7lb 2oz chub warms cockles of his heart

A near 20-year quest for a 7lb-plus chub from his local Norfolk rivers ended in style for Tom Martin when he captured this 7lb 2oz specimen.
He finally cracked the milestone from the River Wensum, after the Norwich-based angler came agonisingly close in March 2015 with a similar 6lb 15oz specimen. It fell to a simple link ledger with three cockles presented on a size 6 hook, using 6lb line. Tom is a big fan of seafood baits for chub and had prebaited a few likely looking spots with cockles, which he intended to try in short spells. “This was my only fish of the session. The swim has produced for me a number of times. It’s snaggy, but there is a slack on the far side for fish to hole up in,” he said.