The River Trent chub record has been rocked with the capture of a colossal summer fish weighing 8lb 2oz.
The remarkable specimen – the biggest of the season – fell to Vortex Baits-backed Jay Elliott during a four-hour evening session on the Midlands river.
The 44-year-old from Nottingham said: “This had to be one of the finest sessions in my 34 years in angling.
“After failing to connect with two bites, resulting in bait missing from the hair, I knew there were chub in the swim.
“There was no mistakes on the third bite and from the off I knew it was a good fish, with typical thudding chub headshakes.
“When I saw the huge mouth and big rubber lips my heart skipped a beat, then, when the fish was in the net, I realised it was beyond my wildest dreams.”
Jay tackled the Trent chub with a running rig comprising a 4oz gripper lead and a 3ft hooklength fixed to a Hybrid Tackle size 8 Curve Shank hook.
He used a Vortex Crab, Krill and Oyster Cocoon boilie presented alongside a Castaway PVA mesh bag of freebies.