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VAC League Match 3-Newlands Hall, Moat Lake-July 7th

Posted by Maddog , 19 July 2013 · 731 views

A hot, sunny, still morning greeted us when arriving at the venue. I was grateful to draw the far side (from car park) of the lake as that side was fairly shaded by the trees behind the pegs and the trees and bushes between the pegs.  

My plan was to catch 100lb+ of carp from  the 5m line on paste and the margins on corn or bunches of dead maggots...


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Friday Evening at the River-July 5th

Posted by Maddog , 19 July 2013 · 274 views

My wife and I visited the VAC club stretch of the River Lea at Marford to see if I could catch my first river barbel. We arrived at this very popular venue at around 4.30pm to find most swims taken, we managed to drop into peg 11. I set up a cage feeder and a float rod with centrepin, mixed up some marine halibut groundbait to plug the feeder with an...


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VAC League Match 2-Grand Union Canal at Tring Stn-June 23rd

Posted by Maddog , 19 July 2013 · 240 views

Our first time on this bit of the canal.  
I fed down the track with chopped worm and caster, on the far shelf with loosefed casters and in the track to my right with a few pellets.  

I had a lot of problems with tree litter covering the whole swim some of the time, sometimes I could not get a bait in. I forgot to take any photos!  
I managed a few ro...


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VAC 2013 League Match 1-Riverside Road-June 9th

Posted by Maddog , 19 July 2013 · 218 views

Time for the first club match of the league season.   
The club owned Riverside Road was the venue and true to form it fished very hard in the match.  
Not much to report from me, I only managed 2 fish. One crucian and one bream for a total of 4lb 1oz.  

Full match report can be seen    HERE


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VAC Champion of Champions Match - How End-26th May 2013

Posted by Maddog , 11 June 2013 · 263 views

This match was scheduled to take place at the club's    Bellows Mill  lake but due to it being very clear and weedy the match was switched to    How End Fishery .  

We were to be on Yasi's Lake which I have fished once before in March last year.  
I started by feeding chop worm and caster at the bottom of the far shelf which was around 1...


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VAC Match 15 - Lakeside Farm - Feb 10th 2013

Posted by Maddog , 16 February 2013 · 535 views

So it was time for the last match of the   Verulam Angling Club  championship season.  Going into this match I was in second place in the league. There are 15 matches in the season and your best 10 results count. The leader of the league (AllanB) had 840 points and I was on 795, my lowest counting score was 45 so I knew that if I could win...


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VAC Match 14 - Lakeside Farm - Jan 6th 2013

Posted by Maddog , 27 January 2013 · 253 views

The second-last club match of the season, usually when the club visits this venue it is very cold and is a hard silverfish match with no carp caught or just the 1 or 2 carp caught on the whole lake, although there are plenty of carp in there.   It was unseasonably mild for the week before so the silvers at least should be feeding ok and perhaps a few carp...


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August 10th to 12th - Yateley

Posted by Maddog , 16 August 2012 · 2,856 views

Time for my annual trip to the Stoney and Friends charity event at Yateley.My wife goes to this with me as she likes camping and the countryside, unfortunately not interested in the fishing at all though!I was on South Lake which I have fished a couple of times before.I managed to get us in a swim with a cast to the area at the end of the island and l...


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22nd July 2012 - Club Match 4 - Smallford

Posted by Maddog , 16 August 2012 · 233 views

A hot day for this match, not good bream weather!I fished for the large bream anyway as I had drawn a decent area. I fished a groundbait feeder for the whole match, just swapping between hookbaits.Not a great match for me, 2 small roach, 2 perch and 2 skimmers for a total of 4lb 1oz.I did have a violent bite an hour from the end after a long time bite...


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8th July 2012 - Club Match 3 - Grand Union Canal, Marsworth

Posted by Maddog , 10 July 2012 · 4,753 views

Our (VAC) 2012 club match league is under way again, I fished the first match at Riverside Road but not much to report. I had 2 bream for 4lb 1oz and that put me 6th out of 36.I couldn't make the 2nd match as my car was undergoing repairs, so here we are at the 3rd match.Only 15 of us on this one, some are not keen on the challenge (or potential long-...






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