In particular, one recent trip to the Dorset stour stands out, as it’s by far my most memorable days fishing I’m ever likely to have! I arrived at the river to find it slightly up with a fair amount of colour, so not ideal for trotting conditions! I decided I had to adapt my feeding approach slightly and I went down the route of feeding liquidised bread as the main base of my feed, which allowed me to add plenty of pungent liquids into my swim. I fed the slower part of my swim at around two thirds of the way across the river generously with balls of smelly bread, hemp and maggot. With the aid of waders I fed regularly throughout the day and it certainly kept the bites coming!
What happened next is something I never ever expected in my wildest dreams, a real once in a lifetime day! I landed thirteen chub out of fourteen hooked, which included nine chub over 6lb and unbelievably, before 1pm I had netted no fewer than five 7lbers! The biggest was a genuine fish of a lifetime weighing 7lb12oz. In total I managed over 81lb of chub for an average weight of 6lb 3oz! All fish fell to my usual rig of a 6g loafer float, a nice long hook link of 0.16 and a barbless size 20 hook which had a single red maggot nicked onto it. All the fish that day made a brutal attempt to reach some nearby snags and despite the dead weed stems and thick bull rushes all fish were steered safely away and coaxed into the waiting net. The one loss that day being a hook pull immediately after striking.