CHUB – 7 lb 10 oz

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and try­ing to get to the snags. I man­aged to turn the fish away from them, en­cour­ag­ing it into the net.“It was a very long fish, at 25 in., and had a girth of 15.5 in., so it's cer­tainly go­ing to be a very big chub in a cou­ple years’ time.”Also on the Lea, Si­mon Baker recorded his first chub of over the 7 lb bar­rier, also with a 7 lb 10 oz spec­i­men from the River Lea.Finch­ley, North Lon­don-based Si­mon, 29, lost a good fish in snags the week be­fore, butSi­mon Baker re­turned us­ing a stick float and sin­gle mag­got on a size 20 hook and 4 lb trace.Si­mon said: “I was feed­ing mag­gots for 45 min­utes be­fore my first trot down.“The float sailed away on the sec­ond trot, and when I struck I knew that I had con­nected to some­thing a bit spe­cial.“Af­ter a tough battle on light tackle, I fi­nally net­ted her.“Fel­low an­glers on the stretch said it was about time I got one of the big ones.”

JENNY FREE­MAN set a new grayling PB with this fine 2 lb 7 oz spec­i­men from her lo­cal River Frome, in Dorch­ester, Dorset. The lo­cal 27-year-old lass link leg­ered mag­gots and worms with a quiv­er­tip, and added a 2 lb grayling, along with six brown trout.

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