Why chub are my number one target species
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