LONDON taxi driver Russell May is still buzzing with excitement after catching what could possibly be the biggest chub in the UK today.

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Russell May with his 8 lb 10 oz chub, that wins him £100 of Korum tackle in our magazine’s Korum Specimen Cup. Report your exclusively catches by email to the magazine, to:


Russell caught the 8 lb 10 oz specimen from a secret location in Hertfordshire using lobworm. At its winter weight the fish could be 1 lb heavier.

The 47-year-old from Edmonton, North London, said: “I’m going to give the same stretch of river a go this winter when the 8 lb 10 oz chub may well beat the British record.”

The biggest reported river chub is a 9 lb 5 oz specimen to Neill Stephen from Hertfordshire’s River Lea in March 2012. Only the fact it was weighed in a flimsy plastic bag, which weighed something but didn’t register on the scales, meant it didn’t get a share of the British record.

The heaviest summer chub from a river was 9 lb 3 oz, reported from the River Thames by specimen angler Carl Welch. The Colne, a Thames tributary, has also produced a summer nine-pounder.

A 9 lb 5 oz Surrey stillwater fish, caught by carp ace Andy Maker, holds the chub crown on the current official British coarse fish record list.

This is just as short version of the original news story that first appeared in Angler’s Mail magazine – your big value magazine for latest news, tips, and a massive Where To Fish This Week section.


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