GO SHORT AND SWEET FOR CHUB
An inline feeder and short link is the perfect pairing
IKE all coarse species, chub adore maggots, and in the bright sunshine and low, clear water conditions of summer when big hookbaits and large hooks are viewed with suspicion, it’s possible to work a shoal of big chub into a frenzy using a couple of pints of grubs and a maggot feeder.
Chub can be highly wary feeders, and it doesn’t take much to put them on edge. Furthermore, spook one fish, and the chances are that the entire shoal will depart the swim at a rate of knots!
The trick to making a great catch is to build the fish’s confidence and get them to drop their inhibitions before you introduce a baited hook. This can be done by feeding the swim with a catapult, little-and-often, for as long as your patience lasts. Once the fish begin competing for the maggots drifting down the flow, they are infinitely more easy to catch. Don’t go overboard though. A small pouch of maggots every few minutes is ample. Feed too many and the fish will end up chasing the surplus downstream, away from your swim.
The other trick is to use a short hooklink of no more than about five or six inches. Chub are past masters at ejecting hookbaits if they sense something is not quite right, and the longer the hooklink, the easier it is to eject. A short hooklink, fished with a relatively small, yet strong and sharp hook and an inline maggot feeder (which has unrivalled hooking potential), is the perfect trio for taming summer chub from the rivers.