RIG THAT TOOK BIG­GEST CHUB OF THE SEA­SON

Lea’s Kings Weir Fish­ery pro­duces a run of big fish to 8lb 4oz

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - FRED­DIE SAND­FORD

IT’S not of­ten that a chub is mis­taken for a carp, but Alan Grim­wood’s 8lb 4oz beast of a chevin was so big that it al­most fooled the Steve­nage-based an­gler.

Tar­get­ing the fa­mous Kings Weir

Fish­ery on Hert­ford­shire’s River Lea, Alan had a bite around 8pm and in­stantly con­nected with his fish of a life­time.

He said: “It’s an amaz­ing fish and a new per­sonal best for me, beat­ing my pre­vi­ous best of 5lb 10oz.”

A 15mm The Source boilie wrapped in match­ing paste was the bait that fooled the chub, and this was cast over a scat­ter­ing of chopped boilies just a few rodlengths out.

On the same night that Alan landed the 8lb 4oz fish, fish­ery man­ager An­drew Tred­gett also got in on the Kings Weir chub ac­tion, land­ing a stun­ning 7lb 4oz fish.

Just a few days later, An­drew re­turned to the fish­ery and added an­other chub weigh­ing an im­mense 7lb 8oz. This was his third 7lb chub of the sea­son, adding to an­other four fish over the 6lb bar­rier.

When asked about why the fish­ery has pro­duced so many big chub, An­drew said: “The Lea has al­ways had big chub, if you look on YouTube there is a video of an elec­tro-fish sur­vey done in 1992 and there were mas­sive fish way back then. It’s dif­fi­cult to say ex­actly why chub get so big here, maybe the habi­tat is right for them to grow big, or maybe there’s some­thing in the Lea’s wa­ter.”

An­drew Tred­gett with his 7lb 8oz chub.

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