Cor! mate! that is one decent chub by anyones standard and a bit of a result too on that gear. The avenger is a cracker of a rod almost as good as my sadly departed triple X :wh but it must have made your day to land it on fine match gear, all that practice over the years, thats what did it for you Mark.
i think that sometimes it is definatly better to be lucky than good,i tried for years to catch a 30lb pike eventually i gained access to a water with a seldom caught but known 30 in it, i caught it on my first visit it was down in weight at 28 so in this instance i was both lucky and unlucky.