'No feed' tactic pays off with 7lb River Lea chub

Phil Buckingham proved that you don’t need mountains of bait to catch big fish when he landed this 7lb 7oz chub from the River Lea.

The 63-year-old vice president of the Barbel Society, opted for a no feed approach, instead casting a running lead rig with just a large chunk of hair-rigged meat into his swim at Kings Weir in Hertfordshire.

The Essex rod remained patient through a biteless first few hours but when the light faded his rod wrapped round and the fish - his eightieth chub over 6lb - was no match for his 10lb Berkley  mainline, 10lb Drennan Sink Link hooklength and size 8 Korda Longshank hook.

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