After seeing a big chub and three barbel in a swim on the Avon’s famous Royalty Fishery, Dan Pestell decided to return to the spot with his gear a week later – and was rewarded with this 7lb 3oz chub.
The 38-year-old from Christchurch, Dorset, told Angling Times: “I noticed a big chub with a scale missing on its back, sitting alongside three barbel of a similar size.
“The water is so clear and shallow in this spot that when I came back, I had to sit right away from the water as the fish are very spooky.
“It’s a new personal best and is an incredible weight for a summer fish. There are a lot of big fish down here at the moment.”
Dan caught the big Avon chub on an 8mm pellet on a size 10 Drennan hook with a small mesh bag of freebies nicked on.