Why chub are my num­ber one tar­get species

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

TALK sur­round­ing the na­tion’s favourite species reg­u­larly crops up on in­ter­net fo­rums and most peo­ple say that carp, tench or bar­bel are their num­ber one.

While I, too, en­joy catch­ing these species, I can’t es­cape the lure of big chub.

For me, they are top of the pile for a num­ber of rea­sons. The first is that they are of­ten ne­glected and left alone to grow big.

A lot of an­glers on my lo­cal rivers go in search of bar­bel ex­clu­sively and all the bait that is aimed at them is of­ten mopped up by the chub.

Use a more sub­tle rig, though, and the chances of the tip ham­mer­ing round are pretty high.

Chub are also re­li­able feed­ers in lit­er­ally any weather. I have caught them in the heat of sum­mer on float­ing bread crust and also af­ter heavy frosts, when cheese paste of­ten does the dam­age.

Last but cer­tainly not least is how lit­tle gear is needed to bank a big fish.

A rod, reel, land­ing net, bait and a few hand­fuls of ter­mi­nal tackle are all that you need to get on the bank for a roving ses­sion.

It’s not the time to give up fish­ing for the year – it’s time to go af­ter chub to keep that pas­sion for the sport burn­ing all through the win­ter.

Wayne Dea­con, Derby

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