Chub galore See the lat­est catches

Stun­ning 7lb 2oz River Trent fish heads week of top catches

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News ed­i­tor

OUR rivers are pro­duc­ing their best big chub sport of the sum­mer so far.

The first such fish scaled 7lb 2oz and was caught by river fish­ing fa­natic Alfie Nay­lor, who makes the most of liv­ing close to the Trent, one of the UK’s most in-form and sought-af­ter venues.

The com­mit­ment needed to catch the big­gest spec­i­mens was clear when he fed half-a-kilo of 110% Baits Red­ball plum boilies into his swim for sev­eral evenings be­fore fi­nally wet­ting a line.

Then, af­ter fin­ish­ing work, the spe­cial­ist from Ne­wark, Notts, headed down to see if his care­fully-laid trap had tempted one of the res­i­dent chub into the area. His an­swer came just sec­onds af­ter he dropped his rod into the rest.

“I’d been on the bank for less than five min­utes, and my left­hand rod ripped off just af­ter the boilie hook­bait hit the deck,” Alfie told Angling Times.

“I’ve had a run of dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel on the river and some big carp, so to smash my chub per­sonal best is in­cred­i­ble.”

He’s since been back to the river, back­ing up his ‘seven’ with an­other chub weigh­ing 6lb.

Richard Hart was also cel­e­brat­ing the cap­ture of a huge chub just a few weeks af­ter beat­ing his pb for the species. This time round it was a 7lb fish from a Mid­lands river for the an­gler from Heanor, Der­byshire.

“I’d been trot­ting pel­lets for about two hours when I de­cided to move,” he said.

“I was get­ting my gear to­gether when I looked back to see what I thought was a bar­bel of around 8lb move across the river to the far bank.

“I de­cided to give a leg­ered lob­worm a go and bounce it around un­der the tree where the fish headed – and sure enough, about five min­utes later I got a great drop-back bite.

“This fish made my for­mer per­sonal best from a few weeks back look very small in com­par­i­son.”

Alfie Nay­lor’s 7lb 2oz chub from the Trent.

Richard Hart’s Mid­lands river fish went 7lb.

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