Issue 165

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

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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.

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Silver Belles

Riverside Road, in the heart of St Albans, is a beautiful lake. When the fishing is slow there's a variety of wildlife to observe,  including Kingfishers making this great venue a true city centre haven. However, as previously reported, we did lose some stock to cormorants last January and throughout 2013 the VAC fisheries team have worked hard to secure good value new stock plus put in place floating islands and other fish sanctuaries to keep the new stock safe.

The most recent introduction was over 500lb of quality roach and golden rudd to over 1lb plus many hundreds of small chub. These fish, although shoaled up in the middle areas, provided hectic sport for a number of competitors in the recent VAC Christmas Match. Of the total of 150lb weighed in, some 120lb was silver fish such as the 15lb weighed in by David Lawrence in the picture below.


David's catch, caught on maggot over groundbait on the long pole was just enough to take 3rd place with other good weights close behind. We had 31 fishing, a great turn-out which also generated, via the admission fee and raffle, close to 200 for Cancer Research and Grove House Hospice. Full results, of course, on the VAC match pages.

As Winter starts to bite we expect these roach, rudd and chub to keep feeding so members are encouraged to pay Riverside a visit or two before the venue closes on February 25th for trout fishing. Even if you've not got the time to wet a line, if you are able to pop in and enjoy a walk around the lake, this will help support our efforts to keep the fish secure at a time when they are most at risk.



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Location, location, location. Amazingly, although the VAC is a St Albans club only 394 of our nearly 2,000 current registrations are St Albans addresses. A recent exercise to map out the spread of our members identified, as perhaps expected, 60% located in Hertfordshire, nearly 350 with London addresses and 152 in Bedfordshire. We also have members in Somerset, Hampshire, Dorset, Lincolnshire and......County Galway !


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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.


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This is probably the smallest fish featured in this section. But check out the size relative to John Potters legs. Estimated at 5oz and caught from Marford it was possibly above the 23 year old UK record.

Alan Thomas has had a great run of results on the VAC matches this season and took top spot on the Riverside Christmas match from the new platforms down the far end. Do not be put off by the current lack of features as there are lots of fish down there

No snow as yet for Hertfordshire but if the freeze comes Riverside is still beautiful and, if you can get through the ice, fish can be caught.

Above we have a reminder of warmer days when our resident tench juggler, Alan Gardner, nearly lost his grip on this 5lb Smallford tench 


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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