This cracking 7lb 9oz chub caught by Dick Bateman (right) is further proof that the famous Adam’s Mill fishery is fast becoming one of the UK’s premier venues for the species.
The stretch, which is part of the Great Ouse in Bedfordshire, is better known for producing huge barbel, including the current British record of 21lb 1oz which was taken in November 2006.
However, in recent seasons it has built a firm following with chub enthusiasts, among them venue regular Dick, who beat his old personal best by 4oz with the capture, before adding another chub of 6lb 6oz later in the same session.
The specialist from St Albans, Herts, feeder fished breadflake on a size 10 hook over a carpet of mashed bread in a swim that was choked with heavy weed to take both fish.
He said: “A mainline of 10lb and a hooklength that breaks at 9.5lb might sound excessive for chub fishing, but believe me you need it to land fish from the weed in this river. This was my first session on the venue this season, which just shows you the quality of the chub fishing on offer at Adam’s Mill.”
Another angler getting among the big chub this week was Phil Spinks, who fulfilled a long-held ambition to catch a 7lb specimen from Norfolk’s River Wensum.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts at the back end of last season, the Lyng-based manager of Avenue Angling hit the jackpot a couple of days into his new campaign after the impressive fish fell for a freelined lump of breadflake.
“I saw the big one, along with three other chub, just below the surface, and it looked massive.
The water was so low and clear that I actually saw it take my hookbait,” said Phil.
A powerful fight ensued, before the 29-year-old finally beat his new personal best with 6lb mainline tied directly to a size 8 Drennan Super Specialist hook.
“I’ve heard so many tales of huge chub being seen during the summer months, but I never expected to catch one in June,” he added.