Issue 162

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                      September & October 2013..

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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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In the Summertime...

When the weather is fine... Well, to be fair, we've had a great Summer and catches on VAC venues and on VAC matches have been exceptional. For example, the annual Matt Miles Memorial Carp Match final, despite suffering from the wettest Bank Holiday weekend for some years and, despite all the hard work of the runners-up, it was a conclusive win for the third year running for big fish experts Keith Speers and Dave Currell. With a total weight of over 114lb  from 'Grandads' at Moor Mill they were several fish ahead of runners-up Andy Killinger and Rob Shore on 62lb.

                                        Here Keith plays another double figure fish whilst Dave looks on
Also winning for the 3rd year running is young match ace Nick Darke who beat his own VAC match record to weigh-in 505lb of carp in five hours at Arran's Lake near Ingatestone, Essex. Amazingly the top six places this year were the same as last year, albeit with higher weights and 197lb of carp was good enough only for tenth place. All the details of this event and other VAC matches can be found on the Match Pages.

It is clearly an exceptional venue and for many people not a fishing match but a fishing race. Nonetheless, it takes great skill and technique to safely hook and land so many fish in such a short time. In case you are wondering, the fishery rules were no more than 10 carp per keepnet and fish over 10lb weighed and returned. Click the pics for videos of Nick's peg an hour after he had packed up and 2nd place Josh Blavin's showing his shallow technique.


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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Don't be shy, send your catch pics to the webmaster...   

Martin Cossington is enjoying his first season with the Verulam having recently landed 23 barbel in a session at Marford

Barry Torrance has reported this 23lb 4oz common from Smallford

Oliver Gordon-Smith had this brassy chub from the upper Lea

The recent Officer's Match at Riverside was a very damp event and our Level 1 coach Roger Smith wished he had brought his umbrella

It was a sunny day at Moor Mill when Connor Whitbread banked this 17lb mirror plus five others.


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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