A session on the River Calder threw up this surprise 4lb 13oz ide for Greg Redmond, using a rod and reel combo he won in Angling Times 14 years ago!
Targeting his local stretch of the Yorkshire waterway at Brighouse for chub, he thought he had hooked his target species on a maggot feeder rig. However closer inspection revealed the culprit to be an ide - a species which originates from Scandinavia and is only stocked into stillwaters in this country, although a few have escaped into our rivers over time.
“I’ve heard of a 6lb ide being caught here once before and I had it on a 4lb hooklength and a size 16 Animal hook, using a Shimano Stradic 4000 reel and Technium Specialist rod I won in Angling Times in 2000. I got the prize for catching a pair of 2lb roach. It’s the best rod and reel I’ve ever used!” he said.