GETTING into the festive spirit with his Santa hat, Bob Roberts couldn’t believe his luck on his first ever trip down to the River Lea when he bent into this 6 lb 5 oz chub plus another of 6 lb 4 oz.

The South Yorkshire-based Daiwa consultant waggler fished maggot using 3 lb Daiwa Rig line to a size 18 Gamakatsu Pellet hook and added a further ten fish all over 4 lb.

Bob, who has a popular blog at, then reflected on 2011 for this special Angler’s Mail look-back…

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