Targeting a swim ‘well off the radar’ produced one of the biggest chub ¬ a giant weighing 7lb on the nose ¬ ever to come from the Warwickshire Avon for Shane Flaxton.
It was a short barbel session that produced the new personal best for the Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warks-based rod, who headed to a seldom-used peg on his local stretch and was rewarded with the specimen after it gobbled up a halibut pellet wrapped in matching paste.
As soon as it hit his net, Shane knew he had smashed his previous best for the species.
“I’ve had chub from the river to 6lb in the past, but this was in a different league altogether. One bite in the session was all I needed to go home a happy man,” said Shane.
The facilities manager used a 10lb Korda hooklink and a size 10 ESP Raptor hook to beat the specimen.
Another angler getting in on the big chub action this week was Tom Marshall, who had already tasted personal best success on the Thames with the species earlier in the season, only to lose the photographs of his prized catch.
There was no mistake this time around, however, and Tom breathed a sigh of relief when he returned to the same stretch and banked his new best of 7lb 2oz.
Targeting the edge of a gravel patch, the 23-year-old Oxfordshire-based rod used a piece of breadflake in conjunction with a feeder stuffed with crumb to tempt the specimen on just the second cast of his two-hour evening session.
“I was devastated when I lost the photos of my previous pb of 6lb 12oz, so I was keen to get back there as soon as possible to put the record straight,” said Tom, who used 6lb mainline straight through to a size 6 hook.