Pre­bait­ing gains con­fi­dence of big­gest fish in the shoal T

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

HIS is the big­gest chub of the sea­son so far, at 8lb 2oz.

The spec­i­men was banked by river spe­cial­ist Paul Allen, who spot­ted a group of fish dur­ing an evening ses­sion on the Hamp­shire Avon.

Af­ter lay­ing down a bed of pel­lets via a bait drop­per, the air­craft en­gi­neer from Dorset, who’s been fish­ing the fa­mous wa­ter­way for more than 15 years, sat back for 30 min­utes and watched a shoal of chub con­fi­dently graze over the bait.

“I’ve never seen chub feed so con­fi­dently. They were flash­ing over the bait and rip­ping up the bot­tom to get to the pel­lets…. it was all very ex­cit­ing,” he told Angling Times.

“Even though it was bright it was very windy, so I couldn’t see how big the fish were through the rip­pled sur­face.”

Af­ter miss­ing a bite on his very first cast, Paul’s leg­ered fish­meal boilie hook­bait was taken by the huge chub 10 min­utes af­ter re­cast­ing.

His rig was con­structed with a braided hook­link and a size 8 hook, the same as he used to bank his pre­vi­ous per­sonal best chub of ex­actly 8lb back in 2013.

“I re­ally didn’t re­alise how big the chub was un­til I lifted it out of the land­ing net and on to the un­hook­ing mat,” he con­tin­ued.

“The pic­ture re­ally doesn’t do this chunk of a chub jus­tice be­cause it was so wide across the back and ex­tremely deep – a huge sum­mer fish.

“But it still was a real shock when the pointer on the scales went over the 8lb mark.

“What is truly re­mark­able about this stun­ning chub is that it looked so young. It cer­tainly didn’t give the im­pres­sion of be­ing an old war­rior, as many big chub tend to do.”

Paul Allen and his 8lb 2oz Hants Avon chub.

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