LEE EDWARDS: Wye Match Record 2007
IT WAS dubbed ‘the greatest river catch of all time’ and to this day few can argue the importance of Lee Edwards’ 2007 River Wye Championship catch.
The Welsh International bagged 316lb 4oz from a peg on the Belmont stretch in Hereford.
Fishing a shallow swim in low and clear conditions, Lee gave a masterclass in waggler fishing, feeding heavily with hemp, caster and maggots. He soon found the fish and began netting a seemingly endless procession of quality chub to 5lb. At his peak, Lee was catching one a minute and had 100lb just 90 minutes into the match before going on to set a new river match record.
He told Angling Times: “I set myself up to be positive but I wasn’t expecting much because of how low and clear it was. I sat on top of the bank before the start and spotted just two small chub. They must have been well camouflaged because I was into fish immediately.
Lee fed his way through six pints of caster sand five pints of hemp, fishing double caster or double red maggot on a size 14 hook.
For Lee, the chub just kept on coming.