ANDY BIRCH notched his second biggest chub ever with this 8 lb 2 oz specimen from the River Lea system.

The 46-year-old sign maker used home-made cheese paste in a roving session and the chevin falls just below his 8 lb 12 oz PB from March, 2014.

Harlow, Essex-based Andy said: “I quivertip the paste on a size 4 Drennan Boilie hook – I like this pattern so much for chub I purchased a lifetime supply a few years back.

“It was my second trip to the undisclosed venue that I normally fish towards the back end of the season in the hope of connecting with something special before the season ends.

“Last year the venue produced a brace of 7 lb chub in the final weeks. Not many fish there but most times they are big.

“I introduce half a dozen pieces of cheese paste before I start fishing a spot and follow it up with my hookbait, no pre-baiting. “I usually search for the fish by working my way along a stretch and sometimes fish up to 6-8 spots in a session giving each spot half an hour or so.”

This is a short version of the story that appeared in Angler’s Mail printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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