“I struck in disbelief and thought I’d hooked into a barbel as this fish was incredibly heavy and powered towards my near bank..”
He told us “On this particular session I very nearly didn’t go as the weather was atrocious and I knew the river would be pushing up a bit, but I just needed to get out the house and thought there might have been a few slacks available to either catch a perch on a lure or a big chub on some cheesepaste. So I headed out to a stretch I’ve never previously fished and began walking the bank with my lure kit to find a few fishable swims and to try my luck. It was a waste of time though and as predicted, the river was just too high and coloured. Though, I did find a swim with a small area of slack water on the far bank under some overhanging trees so I nipped back to the car to exchange the lure kit for my quiver rod and cheese paste and returned hoping there would be a big chub lying in wait.
It took me a couple of casts but eventually I dropped the 2oz free-running lead rig into position. My hookbait was a hair-rigged corkball wrapped in my homemade cheesepaste. At first I thought it was pointless even trying but after 15 minutes, my tip knocked a couple of times before it went all the way round. I struck in disbelief and thought I’d hooked into a barbel as this fish was incredibly heavy and powered towards my near bank.
After picking up the slack it came straight to the surface and I saw the unmistakable flank and giant gob of a massive chub staring back. It looked like a bloody grass carp it was so big! I thought it would give me the run-around but it was just too fat to really do anything. It wallowed around near the bank like a double-figure carp for a bit before I was able to slip the net under her.
It was simply massive and at I guess I thought it would go 8lb and luckily there was another angler nearby so I asked him if would assist with the weighing and the camera. On two sets of scales this chub went 8lb 2oz and I couldn’t have been happier. My legs were shaking like jelly from the moment I hooked it to the moment I slipped it back. I’m so thankful I decided to brave the conditions and go fishing.