Issue 159

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

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Six Berth Caravan For Hire, White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall  

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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Riverside Open Day

Roll up, roll up, members, non-members, families, neighbours and friends. All will be made welcome at our annual Riverside Open Day on Saturday July 6th.

As in previous years, come rain or shine, we've provided a great range of fishing activities for guests including tuition on fly casting, 'carp corner' where you can discuss pop-ups and chod's with our Specialist team, whip fishing  and long pole fishing for youngsters of all ages. The usual BBQ and refreshments, immediate sign-up to the VAC and stands by other local nature groups will all be part of this popular event which last year, despite the torrential rain, saw 300+ visitors to our beautiful fishery in the heart of the city of St Albans.

Frogmore Best for Bailiff George

George with a fishery best common of 19.12 and a double-figure ghostie 

 Regulars at our Frogmore fishery will have met George Kerr, one of our bailiffs on this match-style fishery. George usually has his tackle in the back of the car and when parenthood duties allow, after he has been around and had a chat with members, he likes to have a dabble himself. His patient approach and knowledge of the fishery paid off recently with these two rarely seen 'monsters'.

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* VAC Coaching Sessions *

Roger Smith is the VAC''s Level 2 angling coach and this year, supported by our level 1 coaches, Last season Roger has delivered angling tuition to well over 100 budding fishermen of both sexes.

Sessions for this season, mostly at Riverside Road, will soon be underway. Check out the Junior Section for details or by emailing Roger here.

Although aimed mostly at Juniors the VAC does also run a number of sessions for adults as well covering basic tactics as well as specialist techniques. Roger is also running ten junior matches with the first at Riverside on Saturday June 22nd and then with regular Saturday dates through until October.


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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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Young Maxim Vuolo with a reminder of the great barbel waiting to pull your string at Marford. He banked this 9lb beauty at the end of last season.  



Trout fishing continues at Bellows Mill where Mal Shaw netted this beauty of nearly 6lb.


VAC Match Championship winner Colin Rennison completed the double at the end of May with a close-fought win on the Champion of Champions match t- just a couple of fish separating the top five


Often seen but virtually impossible to catch. There's a real challenge with our Bellows Mill grass carp, 20 fish to over 20lb yet put  hookbait near them and they simply turn away..  




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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