MATT STEER had the luxury of being able to fish from his grandparents’ lawn on an offshoot of Leicestershire’s River Soar... and he smashed his old PB of 5 lb 6 oz with this 7 lb 5 oz specimen.

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The 21-year-old plasterer from Hednesford, Staffordshire, tempted the stunning chub on a Mainline Diamond White boilie.

Matt explained: “The swim had been baited Friday night, throughout the day Saturday and the night before putting the rods in Sunday morning so it was very handy to prebait as me and my brother have struggled in the past.

“My only fish ever before from the stretch was a 5 lb chub last year.”

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