NOT many specimen anglers target big fish on the float nowadays, but Kane Hammond showed them all what they were missing when he banked a sensational brace comprising a 7lb 1oz chub and a 14lb 11oz barbel from a southern river – with both fish falling to trotting tactics.
“I sprayed maggots into the swim with a catapult and then fished a wire-stemmed stick float on 8lb braided mainline, with an 0.16mm hooklength and a size 20 hook carrying a single or double maggot hookbait.
“I’ve always found that you can land big fish on light gear so long as your tackle is balanced, and I believe using small hooks results in more bites.
“Both fish fought hard, holding down deep in the middle of the river, then scrapping hard under the tip. My arm was aching, but eventually they were bundled into the net.”
To cap off his memorable session, Kane also landed a further four chub.