Biggest chub of the season for former Olympian Dean Macey

Dean Macey described this 6lb 10oz chub – his biggest of the season so far - as ‘one of his most exciting captures ever.’

Arriving at a southern river, the former Olympic decathlete found most of the going swims taken so decided to get his walking boots on and go in search of a new spot.

“After an hour I spotted a dark tail glide under a bush in no more than a foot of water so I headed upstream and located a deeper channel to try and draw it out in to,” he said.

An hour spent feeding Hinders Elips pellets eventually attracted a few fish and another hour spent introducing Mainline Grange boilie chops had the big fish feeding confidently.

“I freelined half a boilie chop on a size 12 Korda Mixa hook and in the blink of an eye it was gone and before I knew it, the fish was in the net. In the water she looked every ounce of 7lb but she was so empty and came in slightly under.”