Issue 142/3

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       Dec 2011/Jan 2012. 

Notice :
Trout Section Annual Meeting to be held at the New Greens Residents Association Hall on 10th January 2012, 7.30 for 8.00

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Barbel King

Any member who has attended one of the Stick Float Clinics at Marford Farm will know that Specialist Committee member Keith Speer likes nothing more than to catch big barbel on the stick float and centre pin.


Back in January this year Keith bagged a wonderful 17lb 15oz barbel from 'a VAC river venue' in the snow and on the stick. Most of us have never seen a barbel approaching that size so it's even more amazing an achievement that Keith has landed yet another 17lb barbel, a different fish and from a different VAC venue. In fact, a different river completely. Understandably Keith is reluctant to name the precise location.

This wonderful fish, weighing in at 17.10, wasn't a single lucky fish. That same day he banked other fish of 12.01 and 9.07 and dropped a couple more doubles that slipped the hook. Nine days earlier Keith had landed a 15.05 fish (see right) from the same stretch so he knew he was in the right spot.


The magic stick float and 'pin accounted for all these great fish, a tactic that Keith which has accounted for many big fish for Keith from our Lea venues at Marford Farm and Fishers Green, And, to cap a great year, the Angling Times have included Keith as a nominee in their 'Catch of the year' competition. If you would like to give Keith your vote please go here - national_angling_awards_2011.html


Valid from 1st November, a half-season membership can now be purchased. This provides access to all VAC waters and is valid until 15th June 2012. You can sign up on-line (see our Subscriptions page) or you can now join 'over the counter' at the Verulam Angling Centre (see ad - right) and pay cash, cheque or credit card.


The VAC's freehold fishery at Bellows Mill near Eaton Bray continues to see steady improvement and development.

Members of the VAC's trout section are enjoying great sport in Ford Lake (more details on the Trout pages). And the coarse fishing on Mill Lake is continuing to throw up great fish with big perch, tench, roach etc. plus grass carp to 28lb!!

If you've not yet visited this beautiful fishery then see it now in it's Autumn glory before winter arrives - enjoy the view and the fish become a bonus.

Remember, that unless your email address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To check and update your details see the Subscriptions page

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


VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

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VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge


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Your Contribution

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

So here's Keith with the Fireworks Day 15lb'er from a VAC river venue.

Fred Edwards is a stalwart of the VAC and topped the recent trout section day-out at Elinor with this 7lb rainbow.

George Fell is a regular competitor, along with his dad, on VAC championship matches and scored a rewarding 3rd place recently at Frogmore with two carp.





Verulam Angling Centre


VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in Fleetville, St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777


Time for Autumn!


But don't worry, some of the best fishing starts now so pop in and stock up on bait & tackle from some of the latest ranges:



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