Last time I was on the river I spotted a monster chub, already over my time limit and packed up I was forced to leave it for another day (plus it was in an impossible spot to cast to). I was pretty excited and phoned James... “I think I’ve just spotted THE chub we’ve been searching for”
... And told him exactly where I’d seen it...
James is on a bit of a chub mission himself at the moment, so I had to be the first to try and catch her - an early start - straight back to the spot - and it had bloody moved!! But after much searching back and forth (getting stung) I found her sunbathing about 20 yards downstream and flicked out a freelined piece of bread...
I watched the bread trundle down in the shallow water - the big girl moved across and nailed it - all hell broke loose as she tried to get in every snag going - a short dirty fight before she was safely in the net. What a fish! On the scales she went 6lb 2oz
- a fabled six - my best from the river and second biggest chub ever - absolutely delighted!
And as my barbel tally from the river was standing at 698 I was keen to try and add two more to chip me over the seven hundred mark. I’d spotted a few on route and while on chub search. Retracing my steps I landed barbel number 699 and 700 (above) - and added four more barbel & a regular size chub for good measure!
For the barbel records: 4lb 7oz, 4lb, 3½lb, 2½lb, 1¾lb & 1½lb (68)
Great fish, well angled that man. Why does success with chub always include nettle rash, insect bites, tics and torn clothing?ReplyDelete
Cheers. I think I spend my entire summers getting stung, I’d like to say I’m getting used to it, but it hurts like a bastard every time!Delete
boots sting relief spray.i only have to look at a nettle..Delete
Either dock leaves, or better still spotting a fish to take my mind off the stinging!Delete
Wow what a Chub Brian !!!! well doneReplyDelete
Cheers Mick, such an impressive fish to see let alone catch. I’m amazed James didn’t drop everything, race down and beat me to it!Delete
a whopper for there!could be seven by winter.keep feeding it mind.Delete
Looks pretty much top summer weight with that gut, but who knows in winter when the back half starts to fill up - hopefully see her again in February!Delete
Was a stunner, going to keep my eyes peeled for her big sister now...Delete
What a unit! Congrats Brian,top angling. Certainly one to be proud of.ReplyDelete
Thanks James, very pleased with a six - especially from this river and this early in the season!Delete