An Eight Pound Chub

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Len Arbery » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:48 pm

Hello Mike,

For comparison with your magnificent 8lb'er, my own best-ever chub, weighing 7lb 8oz, (coming from the Thames a few weeks ago), measured 22.75 inches long X 16.75 inches girth.

Despite now coming-up 77 (can you believe that!) have chub-fished quite a lot myself since mid-January; catching three 'sixes' plus the 7-8 on shortish sessions. (Longer sessions being out of the question nowadays.) My usual tactics, however, differing extensively from yours: Good old touch-legering, with a Drennan Bomb Rod, 6lb Specimen Plus mono, 2 swan-shot link, size 6 Raptor, and with cheesepaste as bait.

Perhaps we can get together for a chub fishing trip or two next winter? I'll promise to survive until then........if you will!!!

Besties,

Len.

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Stuart Whiting » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:59 am

Mike Wilson wrote:Stuart

Yep all seems OK since my 6 minutes of "death" [cardiac arrest] possibly caused by hyperthermia fishing a drafty section of unfished mid Thames .
St Peter decided as there wasn't any good chub fishing he sent me back.

Mike
Oh my days :shocked: well I'm glad your back on the mend Mike,

there's more chub to be caught this coming season and St. Peter has plenty supply of his tiny drennan hooks :Chuckle:

Sounds like you were fishing on one of the privatised AITS being mid Thames,
yes I know only to well how parts of the Thames can be like a wind tunnel as I used to regularly fish the tidal Thames at Barnes around low water and wading right out to nearly what appeared to be mid river :dance2:
trotting for the quality roach and dace that once used to thrive in the river along those parts but sadly those days are long gone, there's still a few roach about but the vast dace shouls are very thin on the ground now :Brickwall:

I used to be in the chub study group for a while and have specialised in fishing the Lea valley for 28 years for its huge chub, have you ever fished the Lea :Hat:

See you at the show on Saturday Mike........and talk more about huge chub :Wink:

Best fishes

Stuart

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Stuart Whiting » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:17 am

Len Arbery wrote:Hello Mike,

For comparison with your magnificent 8lb'er, my own best-ever chub, weighing 7lb 8oz, (coming from the Thames a few weeks ago), measured 22.75 inches long X 16.75 inches girth.

Despite now coming-up 77 (can you believe that!) have chub-fished quite a lot myself since mid-January; catching three 'sixes' plus the 7-8 on shortish sessions. (Longer sessions being out of the question nowadays.) My usual tactics, however, differing extensively from yours: Good old touch-legering, with a Drennan Bomb Rod, 6lb Specimen Plus mono, 2 swan-shot link, size 6 Raptor, and with cheesepaste as bait.

Perhaps we can get together for a chub fishing trip or two next winter? I'll promise to survive until then........if you will!!!

Besties,

Len.
Sounds good Len :Thumb:

Hope your keeping well aswell,

reminds me I must contact Bob buteux, last time I went upto Clacton to see him I think he'd just recently done the limited edition of recordings / interview at his house with your good self for the company ( River reads ) Tiverton, Devon :Hat:

......blimey is it as long as that , don't time just fly by when your having fun fishing :dancing:

All the best

Stuart

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Len Arbery » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:21 am

Hello Stuart,

Yes, thank you, am keeping pretty well - well, well enough to do those therapeutic Thameside winter walks!

The Thames at Barnes? That was my stamping ground as a boy. In those days, though, nothing much in the way of aquatic life could survive the gross pollution in that area of the Thames.

My life-long friend, Bob Buteux, is, more's the pity, becoming increasingly frail recently: Walking with the aid of a stick prevents him doing much fishing, although he did manage to join a few of his friends for a social-type day towards the end of the season on his beloved river Lea. I saw him myself a few weeks ago, at the Lands End pub, at Twyford, for the launch of the leather-bound version of the late Chris Haswell's and Mike Starkey's book, 'Carp County'.

Time does, indeed, fly by so very, very rapidly, as I recognise only too well!

Besties,

Len.

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:34 am

Sounds good Len. No doubt we will meet up sometime before at Lands End to have a long chat.
Take care

Mike

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Len Arbery » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:44 am

Hello Mike,

Yeah! Sounds good to me, too. (Do you realise just how much time has slipped-by since we fished together last?) I have a stretch of the Thames in mind where your chub tactics will probably suit, although it will be interesting whatever the outcome.

Yes, I'm sure we will meet-up soon, probably at the Lands End.

Besties,

Len.

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:09 pm

Len 1979 Savay ? Wow thats 37 years ago or was it a bit later at Longlife ?

Mike

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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Stuart Whiting » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:06 pm

Mike Wilson wrote:Len 1979 Savay ? Wow thats 37 years ago or was it a bit later at Longlife ?

Mike
Gosh memories flooding back, savay , now that was a carp lake and a half if there ever was one :Wink:

Was always reading with great interest anything regarding savay and then there's longlife an awsum tench water :Thumb:

Happy days aye :Hat:

Stuart
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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Stuart Whiting » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:23 pm

Len Arbery wrote:Hello Stuart,

Yes, thank you, am keeping pretty well - well, well enough to do those therapeutic Thameside winter walks!

The Thames at Barnes? That was my stamping ground as a boy. In those days, though, nothing much in the way of aquatic life could survive the gross pollution in that area of the Thames.

My life-long friend, Bob Buteux, is, more's the pity, becoming increasingly frail recently: Walking with the aid of a stick prevents him doing much fishing, although he did manage to join a few of his friends for a social-type day towards the end of the season on his beloved river Lea. I saw him myself a few weeks ago, at the Lands End pub, at Twyford, for the launch of the leather-bound version of the late Chris Haswell's and Mike Starkey's book, 'Carp County'.

Time does, indeed, fly by so very, very rapidly, as I recognise only too well!

Besties,

Len.
Hi Len,

I'm sorry to here about Bob being so frail , hope he's not in any discomfort,

I used to fish the tidal a lot Len a few years back when it was in its hey day so to speak , fished Barnes by the rail bridge and near small profit dock, leg of mutton near the out let stream, mortlake, strand on the green, Richmond, isleworth, twickenham and teddington but nowadays if anything I'd say you've probably got more chance of catching the bream and carp that have taken up residence down there than getting roach n dace.

It was up on the river Lea where I first met Bob where we were both fishing at kings weir, he'd hooked a very large chub but the fish had snagged him, I came over to help him and I used his land net to carefully flush the chub out into open water where I I was able to land the fish for him, I if my memory serves me Wright it went at about 7lb 4oz and I believe was his first seven pound chub from the Lea :Hat:

I've got the lands end pub on me home page and been waiting for a book launch to come up but didn't see any thing advertised as I would of come up for a chat aswell, I'll have to check the advents more often.

If yer going to the show on Saturday I may see you there, ill be floating around Mikes and Rob maylins bounty hunter and big carp publications stand throughout the day, gonna be a busy day that's for sure :Thumb:

All the best

Stuart
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Re: An Eight Pound Chub

Post by Len Arbery » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:43 am

Hello Mike,

Can't recall actually fishing with you at Long Life, (although I'm almost certain you initially alerted me to its potential), but remember those exciting Savay days very well, so, almost 40 years, eh? Time certainly does fly!

Hello Stuart,

No, will not be at this weekend's show.

Am thinking you might like to see this picture of Bob Buteux, along with Pete Cranstoun & myself, taken at the Lands End at the end of January.

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Besties,

Len.

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