Big chub hit the banks – dis­cover the tac­tics be­hind au­tumn’s big­gest fish

Eight-pounder tops week’s catches

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE cap­ture of count­less huge chub from rivers across the UK has proved that now’s the time to beat your per­sonal best.

Al­fie Nay­lor had ev­ery rea­son to cel­e­brate when he banked the fish of a life­time in the shape of an 8lb chub from the River Trent.

The spe­cial­ist from Ne­wark has en­joyed an in­cred­i­ble sea­son so far on the wa­ter­way, and his run of form con­tin­ued when he turned his at­ten­tions away from bar­bel and on to chub.

He opted for a ground­bait feeder packed with hemp, pel­lets and the base mix that formed his 110% Baits Red Ball Plum boilie hook­bait, which was at­tached to the back of a size 8 hook with a short hair.

“I hon­estly thought it was a com­mon carp. This is by far the big­gest chub I’ve ever seen,” Al­fie told Angling Times.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that this stretch of the Trent holds a Bri­tish record fish.

“It was the best chub venue on the whole river in the 1980s and it’s back to its best. I’ve barely scratched the sur­face of its po­ten­tial.”

Else­where, a lump of lun­cheon meat fished over hempseed proved the right com­bi­na­tion for Gary Hick­ling, who banked a new club record 7lb 10oz chub from the Great Ouse.

It sets a new best for Vaux­hall Angling Club and was landed from the River Great Ouse by Gary when he fished up­stream of Rad­well at the stretch of river ad­join­ing the Sharn­brook com­plex.

A sim­ple leger rig and a bait cast be­neath an over­hang­ing tree tempted the fish that beats the pre­vi­ous club record by 2oz.

Mov­ing fur­ther south, an­other an­gler to smash his per­sonal best for the species was spe­cial­ist Stu­art Dav­i­son.

He fished a short ses­sion on a Christchurch Angling Club­con­trolled stretch of the Dorset Stour to bank an im­pres­sive spec­i­men that took a leg­ered boilie hook­bait and topped the scales at 7lb 3oz.

“I caught this fish on a re­ally short ses­sion at dusk. It just goes to show that you don’t need to spend hours on the bank,” said Stu­art.

The River Nene in Cam­bridgeshire has been in in­cred­i­ble form this sea­son, and Peter­bor­ough & District Angling As­so­ci­a­tion bailiff Mark Smith banked his big­gest-ever chub while fish­ing a day-ticket stretch.

It weighed 6lb 3oz and was caught on a Sticky Baits Krill boilie.

Tie the boom for your hook­link us­ing a four-turn wa­ter knot. Tie an over­hand loop in the end and at­tach the hook­link loop-to-loop.


Plug an open end feeder at each end with ground­bait and sand­wich the loose­feed in be­tween.


What­ever you’re fish­ing on the hook, put a few sam­ples of the same in the feeder, be­tween the plugs of ground­bait.

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