Spot­light on 15 top chub rivers

From the Thames to the Wye, from the Trent to the Wen­sum, big hun­gry mouths are wait­ing to grab your run­ning-wa­ter bait now!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE frosts are here and the nights are draw­ing in, but as the fish­ing gets harder there is one fish you can rely on for a bite or two – the chub.

The species is of­ten over­looked on rivers, tak­ing a back seat to more il­lus­tri­ous fish like bar­bel, but as the most re­li­able feeder un­der any con­di­tions a big chub will will­ingly grab a lump of bread or a bed of mag­gots after even the harsh­est frost.

As part of our chub spe­cial, Angling Times has pulled to­gether 15 of the UK’s top chub venues for you to try now...

RIVER ARROW, AL­CES­TER, WARKS

Both the club’s stretches at Wix­ford and Stud­ley Park of­fer some crack­ing chub fish­ing. The river moves fairly slowly and has deep holes where the chub like to lie. Look for fea­tures such as over­hang­ing bushes. Some far­bank swims are ac­ces­si­ble with a pole which will al­low pin­point ac­cu­racy and bait place­ment. Con­tact: Al­ces­ter Sports, 01789 762200 Prices: £4 a day from Al­ces­ter Sports, Stud­ley AC

RIVER AVON, RINGWOOD FISH­ERY, RINGWOOD, DORSET

This stretch of the Mid­dle Avon is prime chub ter­ri­tory. There is a weir at the top limit and some lovely deep glides amid gravel shal­lows. A huge head of large chub present re­sponds to both static baits and trot­ted of­fer­ings be­tween lush ra­nun­cu­lus beds. Con­tact: Ringwood Tackle, 01425 475155 Prices: £10 or £5 con­ces­sions a day from lo­cal tackle shops, Christchurch AC

RIVER ERE­WASH, STANTON GATE, DERBYS

This free stretch is barely fished but is alive with chub to over 5lb. The river here is small and wind­ing, with the odd deep hole, mak­ing it great for rov­ing with cheese paste or bread flake. Con­tact: Sta­ple­ford Angling, 0115 949 1812 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER IVEL, BIGGLESWADE, BEDS

The pegs off Mill Lane can pro­duced chub to over 5lb. Try fish­ing a link leger or the long pole close to over­hang­ing cover with worm and caster. Con­tact: 01767 316700 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER LEA, TOWPATH FISH­ERY, STANSTEAD ABBOTTS, HERTS

A fan­tas­tic 6lb 14oz chub was caught last week on boilies on the sec­tion be­tween Ware Lock and where the A10 crosses the Nav­i­ga­tion, but an­glers have been catch­ing plenty on the sec­tion known as The Conkers too. Con­tact: John­son Ross Tackle, 01992 462044 Prices: £4 on the bank, Hert­ford AC & Ware AC Joint

RIVER NENE, PETER­BOR­OUGH, CAMBS

The sec­tions at Al­wal­ton and Cas­tor are best known for their bar­bel fish­ing but they also con­tain some mam­moth chub, with dozens of fish to over 6lb be­ing caught but go­ing un­re­ported this sea­son alone. Ten miles up­stream, there is Bushy Cor­ner at Oun­dle, a chub hotspot. Con­tact: F Wade & Son, 01733 565159 Prices: £5 on the bank, Peter­bor­ough DAA or Oun­dle AS

RIVER ROTHER, BEIGHTON, S YORKS

An­glers who have vis­ited this stretch re­cently have found the chub feed­ing well, par­tic­u­larly on the sec­tion by Rother Val­ley Park. You can sit in one spot or rove here, feed­ing con­stantly un­til the fish come on the feed.

The Nene at Bushy Cor­ner is a chub hotspot.

A big chub from the Thames at Med­ley, Oxon.

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