Issue 118

    75 Year anniversary - St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                              Dec 2009..


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A Merry Christmas and a fishy New Year to all our members


It's Wonderful this Winter


Traditionalists will be delighted that the long awaited winter rains have now 'switched on' our river venues. True, of course, that the Marford short-walk fishes well all season but our more 'natural' venues such as Leasey Bridge and the Marford Long-walk plus our Ouse and Ivel stretches come into their own at this time of year.


Walk into a tackle shop these days and you might think that the only fish out there is carp such is the demand for tackle and bait. So, to restore balance, this month we salute those who embrace the traditional methods such as free-lining, stretpegging and touch ledgering. Members such as Den (the Wanderer) Poole who is happiest covering miles of deserted river bank looking for big perch such as this beauty below.




Den has enjoyed much success recently now that the weeds are dying back with numerous fish per session feeding red maggot with prawns or lobs on the hook but reports, typically, he that his biggest perch slipped the hook - doh!


Perhaps only a matter of time before a VAC member reports a 4 or even 5lb perch. But the beauty of the fish (just look at that mini-plug caught example on the right) makes size immaterial.


And it's not just perch. Other species such as barbel to 14lb and chub to nearly 7lb have been reported so, with only a few months left before the rivers close in mid March, get out there and rediscover those magical river moments.

VAC Membership now past 1,900 - next stop 2,000 !!

The VAC Match Section has proved to be very popular this session with many matches fully subscribed. Almost 80 members have fished at least one VAC match this season.


Top weight in a match this season has been almost 160lb...but fair to say that just a fraction of that weight would be a good result on this months Christmas Match at Riverside. Due to the exceptional high demand we have squeezed in 42 places so it definitely will be cosy.


It is, of course, fully booked. If you are not on the list sorry. Let's just hope that the weather stays kind and we're not breaking the ice. For all the match results and 'next match' previews check out the match pages by clicking here.

Half year memberships - available from 1st November

The General Committee has again agreed to release a number of half-year memberships. Available from November 1st and at half price, they represent excellent value as they are valid through until June 15 2010. It's worth noting that many VAC and associate waters are open all year and provide reliable angling opportunities even in the winter.

If you've been thinking of joining the VAC here's the excuse you've been looking for. For further details of this and all VAC subscriptions, plus a link to our on-line Member Services system simply click the Subscriptions button at the top of the page. Note. the half price option will not show on-line until November but you can download and print the form now.

Are you in 'Constant Contact'?

The club has now issued three 'new-style' E-News updates using a commercial solution called Constant Contact and utilising the email addresses recorded by members on our new Club database.

With over 1,800 members it remains a frustration that only 578 have recorded their email addresses.  And we know from Constant Contact that around 10% of these are not valid

Please make the effort to ensure that your email address is correctly registered. If you have not seen the last three issues of the new E-News then it's likely we do not have your correct address. Please do not confuse the fact that your email may be registered on the VAC Forum - these are totally independent systems.

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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


Your Contribution

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

Carys Stout proved herself as the Marford Barbel Queen with this 9.08 personal best.

Beards Reunited: Keith Speer poses this 10.12 barbel, believed to be the biggest in Marford.

Lure fan Dave Canning often catches perch like this 1lb 15oz beauty from Leasey Bridge

Keith again with one of several 6lb plus chub he's reported recently from one of our river venues. This one went 6lb 5oz.


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