Chub are a species usually found in our country's rivers but they can grow very big in stillwaters too - as shown by this giant from a southern carp venue.
Captor Leigh Harman told us the story...
“I LIVE near a carp lake called Nightingales Fishery, in Kent, where alongside the large carp live some big perch and, unusually, some pretty hefty chub too.
“Fancying something a little different, I spent a day targeting the latter after being tipped off by the owner about a few good swims. I had the lake to myself and settled in a spot where there’s a weedbed right in the edge. The chub hide in there, so I kept things simple and floatfished a worm right by it.
“On my first cast, I had a fish of 5lb 10oz, then a few ‘sixes’ shortly after. I was already buzzing with these fish, but as I was starting to pack my stuff away, I noticed the bottom clouding up and a large black tail in the edge.
“The float went and I was in again, this time landing this belting 7lb 6oz chub – a new lake record and a personal best by miles. I could feel every beat of its tail through my old 13ft match rod!”