The incredible run of big chub from venues nationwide continued this week with the capture of a 7lb 14oz heavyweight from a canal!
In what has been a fantastic week for catches of the species, carp angler Richard Hogg was left shell-shocked when he netted the monster specimen from a seldom-fished section of the Staffs and Worcester Canal.
Targeting a swim where he had previously caught carp, the Brownhills-based angler set his stall out by scattering a few boilies by hand.
Then he carefully cast a wafter hookbait into the swim.
“When the alarm sounded I thought it was a small carp but then, when I lifted up the net, I was confronted by the biggest chub I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“It wasn’t my target species, but I will take that fish any day of the week.”
It’s not the first big chub to be caught by the West Midlander. Richard’s previous best stands at an impressive 7lb 8oz, and you can see more of his catches by visiting his Facebook page, Canal Carp Diary.
It’s not just on canals where anglers have been enjoying some superb chub sport, though, as Alfie Naylor proved when he smashed his personal best for the third time this season with a
7lb 8oz fish from the River Trent.
Just a few weeks after landing a 7lb 2oz chub, the Nottinghamshire rod revisited his local stretch and went one better.
“I visited the swim a few times leading up to the session and scattered a few 110 Baits Redball Plum boilies around before fishing it with just a small PVA bag of five or six boilies dusted in krill powder tight in one spot,” he said.
Alfie’s set-up was made up of a short section of 20lb Drennan Sink Link hooklength tied to a size 6 hook.