Laurence Mason proved the worth of fishing into dark when targeting chub after he netted the biggest of the season so far with a huge 8lb 8oz specimen.
After already beating his personal best for the species with a fish that tipped the scales at 5lb 9oz, the 20-year-old from Essex decided to have one last cast into a swim on the famous Fishers Green stretch of the River Lea.
It proved to be one of the best decisions of his fishing career after the chub, that measured almost 2ft in length, found his legered halibut pellets.
The fish is believed to be the same one that was recently landed at the fishery in Waltham Abbey, Essex, by Keith Little at a weight of 8lb 6oz and this time it was fooled by the local angler after he primed his chosen swim with loosefed pellets.
“I was delighted to see that no one was in my chosen swim and even though I started fishing at 1pm, I knew I had to stay put until after dark because this is the best time to catch a monster chub,” said Laurence.
“After landing the 5lb 9oz fish I really didn’t think I was going to get another bite, but I just left the bait right next to a snag tree, which was obviously exactly where the fish wanted it. I knew it was going to weigh over 8lb, but I never expected to see 8lb 8oz come up on the scales.”
Another angler to strike chub gold recently was Leighton McDonnell, who netted a chub weighing 8lb 1oz.
It’s a specimen that’s believed to be the second biggest ever landed from the Great River Ouse and made an appearance after the Tring-based rod moulded paste around a cork ball to avoid the attentions of the river’s crayfish population.