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Fish of the Year?
Regulars on the VAC
forum will have been delighted to see General Committee member Keith Speer
proudly posing with his belated Christmas present. Few work harder to support
this club and many will already know Keith from his stick-float teach-in's at
Marford and the barbel academy days at Felmersham. Therefore it's surely good
Karma that Keith is rewarded with this fabulous 17lb 15oz winter barbel, caught
by intention, on Dec 27, from one of our Bedfordshire river venues.
Here's Keith's story; "I set
up my MAP 15ft stick float rod with my new Okuma pin, a 8 No4 wire stemmed
Drennan stick with bulked shot and a Power Pro 3lb 6oz hook length to a 18
Drennan Specimen hook; this was about as light as I dared go, I knew there was
one barbel in the swim as I had seen the fizz but I was not sure I had any chub
as I had seen no sign of them at all, to make matters worse third trot through
and there was another patch of fizz!!
I was still considering this as I had another trot, which was when the float
I struck and everything went solid, I set and watched the rod top convinced it
was bottom when I realised that the bottom was kiting back into mid river, the
fish then slowly went down stream about ten yards and stopped, I slowly pumped
the fish back toward me but it was hugging the bottom on the inside line, as it
got closer first the float appeared, then some shot, as it went past a
convenient hole in the rush I peered in to see just how big this chub
..only to be astonished as one of the biggest barbel I have ever
seen cruised into view and then sank away out of sight!
The fish then went through two dead weed beds and visited the far side rush to
sulk, I put a bit more pressure on the fish and it came out to the middle of the
river, it then went back again, in all it did this another 4 or five times, all
the while I was thinking:-
If you are going to loose one, make it the next one, for (place whatever word
you think will fit here) sake make sure you land this one!!
The fish then changed tack, hugging the bottom mid river, every time I tried to
lift it off bottom it muscled its way back, this was ideal as it was a risk free
way of reducing her energy, after five mins of this she moved off downstream
about 20 yards, I followed and eventually pumped the fish back to a nice landing
spot where she slid over the waiting net!!
I lifted her out to take the hook out and that was when the shakes started, she
was simply enormous, in perfect condition but far bigger than I had
Membership crashes through the 2,000
A big welcome to David Sharp of Enfield who became the VAC's 2,000
member when he signed up in November. At the time of writing membership
is at 2,049 and still growing.
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Match Committee Chairman Brian Lakin
had a magical day on the river with four fish for 9lb including this 3lb 3oz
perch and, below, a 2lb 7oz roach
Pole fished red maggot worked for
Robin Reed reported this barbel at
11lb and landed from one of the Marford hot spots.
There's no stopping Keith.
A few days after the big 'un he was
back again landing two more barbel to 13lb 11oz.
Verulam Angling Centre
VAC bailiff Terry Field is the now
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
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