Bob James guided Pershore, Worcestershire-based Gary when he travelled south.
Hampshire’s River Itchen was the location for his meet up with the famous face, best known for starring alongside Chris Yates in TV’s A Passion For Angling.
Gary included PB 2 lb 14 oz grayling plus 6 lb chub in the mixed bag using trotted maggot.
The 36-year-old fabricator welder explained: “After fishing a few swims without a bite, Bob suggested a swim which might produce a bite or two and he was right.
“As soon as I struck into the bite I knew it was a good grayling but to be a fish of a lifetime like that I was amazed and shocked.
“The chub was 6 lb (pictured below) – and what a lump it was… I do love fishing!
“I also had three other chub over 5 lb, perch to 2 lb, dace to 10 oz, roach to 1 lb 8 oz and plenty of trout.
“It was a great day’s fishing with Bob and I learned loads.
“Bob’s full of great knowledge and knows the swims very well.
“If the bites dry up he will always suggest something and it will always work. He’s also a very nice person,” he added.
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