Phil Buckingham 7lb 8oz Chub

With the rivers experiencing some of the worst floods we’ve seen for many years, fishing hasn’t been easy for any species..

However, specimen angler Phil Buckingham timed it perfectly on a recent session on his local River Lea when he banked this lovely 7lb 8oz chub.

He told us “I’ve been fishing Kings Weir twice a week this winter, with it being my local water, and on a previous session I’d fished meat in a big slack but only had a few pulls on the tip resulting in no hooked fish. With the colour dropping out the river I switched to a maggot feeder, and when my centrepin screeched I thought I’d hooked one of the stretch’s famous barbel! The lack of fight indicated otherwise, and I was delighted to slip the net under the fish – my 11th chub over 7lb.”