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Smallford is open all year round and is situated just off the St Albans to Hatfield road, approximately halfway between the two. It has some deep water, over 30ft in some places though there are some shallow banks. This depth provides for stable water temperatures and good carp and other species can be caught on the coldest of days.
Well established, this fishery has fished particularly well over recent seasons. It contains many big carp with numerous upper double and low twenty specimens up to 30lb+ and pike with specimens topping 20lb regularly. Tench too figure with plenty of fish to over 11lb being taken as well as bags of over 50lb.
There is an increasingly good head of quality roach to over 2lb 8oz and rudd too reach this size. More bream were stocked in 1996 with the original habitants reaching over 10lb, usually taken by carp anglers on big pellet and boilies.
Large shoals of ravenous skimmers and 'proper' bream around the 3-4lb mark now feature in Summer match matches with weights over 80lb recorded. Perch and, on occasion, crucian carp add to the variety.
Smallford enjoys a loyal following of members who have worked hard over recent years to improve the bank side with tidy tracks and pegs now adding to the charm of this venue. In addition, the VAC has made considerable investment in a small number of very large carp to ensure this venue meets expectation. Night fishing is allowed and is strictly controlled. Like all waters our regulations are strictly enforced and regular bailiffing helps to ensure that litter and unattended rods are rarely seen..
Verulam Angling Club,
PO Box 66, Beccles
Tel: 01502 471731 - before 9pm only please
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