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St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                            Nov/December 2016.

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New Eight 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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Half-Season memberships

- now on sale -

Once again the VAC are delighted to offer our popular half-season ticket. If you've not got around to joining the VAC now's the time to do it as for half the full season price (plus joining fee where applicable) you get to fish all VAC waters right up until June 15 2017. River venues, of course, are still subject to the current close-season restrictions.

If you have a Paypal account you can join and pay in a matter of minutes and your membership pack will be sent to you within a few days. Perfect if you fancy a Winter campaign on one of our big carp waters, a chance of a double-figure barbel from the rivers or even a 20lb grass carp from Bellows Mill.

So don't delay, join today - click here for all the details

Someone who's getting value for money from their new membership is George Crabb. He purchased a full season ticket in August and has already clocked up a few new personal bests from Marford Farm.

George reports that ledgered Elipse pellets have work well and is now keen to try som of our still waters. Great to see some younger members getting rewarded for their efforts. If you have had a great catch why note send in a photo or two?

UPDATED : The VAC record fish list is under new management. See link on lower left or click here.

New waters for 2016 - Willows Lakes, London Colney
After many months of delicate negotiation the VAC have reached an agreement with the fisheries management at Willows Lakes. In simple terms paid-up VAC members receive a 5 discount on each of the available ticket prices. So, for example, a 7 single-rod day ticket can be purchased for 2. Tickets are purchased from self-service machines at the fishery entrance. Simply pay the correct amount minus 5 and be ready to show your VAC membership when required. Details and pictures to be added to our Fisheries pages shortly.

The VAC remains committed to expansion of it's angling portfolio. This can be through direct purchase, rental, consortium or by association. If you know of a possible great addition to our fisheries please contact the Secretary (link on left).

Important : if you are a VAC member and are not receiving eNews please update your details on the member database (see Subscriptions page) or email the webmaster - link on the left. If we have the correct address already then check your spam/junk folders please.
Match News - The VAC match section once again has a close race for the  popular 2016/17 Championship as well as encouraging results on our mid-week knock-ups.

Our Riverside results are way above expectation and Frogmore is fishing well with match weights to almost a ton. As we approach Winter things will become harder but it's good to know that we have plenty of fish to go for and, on our away matches, some excellent venues lined up.

It's a very sociable bunch of guys and new-comers are more than welcome. Generally pools are optional so you could simply come along and fish for the experience and the learning if you wish.

For all the details please take a look at the VAC match pages.

For news on VAC venues we now provide guest access to the fishery reports on our
members-only forum.  


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Guest Tickets. 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.


Remember, that unless your email 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

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites

VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.and number to call. VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement. 1 off all day tickets for VAC members

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Your Contribution

A reminder that the Webmaster welcomes your contributions. Happy to receive your photos of  VAC venues, rainbows, kingfishers or unicorns. Doesn't have to be a fish

New pictures urgently needed !!

Ryan Smith was delighted to land this hard-fighting mirror from Lysander fisheries, especially as it was just over 10lb

Martin Stratford had this stonking sea trout from the river Itchen on the popular VAC day-trip back back in October. Plenty of other trout, grayling and coarse fish were landed by the VAC members in attendance

Andy Zneimer kindly sent in this snap of possibly the biggest carp in Frogmore. Weighing 17.08 it took a floating bait, the last of 18 landed on a busy day.

Simon Lewis struck lucky at the start of November at Marford with this 3.09 perch

Andy Zneimer again with a stunning 'Mahogany' common from Leasey backwater on pellet. This cracker weighed 11.04. Andy has also had over 50 barbel to 8lb plus some nice tench at the venue this season.

Riverside bailiff Jerry Twohig reported this 15lb Ghostie off the top at venue


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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