ROACH might be known as ‘the angler’s friend’ but for many anglers it’s the chub which are the nailed on species when the temperature begins to fall and the rivers go clear in Autumn.
But how do you catch them? Yes, they are voracious feeders and can swallow down big boilies, pellets and huge chunks of paste, but I also know a few very successful specimen hunters who swear by using smaller baits on tiny hooks.
Right now there are some really cracking chub on to the feed and so we’ve put together a brilliant guide to help you catch your biggest in the next few weeks.
Check out the exclusive features from our experts – Martin Bowler, Dr Paul Garner, and guest angler Martin Barnatt who’s a master of catching them on freelined baits - there can’t be a more fun way of doing it than that!
Talking of chub, I can remember sitting behind England legend Steve Gardener as he hooked a potentially section winning chub on the pole during the World Champs. The only problem was the match hadn’t started and the fish had taken a liking to his plummet! Steve’s fished some amazing places during his career, and now he’s captured his greatest stories in a new book which is launching soon. We’ve got some of the first copies up for grabs in an exclusive reader offer pages 8&9!