STEWART BARNES had waited 12 years to beat his personal best chub of 7 lb 4 oz.... but finally managed it.
Stewart set a long-awaited PB with this 7 lb 6 oz beauty from Bedfordshire’s Great Ouse.
The warehouse manager told Angler’s Mail all about the tactics which scored for him on the Great Ouse.
Stewart said: “After a cold night the day before, I thought I’d add a paste wrap to the two 10 mm boilies. And I decided to keep feeding down to just four boilies, which were in PVA mesh and attached to a size 8 hook.
“After having another smaller chub and barbel, a couple of days before, I hoped I’d found an area where the fish may be holed up along a gravel run, that sat behind a long section of streamer weed.
“The first fish came at 10.30pm. It took me through every weed bed in the river, until a 10 lb 1 oz barbel was safely the net. I rested her for the next half an hour in the net, to make sure she had recovered.
“So by the time I had rebaited and cast back out, I was hoping I still had a chance of another fish before the temperature began to drop.
“Just after 1am the rod hooped over, and I was into what I knew was a big chub. Luckily, it stayed away from all the same weedbeds, but did then try to bury itself into the nearside reeds just before netting it.
“I knew as soon as I lifted it onto the mat that it was a 7 lb chub, but didn’t want to guess the weight. The digitals read 7 lb 6 oz and I knew I’d finally done it… a new PB,” concluded Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire-based Stewart.
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