It looks like Osprey Specimen Group member Simon King has put, what may turn out to be, the season's biggest chub on the bank!
Fishing the river Lea at the well knowns Fishers Green venue, he latched onto the heavyweight fish that pushed the scales to 8lb 14ozs, only 7ozs behind the British record.
Having fished 'the Green' for ten years, Simon, 51, from London, tells me 'The river was fining down after a major flood, and with the mild weather I knew my chances of catching were good'.
Landing a 6lb 2oz chub shortly after casting out, he had the feeling that there was more to come.
'I find that when the debris stops coming downstream at the back end of flood, the fish start to move around and feed more', he continued, 'and where you get one, there are usually others around. I wasn’t expecting something so huge though, this is the second biggest-ever chub from the Lea that I know of, and one of the biggest chub from any river'.
On the business end, Simon used 10lb mainline, a coated braid hooklink to a size 6 hook, and baited this with a 20mm Smoked Salmon boilie, from All Seasons Bait Developments.
Going on to explain his thinking, 'I didn’t put much bait out because the current would have spread it too far, just a pva mesh bag with some broken boilies, nicked on the hook. With the few big chub on the Lea, you only get a bite or two if you’re lucky, so I want them coming straight to my hook-bait'.
As a fellow member of Osprey I know Simon loves to have a target to aim for, and with a true specimen hunters ethos, he'll put in the serious amounts of time and effort that are needed to achieve his goal. This has shown itself earlier in the season when Simon had some top carp catches from the 'ball-breaking' Landridge venue.
Simon had a previous PB chub of 7lb 15ozs, and it was well known within the group that he wanted the 'holy grail' of the 8, before he banked this fish of his dreams… but now he tells me he's got the opposite problem of having to catch a '9'!
But then again, you are fishing the Lea mate!