LEE ED­WARDS: Wye Match Record 2007

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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.

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