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Just five years ago the VAC
completed contracts on the freehold for the two lakes plus stretch
of Ouzel know as Bellows Mill. After some thought and professional
advise it was agreed that the deeper Ford Lake would become a
trout-only water and Mill Lake would be developed into a mixed
coarse fishery. Both lakes held good stocks of perch, tench, rudd,
roach, crucians plus a few pike and around 18 large grass carp.
For news on VAC venues we now provide guest access to the fishery
reports on our
Draining, netting, landscaping and some restocking were completed
within a year of taking ownership of this former trout fishery,
located near Eaton Bray and not far from Whipsnade zoo. Since then,
nature has rapidly restored the after-effects of the earthworks and
the new islands on Mill Lake make it a more intimate venue than the
actual lake size would suggest.
Aside from the grass carp, which average around 20lb, the only other
'proper carp' are a dozen or so located in Ford lake to grow on and
help stir up a little colour in the water. Trout fishing is
available on this lake through until mid December with a break in
August. But for the majority attending this fishery it's the coarse
fish that are the attraction. Tench now go to 6lb, perch over 3lb
and big roach well over a pound can be targetted knowing that your
bait isn't going to be snaffled by some greedy tackle-testing carp.
However, that theory was blown out Barry Hicks in our picture above
when his prawn hookbait was snatched by this fine grass carp
weighing in at 21.08. Barry reported that the battle was steady
rather than frantic which is fortunate as he was geared up with just
4lb line whilst hopeful for a nice perch or tench.
All in all the venue has proved a winner on every level for the VAC
and it's a credit to Andy Karczmarek, the fishery manager, and his
hard-working team. And it doesn't end there as plans are being
developed for further enhancements. Watch this space!
Jack is back
The VAC are proud to announce that, following new negotiations with
Hadley Wood Piscatorial Society (HAPS), VAC members once again have
full access to the day-ticket section of Jack's Lake in
Hadley Wood, Cockfosters.
New memberships: The VAC is now
accepting new membership applications for
season 2015-16. Click the Subscriptions button above. .
As in previous years
we will offer an early-start option for a small premium on new
memberships purchased at either Verulam Tackle Shop in St Albans or
Colney Tackle in Hazledine Rd, London Colney. On-line and postal
applications will be for memberships to commence from June 16th.
Members should refer to their VAC newsletter dated March 2015, page 5.
For all the details please click the Subscriptions link
above. Please be reminded that all able-bodied adult members are
expected to undertake at least one work-party before the end of April
and failure to do so attracts a work-party levy when renewing membership
equal to the prevailing joining fee. This is to ensure that work-party
obligations are not avoided by simply rejoining as a new member.
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Always a popular way to introduce
your pals to the VAC. And now two bits of good news; during
Winter months the price is reduced by 50% to just £3.50 per day
and you can now also pick up tickets from Colney Tackle, London Colney.
All guests must be accompanied by a full member. Later in 2015 we hope
to have guest tickets available for on-line purchase with payment via
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The reworking of Bellow Mill lakes was not with it's problems. This digger was
Here's a shot of a dozen or so of the grass carp shoaled up. You can often see
them but catching them is a whole different game.
This 10lb pike from Bellow Mill proves that predators have their place there,
Lucky captor was Jimmy Ryan.
The narrow stretch of the Ouzel that runs alongside Bellows Mill is home to a
good number of fish. Spooky due to the clear water they are difficult to locate
but big chub, roach, perch and even a trout or two are regularly spotted.
Chris Jones had this 3.01 perch from Mill Lake back in February.
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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