Two HUGE Yorkshire chub banked in the same week

Pair of fish over 7lb reported in incredible spell for northern rivers

Two HUGE Yorkshire chub banked in the same week

by Angling Times |

SEVEN-POUND chub are far from plentiful in Yorkshire, so having two reported to us in the same week, each weighing 7lb 4oz, is a truly remarkable occurrence.

Most weeks our catch pages are filled with huge chub, and while you’ll see plenty larger, a ‘seven’ from a northern river is arguably the equivalent of a fish a pound bigger from some rivers in the Midlands and south of the country.

First up to broach the magical mark was Malton angler Anthony Stockdale. He banked a thickset fish from the River Swale using breadflake fished below a feeder packed with liquidised bread.

“I dropped into a noted chub swim at dusk, and after a quick two-pounder, I had a positive pull on my fine quivertip,” he said.

“The fish fought strongly to try to make the overhanging willow trees on either side of me, and I was astonished when I lifted my landing net out and saw the size of the fish,” he said.

Anthony Stockdale banked his ‘seven’ from the Swale
Anthony Stockdale banked his ‘seven’ from the Swale

Also achieving ‘northern chub Nirvana’ was York-based Darren Starkey, who ended a four-year mission for a ‘seven’ from his home county.

Fishing an afternoon session, he’d had no action throughout the day and thought it wasn’t going to happen.

“I had a delicate tap on the tip before it pulled round firmly and I hit into what was clearly a good fish,” he told us. “Fighting fish at night is always exciting, and when I saw the size of this one I was blown away.”

His fish fell to Dynamite Baits Cheesy Garlic paste fished below a feeder filled with matching groundbait mixed 50/50 with bread.

Darren Starkey’s fish marks the end of a four-year quest
Darren Starkey’s fish marks the end of a four-year quest
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