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AN OLD school bait book helped Leighton McDonnell to bag an 8 lb 1 oz chub from the Great Ouse in Bedfordshire.

The Tring, Hertfordshire-based all-rounder accounted for what is believed to be the second biggest ever chub reported from the Great Ouse.

He dusted down a 24-year-old copy of Kempastini’s Book of Baits chose a recipe, added two fresh liquidized ingredients and threw in 20 20 mm balls half an hour before fishing to try and avoid rampant crayfish.

For the full story and stunning picture, check out this week’s issue of Angler’s Mail magazine, out Tuesday, November 23.