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For a few weeks at the start of the year,
when everywhere else was frozen, our Riverside Road fishery, in central St
Albans, was raided. Despite the efforts of the fishery team and members, swarms
of up to a dozen cormorants where visiting the water when it was absent of
anglers, to feast on the abundant silver fish stocks.
The fisheries team soon had the problem under control and as
other waters thawed, the birds moved away. But a full survey found that we had
lost a good number of small fish so emergency funds were released to install
dedicated fish sanctuaries and new stocks ordered. In addition, CCTV cameras.
accessible remotely by the fishery team have been installed. All this was
achieved during the Riverside trout season and with great support from the VCA
With resumption of coarse fishing on May 6th, the Bank
Holiday Monday, it was great to see the water attended by numerous members.
Sport was reported as excellent with numerous catches of carp & good sized bream
reported along with bags of smaller stock carp and quality silver fish. The
latter is particularly important as Riverside is our primary venue for an
extensive coaching programme this Summer by our qualified coaches and aimed,
primarily, at introducing juniors to the sport.
Steve Burfoot had a number of quality carp at RR on pole and pellet
Currently the water is divided by a net to keep the new stock closer to the
clubhouse end where it's easier to monitor how well they are settling in. The
far end, however, still has numerous carp, averaging 5lb and to double figures,
plus other species, to target as Steve Burfoot proved on the opening day.
* 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
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.
Version 2 of our
Membership Database now live
|With the release from 1st
November of our half-year option for new members the VAC have also
successfully migrated to version 2 of or our club membership database.
Based on the ClubPier
platform, the membership database product is available for purchase and
suits similar clubs and associations.
One particular major development is that we can now
accept payment via Paypal (for new memberships only). Once onboard with the
VAC we do encourage you to sign-up for Direct Debit as this allows us to
ensure that your new season's membership is facilitated promptly without the
costs and overheads of posting renewal forms, reminders and processing
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address is registered on Club DB, our membership database, we can't keep you up
to date via e-news nor can we accept your application to join the VAC Forum. To
check and update your details see the Subscriptions page
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VAC members can fish The Tring
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Smallford fishery manager Alan Moss is passionate about his venue and this winter proved
he could catch a few as well.
Despite the awful weather 'Mossy' has had a number of great fish; these are just a
selection of a number submitted.
Anyone wanting some advice on catching at Smallford would do well to speak with
Here's one that Alan didn't get. Equally proficient Carl Harpin is pictured
holding this beauty.
And it's not just all carp at Smallford as Dan Mayles proved with this double
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Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.
Pop in or call Terry
on 01727 861777
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