With the Christmas break upon us, I was hoping - along with everyone else! - to get out on the river for a few sessions after the Wensum chub. My first planned session was the Thursday before Christmas and on arriving at the river, it looked spot on for a bite or two, so I got my gear sorted out of the back of the van, and made my way to a spot which I thought they would be in. The river was still carrying a bit of extra water so I started off by using 3 ssg on the paternoster rig and a fifty pence sized piece of cheese paste. I tried a short cast in the middle of the river to start with, and would work further down the swim if I got no indication. I started to get a few rattles, but I didn’t think they were chub bites; more like roach, and low and behold, on striking one of the rattles, I hooked a roach. The next cast the same thing happened, so I reeled in, and put a smaller hook on and a small piece of lobworm which I had with me, as I thought I’d see what size roach were about. But to my surprise I had nothing at all so went back over to the cheese paste and had a bite straight away; after a quick fight a small 3lb + fish was landed. On the next cast I put the bait down to the back of the swim and sat back and waited. After a few minutes I had a twitch on the tip and the bait moved in the flow. When it had settled, the tip started to dance, and then pulled around. I struck into what felt like a powerful fish, as it held in the current, then swam upstream, which is always a good sign of a big fish. After what felt like ages, a rather big looking chub went into the net. As I stood up I lifted the net and realised there was a lot of weight there so had a better look at the fish, and it looked like a 6lb+ fish, so in excitement I rested the fish in the flow, readied the scales and sling, and got the camera ready for some self takes. I got the fish out of the water and immediately saw the big frame and the length of the chub so I was interested to see what this fish weighed. As I put the fish on the scales it shot around to over 6lb and was bouncing between 6.8 and 6.7 but then settled on 6.7. I was over the moon with this fish , especially with the start of my winter campaign being very slow. After a few quick shots on the SLR I returned my prize to the river and gave her a few minutes to recover properly, after which she swam away strongly. I was too excited after that, so after one more swim I went home to see how the pictures came out, and then spent the rest of the evening fine tuning them.