NEW SE­RIES We go ‘In the Swim’ to re­veal where to find chub on your river

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“Cast to the edge of the cover for an in­stant bite from a chub, and you can adopt ei­ther a leger or float ap­proach”

AU­TUMN is one of the best times to go in search of river chub, which will feed in even the harsh­est of con­di­tions.

They can be found in many types of swim, and will eat al­most any­thing put in front of them. How­ever, be­fore you can think about baits and tac­tics for chub, you’ll need to track them down, and some­times the most un­likely look­ing spot can hold fish.

We’ve ear­marked five top ar­eas to find chub, and how you should go about fish­ing them…


Im­me­di­ately be­hind bridge sup­ports you’ll find slower wa­ter out of the main flow where chub will gather to wait for food to be washed past. The wa­ter may be shal­lower, and by stand­ing on the bridge and look­ing down you’ll be able to tell if any fish are at home.

To catch chub from such spots, pre­sent­ing a static bait on the feeder or leger is the best tac­tic. You can pre-bait by drop­ping feed in off the bridge, and then cast­ing out a mag­got feeder or lead with a big bait like bread or lob­worm.


This fea­ture screams chub, which love to shoal up un­der the branches of trees and am­bush food items that drift past. If it’s op­po­site you, cast to the edge of the cover for an in­stant bite, and you can adopt ei­ther a leger or float ap­proach, de­pend­ing on the pace of the river.

A wag­gler trot­ted along the edge of the cover will to cover more of the swim and of­ten pick off fish that have drifted down­stream fol­low­ing your loose­feed.


Cre­ated where the cur­rent swirls back on it­self, of­ten near a bend in the river, these pools of swirling wa­ter don’t look that invit­ing with their un­even flow, but un­der the sur­face they can pro­vide a larder of nat­u­ral food for chub. As an added bonus, eddies are nor­mally found on the near bank, so a sim­ple cast off the rod tip will suf­fice.

The un­even flow present can re­quire the use of a fair bit of lead to hold bot­tom when us­ing bread, worms or cheesep­a­ste on the hook, or you can use less weight and let the bait roll around the swim, thereby making it act more nat­u­rally.


Off the main rivers you’ll find these small arms that, while of­ten nar­rower and shal­lower, nev­er­the­less can house big chub. Treat them as a mini ver­sion of the main river and look for the usual fea­tures in­clud­ing over­hang­ing trees and slacks. How­ever, be aware that the shal­lower wa­ter will make the fish par­tic­u­larly wary. Rov­ing may be your best bet in this in­stance, only hav­ing one or two casts into each area with a light leger weight and a big hook­bait.


Reedbeds and ar­eas where the river­bank juts out into the main flow will cre­ate slack pools of wa­ter close-in. This slow, al­most still wa­ter may not look too invit­ing to the an­gler, but in times of high wa­ter, they be­come pop­u­lar with many coarse species, chub in­cluded. As with an eddy, food will be swept into the slacks, mean­ing that the fish don’t have to work too hard for a meal.

It’s a ‘one rod job’ to fish this type of spot, gear­ing up with a run­ning leger and a big hook­bait like lob­worms or cheesep­a­ste. Creep up on the swim stealth­ily, as even in murky wa­ter con­di­tions they’ll sense any dis­tur­bance.

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