This is the picture of the biggest chub of the year that was caught from the River Thames and weighed in at 8lb 8drams.
Stewart Allum has been searching the depths of his favourite river in pursuit of monster chub for over 20 years and finally achieved his goal when he visited a stretch he’s never fished before.
The Chub Study Group member from East Grinstead, Sussex, kicked off his session-to-remember by introducing a few balls of cheese paste and it wasn’t long before his hookbait was found by a specimen topping the scales at 6lb 10oz.
But the best was yet to come.
After topping-up the swim with his home-made paste Stewart returned to the swim at dusk to set is hook into the new personal best.
“I almost didn’t go chubbing, but as the stream I was going to fish for roach was out of sorts I decided to drive to the Thames and give this new area a try. I guess it was just meant to be,” said Stewart.
“This was the biggest chub I’ve seen in my life and as I drew it over the net and saw the thickness of the fish I thought to myself ‘this looks like a breeze block’.”
The incredible fish measured 22.5 inches to the fork in its tail and boasted a girth of 16.25 inches.
It beats his previous personal best that weighed 7lb 2oz, which was also banked from the River Thames in 2008 and his new ‘pb’ was fooled with a simple paternoster rig that was made from 6lb line and a size 6 hook.
“This means so much to me as I’ve specialised in chub fishing since my teens and also suffered the loss of two enormous Thames chub over the years, which have haunted me for ages,” Stewart continued.
“I’ve caught pike to over 30lb and 3lb plus rudd, but this is by far the best coarse fish I’ve ever landed”