Piling in the loosefeed on a tributary of the Great Ouse eventually paid off for Keith Speer when he fooled this 7lb 2oz chub on his 500th cast of the day.
Barbel had been the Hertfordshire angler’s main target but after an uneventful morning he scaled down his stickfloat attack for the afternoon session.
The switch didn’t transform his fortunes instantly but the one bite he did get was greeted with a solid resistance and Keith told Angling Times: “I initially thought it was a big barbel but just over five minutes later it showed itself to be a very big chub.”
“I fed maggots every time I ran the float through the swim and the tactic eventually paid off.”
A light rig made up of a Dave Harrell wire stemmed stickfloat and a 0.10mm hooklength to a size 18 hook produced the solitary specimen.