The Chub was 6lb1oz,came from the natural river.I gave up on the backwater after the first few initial trips too many Carp!
I was ater Barbel but the Carp would totally trash my carefully prepared swim.The natural river at Colthrop by comparison seems to get little attention,an added bonus is being so shallow you can see the fish a rare treat on the Kennet now.
I might have to revise my opinion of Speen now in the light of your comments.I certainly did not encounter any Chub on my visits.Perch yes and a few Brownies also some run of the mill Roach.Agree with you re the lack of anglers,dont think i have ever seen more than 3 anglers there at any one time bliss!
Nice one - I too like the river at Colthrop - how the Kennet should be. It threw up a surprising number of grayling 3 seasons ago but they disappeared as quickly as they arrived. My best chub for that bit is 5.13 - had a few barbel on the float from it too.