A debut session on the River Lea produced an early Christmas present for Barry Peck when he banked this personal best 6lb 14oz chub.
The Solihull-based rod made the 200-mile round trip to the Kings Weir Fishery stretch of the waterway and sprayed maggots continuously for two hours before finally wetting a line.
Once his floatfished double maggot was in the water, it didn’t take long for the action to begin, with the specimen finding the bait on the second trot through the shallow spot.
“I thought I’d hooked the bottom to start with until I saw a big boil on the surface. Once in the net it was clear I’d broken my previous record of 4lb 15oz and I was rendered almost speechless,” explained Barry.