The Coach Darren Massey’s guide to trick­ing chub from your lo­cal canal

THIS WEEK: How to catch a chub from your lo­cal canal

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BRI­TAIN’S net­work of canals is home to a va­ri­ety of species – and one that can be found al­most ev­ery­where is chub.

These hard fight­ers are com­mon in most canals, but they can be dif­fi­cult to tempt if you go about it the wrong way.

Shake­speare team man Darren Massey knows more than most about canal fish­ing and this week he has ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion to be our res­i­dent coach. Fol­low his ad­vice and go catch your­self a canal chub this week…

BAL­ANCED TACKLE IS PARA­MOUNT

Bal­anced tackle is key. You don’t need to go too beefy though; main line of 0.14mm to a hook­length of 0.12mm will cope with fish to 4lb, fished along with strong wide­gape hooks.

HOL­LOW ELAS­TIC IS THE PER­FECT CHOICE

A for­giv­ing hol­low elas­tic is per­fect, rated No12-14. This won’t pull too hard when a chub is hooked, which will, in turn, al­low you to ease the fish away from the far bank, after which you can in­crease the pres­sure on the fish.

STRONG FLOAT’S A MUST

Float should be strong with a thick tip, and eas­ily vis­i­ble against the far-bank re­flec­tion. A dib­ber­type is per­fect, with a buoy­ant tip in 4x12-4x16 size.

HEMP, CAST­ERS AND CHOPPED WORMS ARE A WIN­NING MIX

Chub like most food, but for canals a com­bi­na­tion of hemp, cast­ers and chopped worms is hard to beat. Kick-start your swim by feed­ing a pole cup of feed.

GO REG­U­LAR WITH CAST­ERS

Reg­u­lar help­ings of loosefed cast­ers will help at­tract a chub or two. On the hook, try two cast­ers or a piece of worm.

Main line of 0.14mm, and 0.12mm hook­length teamed with wide-gape hooks.

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