It's never too cold for specimen chub

If there’s one species that can be relied upon to provide a few bites no matter how cold it is, then it’s the chub, as some impressive catches from around the country this week prove.

One of the best was Richie Middleton’s immaculate 7lb 6oz Hants Avon specimen, caught on quivertipped breadflake during a short session on his local stretch of the southern river.

After spending a blank hour in his first-choice swim, the Ringwood Tackle owner moved to an area of much slacker water and after just two casts was admiring a new personal best sitting in the bottom of the landing net.

“Having spent all morning sledging with the kids I found myself sat at home dying of boredom so I decided to have a short session on a stretch of the river close to home,” explained Richard.

“I’m a big fan of cheesepaste for chub, but on this occasion I opted to fish a big piece of flake on a size 4 hook. Cheesepaste can go a bit hard in really cold water but bread fluffs up really nicely and a chub only has to breathe near the bait for your hook to fly into its mouth!” added Richard, who beat his previous best of 7lb 2oz caught last February.

Elsewhere, friends Richard Borley and Keith Little experienced some fantastic chub sport on the Fishers Green stretch of Hertfordshire’s River Lea, with each banking 7lb-plus specimens.

Tackle wholesaler Richard (50) was first off the mark, banking a 7lb 3oz lump on legered cheesepaste. Not to be outdone, his angling friend Keith Little, from Waltham Abbey in Essex, visited the same venue a few days later and hooked a pb 7lb 14oz giant, again on cheesepaste.