What waggler rig should I use for a river chub?
Cover your entire swim
FOR much of my river chub fishing I use the feeder, but I’d like to catch a few on the float. What type of waggler should I use, and what should the rig look like?
Dave Stilgoe, Warwick
RIVER chub are famed for loving the cover of far-bank trees and bushes, and that can put the pole out of the equation when it comes to catching them. The feeder will work but offers only a static bait, so on days when the fish are showing a preference for a moving meal, that leaves the only waggler to turn to.
Cast just off those far-bank features. Used alongside loosefed maggots, casters and hemp, the float can coax chub out from the trees. The waggler can also be trotted down the peg to pick off fish that have spooked.
If your peg offers little cover, you may be better off finding a run in the swim that offers even depth and steady flow, an area that will always attract chub waiting to pick off natural food. Shallow water can be good for this.
If the swim is less than 4ft deep, a short, very buoyant float will be needed, known as a Specimen Waggler. This looks more like a pellet float for carp fishing on commercials.
This float will not be dragged under easily and can ride uneven currents with ease. For a standard deeper swim, look at a straight peacock waggler of between 3AAA and 4SSG, depending on the distance you need to cast.