Equipped with my new 9ft mach 1 Shakespeare feeder rod I travelled to the Eden on Saturday 14th March one day before the close season hoping to beat my PB. I had some lob worms on me and decided to fish the other side of the bridge where I had not done a lot of fishing. I must have walked around two miles flicking in my bait into every shaggy swim that looked like it held chub but with no luck. I caught a good perch of around a pound but no chub; it was just a matter of finding them. On my way back to the bridge from my long walk I fished the swims again. On one swim a tree had fallen and completely blocked the river creating a great holding area for chub. Chucking my bait close to the snags my rod instantly bent around and after a good fight I landed a 3lb chub. (No one to take the picture though). Just before the capture of the chub I landed a pike upstream which somehow didn’t break my line. I estimated it at around 7lb and it put up a great fight on light tackle but was not the target species.
Since my capture of a stunning 4lb + chub I have been back to the river Eden to try and beat my new PB. I must have done around fifteen more sessions on the river until last week when the season came to an end. During these sessions I had been unable to update my blog due to family commitments and work but now had some time to write about my trips. Since I smashed my PB with a 4lb 10oz chub on bread I have caught three more 4lb Chub. (4lb 8oz bottom left, 4lb 1oz, 4lb 6oz) all fell to lob worm on a long shank korda hook held on the bottom with two swan split shot.