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!

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