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Season 2017-18 Fixtures - web page - PDF

Match Scene Summary by Allan Bayman

Last year was a record year for our home waters with match records at both Frogmore match lake and Riverside Road being blown out of the water and overall there has been a marked improvement on sport at both venues with good backing weights showing at most matches and from a wide range of pegs.

We have gone to some lengths to book venues that we hope offer what people are asking us for with a range of venues not just commercial carp fisheries. We had hoped to have a canal and maybe another river fixture but the challenges of parking, mediocre sport and other considerations means currently Felmersham is our lone moving water fixture. Our fixtures should offer good, even sport so hopefully skill will play the biggest part in the results not the luck of the draw !

The spring warm-up matches have been generally very good. How End showed itself to be an exceptional venue even if the cool weather slowed things down a touch but as it warmed up so did the sport with 20lb just about getting you into the Top 10 at Riverside in our last warm-up match.

So the season starts again with the championship matches on Sundays and our six-match evening league series. Please see the link at the top of the page for the full fixture list.

We look forward to seeing plenty of our members taking part in these matches and as always if you have any questions please drop me a mail at matches@verulam-angling.co.uk. We also run a mailing list sending out the results and taking bookings for the next match so let me know if you want adding to this.

LATEST :  Riverside bonanza  - 3-hour match record broken by match novice from 'duff' peg and over 22lb per angler average. See results for 15th June.

Smallford woes

Smallford had been reported as providing some great silver-fish sport with plenty of good roach, skimmers and lumpy bream. So we put our an invite for a Thursday match (July 27) and nine signed up. With good pegs available and kind weather expectations were high. But, sadly, the results didn't match the expectation and few good fish were caught.

Allan looks pleased with this 6.01 tench but it was the bulk of his 7.08 weight from Big Point, arguably the best peg on the water. See the full results below.

With just 14" of water seemingly everywhere (OK, perhaps 2ft at the 'deep end' Newlands Hall moat lake was clearly suffering from the dry Spring. Even so, the fish were still there and we had 17 on Aug 6 aiming to catch them. Weather was nice enough but the fish were so easily spooked, it was certainly a tough one to work out. Read the report below to see who got it right on the day.

Congrats to match novice Andy Zneimer for winning the popular Evening League. His 1st place at Frogmore on  20th July  gave him an excellent 380 points to Stan Kiddle to 2nd despite coming 2nd on the night.

Read Allan Bayman's punch-by-punch review of this Summer's evening league - here

Next matches:  The next Championship match is at the Ash Lake at Alders Farm on 20th August.  Due to local KHV outbreaks we've implemented keepnet bans on local VAC waters so the Tuesday knock-ups have moved to commercials. On Aug 8 we were at Greensands near Sandy, Beds. See the report below to learn who won with one ounce under 60lb.

Please see our new season fixture list - top of page.
Week-day matches:

Due to temporary closure of Frogmore we've had to move some of our fixtures to commercials. Next matches, on August 22 & 29, will be at How End. We then hope to be back at Riverside for a few weeks as we transition into autumn.

Draw will be 8:30 and fishing 10 to 3 although this may be tweaked slightly on the day.

Pools are optional and are just 5. Steve Burfoot will be running these matches so if you want to book on please contact him here or telephone 07505 109880.  

Note that at Riverside matches will be pegged using 14 -30 which will be reserved for match use.  

If you want to take part in any of the matches, championship, evening or midweek please email matches@verulam-angling.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list which will keep you up to date on all of the fixtures and the booking on process.

A reminder that, due to demand, booking for ALL MATCHES is vital. This must be via email or text, don't just mention it whilst weighing in two months earlier and expect us to remember. And, if you fail to turn up, you will be liable for the peg fee. 

 For more information regarding VAC matches contact Allan Bayman : 07768 901252  or Stan Kiddle on 07860 807516

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Season 2017-18 Results

Season 2017-18 ChampionshipEvening League points * Champ of Champs *  Weekday League

Click on the Date for a match result 



Event Winner


15 Aug 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Roger Brown 35.15
13 Aug 2017 GUC Bullbeggers knock-up Cliff Myers 4.08
08 Aug 2017 Greensands mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 59.15
06 Aug 2017 Newlands hall Championship #5 Neil Anderson  84.07
01 Aug 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 41.06
27 July 2017 Smallford mid-week knock-up Rich McCorry 15.15
25 July 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 52.07
23 July 2017 Frogmore Championship #4 Steve Burfoot 29.09
20 July 2017 Frogmore Evening League #6 Andy Zneimer 26.10
18 July 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 60.05
13 July 2017 Riverside Evening League #5 Chris Smith 37.12
11 July 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Allan Bayman 61.08
09 July 2017 Redbridge Championship #3 Ash Adams 15.10
06 July 2017 Frogmore Evening League #4 Steve Burfoot 40.06
04 July 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Barrie Cowley 41.14
29 June 2017 Riverside Evening League #3 Stan Kiddle 39.07
27 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Roger Brown 45.02
25 June 2017 Tyler - Horseshoe Championship #2 Allan Bayman 184.11
22 June 2017 Frogmore Evening League #2 Barrie Cowley  34.04
20 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Barrie Cowley 66.06
15 June 2017 Riverside Evening League #1 Andy Zneimer 46.12
13 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Steve Burfoot 42.12
11 June 2017 Riverside Championship #1 Colin Rennison  39.15

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