Issue 160

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

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What a corker!

Members visiting our Bellows Mill fishery at Eaton Bray can't fail to notice the 20 grass carp that inhabit Mill Lake. Like a wolf pack of U Boats they cruise below the surface frustrating every attempt at their capture. So full credit to Dick Bateman who set out his stall to catch one and succeeded!

Tipping the scales at a couple of ounces over 23lb it's believed to be the biggest of bunch.

River Lea Beauties

Ed Zneimer kicked off June 16th with this 16lb ghost from the Leasey Bridge and Darren Hales seems to have it sussed at Fishers Green where this 16lb 8oz barbel is understood to be a new venue record. One of a number of barbel and big chub that Darren has banked in the last few weeks.

Riverside Open Day a great success

Unlike the last couple of years when the heavens opened, this year's event, held on July 6th, was bathed in glorious sunshine with temps in the high twenties. In some respects this also cut potential visitor numbers but we still recorded over 300 guests on the day with over 40 new memberships sold.

Amazingly, with all the noise and commotion, and with most of the bigger carp and bream sunning themselves, a number of good fish were caught plus plenty of small roach, perch and skimmers in some pegs. Well done to Andy K who had a 12lb carp on a light pole rig and to the carp-corner boys who managed to hook a number of carp around 5lb allowing passing youngsters a chance to land and hold the fish.

Bradley Wiffen helps young Alfie to land a number of quality roach and perch on the Riverside Open Day


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Obituary - Toadless*, the Moor Mill Leather

It is with great sadness that the VAC reports the passing of one of it's most famous fish.  Found dead on 13th June she had been losing weight for the last few years from her peak of over 44lb. For many years she was the second largest known leather in the UK, and briefly the largest. At over 45 years old she had a good innings and Tom Loraine, who spent hundreds of hours in her pursuit but never got the prize, has kindly compiled a moving tribute to this fine fish and, her home, the wonderful Leather Lake.
* Toad-less ~ Frog-More !


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The beautiful common was banked by Nick Chinn from Smallford at a weight of 18.15.  


This chub of 5.05 was landed from the Ivel by Peter Pavlitzky

Also landed by Peter is this long & lean double-figure pike. This time from the Ouse at Felmersham

Andy Taylor has reported this 26lb mirror from the boot pit at Turnford. Judging by the trees it was a welcome Winter catch.


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