NEILL STEPHEN: Record Chub 2012

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -


SPEC­I­MEN ace and for­mer Dren­nan Cup win­ner Neill Stephen cer­tainly went the ex­tra yard to catch his Bri­tish record-equalling chub of 9lb 5oz from the River Lea in 2012. And, as with many of the best big-fish catches down the years, the sim­plest rig proved suc­cess­ful – he used noth­ing more com­pli­cated than a free­lined lump of cheese paste.

Said Neill: “The river runs through an area pop­u­lar with dog walk­ers, and the fish seem to know ex­actly when the qui­etest times are. I would ar­rive at the river well be­fore first light and, creep­ing along the banks, was able to hear the chub splash­ing and sur­fac­ing in cer­tain ar­eas as they fed. This ul­ti­mately helped me choose the best spots to fish.”

Neill’s record-equalling 9lb 5oz chub.

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