the pole as it seemed easier and as I got older the pole started getting longer and more complicated. I started showing more interest as the club invited me to more and more matches the most enjoyable was an open junior match at a canal and there was only two vac juniors this older lad being about 15 and myself being about 11. I drew number 21 and found they had only marked 20 pegs so they stuck me on the end swim which was next to the other member and every time we caught a fish we taunted each other. It was great fun though we spent more time laughing and throwing the fish outside the net then actually putting them in the net to be weighed. When the scales came the lad had 4lb 8 oz and 8 drams and I caught 4lb and 8oz so I wasnít very happy as he won with half an ounce. But I did come second overall and I then found I had the largest perch being 15 oz. I had trophy for second place and one for the perch and I got to choose my prize and as I was a budding pole angler I chose the eleven metre pole.

For the full version of this article click here.

To read the full first part of Clare's article click here


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Tales from the Riverbank

That furry loveable creature (Keith Speer, not Hammy Hamster) has shared his diary entry from a recent day at Marford for us all.


Written to entertain buddy 'Cat', Keith shares with us his deep insight of river fishing.


Wanted - more articles like this please


Junior Pages


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Winter fishing at Frogmore

Junior page co-editor Dom Rickard has documented a recent trip to Frogmore for the Junior pages. Check out, in his own words, how many carp (unlike in the picture) he didn't catch !!


VAC Forum

Our new forum is still proving very popular.  However we still have many people apply to join who then do not respond when asked to confirm details. Remember, the forum is only for current VAC members and you will need to confirm your details by email to the webmaster before access is provided. If this is not done within 14 days your request will be cancelled.


Please note that Hotmail users need to check their junk folder for automated replies from the forum software. We have a number of applications fail where the member has not seen our replies. Also, be careful to check you have entered your email address correctly.

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.


VAC members, on production of their club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


 £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




Your Contribution

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

Josh Blavin's has weighed in more than 100lb of carp on several VAC matches this year. But this one was over the ton on its own.

Kev Laird loves his winter fishing at Frogmore. This 4lb bream is typical of the stamp that can be caught when the carp can be avoided.

Last month it was Dave McGrath smiling here. This month its his son Connor with a 9lb mirror also from Timberland's Horseshoe lake

'Buz' Burry had this 30-12 lump from Smallford earlier this year. Not the biggest carp in Smallford but the biggest reported this year.

The VAC Record List

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Yes its time to dust off those pike rods again.


We stock a good range of frozen pike baits including :-

  • lamprey

  • roach

  • smelt

  • mackeral

  • squid

  • trout

  • spratts

We also stock a good range of pike tackle - plugs and spinners

so as the temperatures drop why not drop in and have a look !

Maver mx 1000 matchbox

4 drawer comes with footplate and sidetray rrp £199.99 VAC PRICE £179.99

  • DRENNAN match suits £50.00 off [limited sizes in stock]



  • OKUMA BAITRUNNERS FROM £15.99 TO £30.00 (fantastic reels at an outstanding price)

Remember, Queensway offer great prices and instant quotes on all products including non stock items.


Please come over and have a browse




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