Trent seven-pounder high­lights a week of big fish off the beaten track

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE na­tion’s rivers are pro­duc­ing their best chub sport of the sum­mer, and species ex­perts are urg­ing an­glers to launch their cam­paigns now.

Run­ning wa­ter venues have been packed with an­glers since the start of the sea­son, many mak­ing bar­bel and bream their main tar­gets.

But river fish­ing spe­cial­ist Lee Swords is among those who are urg­ing other an­glers to turn their at­ten­tions to chub this sum­mer.

He proved why by bank­ing sev­eral huge fish to 7lb from the River Trent.The Hook Bait Com­pany-backed an­gler cov­ered miles of the wa­ter­way, adopt­ing a rov­ing ap­proach with a free­lined bread­flake hook­bait and just a piece of rig putty on the line to add a lit­tle weight.

It was a ploy that pro­duced four fish to a best of 5lb 13oz, but Lee was con­vinced that a big­ger spec­i­men was there for the tak­ing.

He re­turned just days later with a more static at­tack that in­volved leg­ering a glugged Spicy Meat Pro dumb­ell wrapped in paste.

His switch proved to be an in­stant hit, and in a mem­o­rable night of ac­tion he net­ted chub of 4lb 14oz, 5lb 14oz and 6lb 9oz be­fore the big­gest of the lot – the seven-pounder – was caught.

Lee told Angling Times: “It was a fan­tas­tic few days’ sport but I am by no means sur­prised at what I caught, as sum­mer chub­bing can be re­ally pro­lific.

“The best bar­bel areas are packed at this time of year and I’m not the kind of per­son that en­joys get­ting in among the crowds.

“If chub are your tar­get, you can go off the beaten track and find some huge fish that no­body else seems in­ter­ested in.

“Both my ‘search­ing’ rigs for a rov­ing and static ap­proach work for big fish, and both of them play a part in my tactics.

“This is my third ver­i­fied chub over 7lb, and they were all caught in sum­mer. I would soon get bored just fish­ing for bar­bel on the Trent – the river is so much more than the best bar­bel venue in the UK.”

Bristol’s Kenny Par­sons is equally en­thu­si­as­tic about his A 6lb 13oz chub from the Hamp­shire Avon for Bristol big-fish man Kenny Par­sons. sum­mer chub fish­ing an­tics, and got his cam­paign off to a flyer with a 6lb 13oz lump from the Hamp­shire Avon.

Clear con­di­tions made it tricky for him to get the fish feed­ing con­fi­dently, but by scal­ing down his rig to 6lb fluoro­car­bon main­line and a hook­length of the same strength he even­tu­ally gained the only bite of the day when the fish gob­bled up his pel­let hook­bait.

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