Big chub ga­lore

Thames gi­ant tops a week of fine spec­i­mens

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - FRED­DIE SANDFORD News Re­porter

Six and seven-pounders kick off the au­tumn sea­son on the rivers

THE sea­son’s best chub of 8lb 5oz tops a bumper list of fish caught in a fan­tas­tic week for the species.

Back­ing-up the mid-8lb fish were a pair of seven-pounders along­side sev­eral more of 6lb-plus to round off a tremen­dous run of form on south­ern rivers.

The 8lb 5oz fish was landed by south­ern spec­i­men an­gler Matthew Hartshorne, who con­nected with his prize on a night fish­ing ses­sion.

At the time of An­gling Times go­ing to press, Matthew was un­avail­able to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails of his catch, al­though it was banked from a sec­tion of the River Thames in Maiden­head. This mas­sive fish was fol­lowed by a thump­ing 7lb 2oz chub

caught by Leighton McDon­nell.

Tar­get­ing the River Great Ouse, Leighton fished with paste wrapped around a cork ball sus­pended 18ins off the bot­tom.

Speak­ing of his cap­ture, Leighton said: “I fed 50 pieces of paste across two swims after hear­ing the fish splash­ing as it searched for fry in the mar­gins.

“It was on my third cast when I hooked this very fat chub that spewed out fry in the net!”

Ste­wart Barnes also had a sen­sa­tional ses­sion, land­ing a 7lb 6oz chub along­side a 10lb 1oz bar­bel. Tar­get­ing a grav­elly spot be­hind streamer weed on the River Great Ouse above Bed­ford, Stu­art leg­ered two 10mm boilies wrapped in paste along­side just four boilies fed in a PVA bag.

The third ‘seven’ fell to Paul Restall in the shape of a 7lb beauty. He hooked into the fish from a stretch of the Hamp­shire Avon, but Paul be­lieves there were even big­ger fish in his peg.

“I spot­ted a shoal of large chub, and I’m sure some of these were even big­ger than the fish I landed!” he said. He leg­ered an 8mm hal­ibut pel­let over 4mm and 6mm feed along­side crushed hemp and hal­ibut ground­bait to tempt the im­pres­sive spec­i­men.

Pa­tience was key for An­drew Tred­gett, who landed a crack­ing 6lb 13oz River Lea chub on his lat­est out­ing.

He said: “I lo­cated a shoal of big chub and bar­bel un­der a bush and fed them pel­lets for a week be­fore cast­ing a 15mm boilie on a short hook­link to nail the fish.”

To round off a sen­sa­tional week, Der­ren Burr scooped a stun­ning pair of chub in­clud­ing a mon­ster of 6lb 15oz and a smaller one of 5lb 10oz. Fish­ing the River Great Ouse, the an­gler from Leighton Buz­zard, Bed­ford­shire made the most of a quick evening ses­sion and landed his fish in con­sec­u­tive casts us­ing 8mm hal­ibut pel­lets along­side PVA bags filled with 3mm sam­ples.

“I hooked this very fat chub that spewed out fry in the net”

Matt Hartshorne’s 8lb 5oz chub, the sea­son’s best.

Paul Restall landed this ‘seven’ from the Hants Avon.

A 7lb 6oz Great Ouse chub for Stu­art Barnes.

An­drew Tred­gett took this 6lb 13oz chub from the Lea. Great Ouse fish of 6lb 15oz and 5lb 10oz fell to Der­ren Burr.

Leighton McDon­nell bagged this Great Ouse chub of 7lb 2oz.

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