UK spec­i­men an­glers edg­ing ever closer to the 8lb mark – the best this week misses out by a mere ounce at 7lb 15oz!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - CHRIS HAYDON News re­porter

THE big­gest chub of the sea­son at 7lb 15oz has fallen to spec­i­men rod Phil Mapp, who had a su­perb week on the Great Ouse.

Break­ing his per­sonal best twice in five days, Phil started his week with a 7lb 13oz fish on bread­flake from the Great Lin­ford Lakes stretch of the river.

“It was the fish of a life­time,” said Phil, “But I knew of a dif­fer­ent stretch that I reckon held an 8lb-plus chub – so I de­cided to make a move”

That de­ci­sion paid off when the first ses­sion on the new wa­ter de­liv­ered an­other pb and the big­gest re­ported chub caught by de­sign this sea­son at 7lb 15oz.

“After about 35 min­utes the tip went round very slowly, al­most as if de­bris had caught my line. When I struck it just felt solid out in the crease.

“Fif­teen min­utes later she slid over the net and then I re­alised why the fish was so heavy – its fat belly in the bot­tom of the mesh was an amaz­ing sight,” he said.

Phil’s Ouse mon­ster was caught on sim­ple tra­di­tional leger tac­tics with a 6lb Max­ima main­line tied di­rect to a size 4 Ka­masan B983 hook and a lob­worm hook­bait.

Martin Gray also took ad­van­tage of the Ouse’s great form for chub and put in the ef­fort to catch a 7lb 4oz spec­i­men.

The fish was a new per­sonal best for Martin and was caught on a Com­plex T boilie pre­sented on a size 8 hook.

Kings Weir fish­ery man­ager An­drew Tred­gett is no stranger to big chub and spends plenty of time learn­ing the habits of the

fish on the fa­mous River Lea weir pool. This knowl­edge paid off in hand­some fash­ion when he landed a new pb of 7lb 10oz from the day-ticket wa­ter.

The ex­cep­tion­ally long chub was caught on a 15mm dumb­ell boilie which had been in a glug since the start of the sea­son.

Phil Mapp’s 7lb 15oz chub, the sea­son’s best.

A 7lb 10oz River Lea chub to An­drew Tred­gett.

Martin Gray’s 7lb 4oz Great Ouse chub.

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