An in­line feeder and short link is the per­fect pair­ing

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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