Issue 131

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       January 2011..

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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 buried!!!

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 was…………………………..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 realised!!!!!!!"

Membership crashes through the 2,000 mark

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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Picture Perfect?

Club DB, our excellent member database, is now serving us well with members able to log in and update their details at any time.


However, a small number of members have not yet sent in or uploaded a passport style picture which we MUST HAVE to print up your next membership card. We believe we have now resolved some the technical difficulties but for those who cannot upload a suitable picture please find time to either email your photo (quoting ID number) or pop a picture in the post to the Registrar. More details on the Subscriptions page.

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Your Contribution

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

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 Brian.

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


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