6lb chub tempted from coloured Ouse tributary

Tony Gibson proved that you shouldn’t let up-and-coloured rivers put you off after netting this 6lb 10oz chub.

After walking the banks of a tributary of the River Ouse to find a slacker area where he thought the fish would be seeking sanctuary out of the main flow, he fished a simple carp-style bolt rig incorporating a 3oz lead in order to hold bottom.

The cracking specimen was the Northamptonshire-based Nash-consultant’s only bite of the session and was beaten with a 15lb Nash Missing Link hooklink tied to a size 8 hook, onto which he hair-rigged a 15mm Dynamite Baits’ The Source boilie.

“In flooded conditions I always use a solid PVA bag filled with broken and crumbed boilies to create an inviting trail of feed in the swim,” said Tony. “It’s vital to puncture the bag a few times and let the air out, though, to ensure it sinks to the bottom.”