JAMES BUTLER connected with this lure-caught 7 lb 9 oz giant after he put in some graft clearing a swim.

The 31-year-old from Edgware, North London struck into the impressive chub on the River Thames. It beat his personal best by the narrow margin of 1 oz.

James told Angler’s Mail: “I recently come across a neglected stretch of river so on my next trip I came prepared with some gardening shears.

“After a few hours in blistering heat I had cut out a few swims which were overgrown with stinging nettles and brambles.

“I left it for that session after causing quite a bit of commotion. I made a plan to lure fish during the day because of the boats and play the bait and wait at night when I returned the following week.”

A lure like this tempted the giant chub.

James continued: “When I returned I saw some chub rising for insects so I put on a frog lure on my light lure rod with 20 lb braid to a 25 lb trace.

“I had a couple of takes but I couldn’t hook up so I switched to a Savage Gear Soft 4Play which I kept just under the surface.

“I had two missed takes on that too so I slowed it down a touch on the next cast…  I saw a big bow wave come in and the fish nailed it. I was, and still am, over the moon,” he added.

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