THE British record chub could have been obliterated with the reported capture of a 10 lb monster.

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East Londoner Robert Majko was fishing his favourite stretch of the River Thames at Romney Island near Windsor in Berkshire when the colossal chub smashed into his Savage Gear 30 cm Real Eel lure.

The 39-year-old who hails from Poland was completely unaware of the significance of the fish, which is well ahead of the biggest chub listed on the British coarse fish record list.

He did a selfie video which shows him weighing ther fish and scales going to 12 lb 8 oz, before Robert deducted the weight of the net. But he did not get it witnessed and won’t be claiming a record.

This is just a short version of the full story that appeared exclusively in the printed Angler’s Mail magazine.

Since appearing in the magazine, Robert’s giant  – from an area of the lower Thames noted for heavyweight chub for many years – has got many people talking.

Many fine fish in the area go unreported, and Environment Agency officials have in the past told Angler’s Mail that, after surveys, they rate the 3-4 miles of Thames below Windsor as amongst the very best for big chub.

There has been condemnation of Robert’s fish being photographed on a hard surface and that the captor used a boga grip for a pike he caught.

Angler’s Mail recommends the use of unhooking mats, and is against the use of boga grips, which are popular with predator anglers in other countries but not here in the UK.

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