BRETT LONGTHORNE has enjoyed a brilliant season with five PBs - and came within an ounce of his chub best with this 7 lb 6 oz specimen.

Manchester-based Brett explained his winter chub success, that also featured a hefty barbel.

He told Angler’s Mail: “My latest session began on Friday night.

“I wasn’t fancying it because of a cold snap in the midweek previous, which saw temperatures plummet to freezing.

“I decided to head to the Trent.

“Maggot was the approach and to target the chub as I thought the barbel would not feed.

“I arrived late, put three spods of maggots and hemp in and used a size 16 hook, a 4 ft 8 lb hooklink and a 3 oz block-end feeder.

“Not much was happening at all, the maggots on the hook were not getting touched at all.

“But at 1.30 am on Saturday morning, I got my first bite and was not disappointed with my third 7 lb chub of the season.

“Then at 3 am I had another bite which resulted in a barbel at 13 lb 4 oz.”

Brett shows his big barbel.

Brett shows his big barbel.

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