Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

YOU’LL no doubt pick up a few chub if you adopt my bar­bel float tac­tics, but there’s a bet­ter way to fish for them that works well at the start of the sea­son. This is rov­ing, fish­ing ev­ery likely-look­ing nook and cranny with a free­lined bait heavy enough to swing into po­si­tion.

Slugs are my ab­so­lute go-to bait for this style of fish­ing. Chub love them and rarely will a fish refuse one, es­pe­cially at the start of the sea­son. They are a tough, dense bait that casts well, but sinks quite slowly and en­tic­ingly, wait­ing to be gob­bled up!

Make the most of rainy days to get out into the gar­den and col­lect slugs. They can be dif­fi­cult to find in hot sunny weather, when con­di­tions for stalk­ing chub are at their best. As an al­ter­na­tive, try a juicy lob­worm, or a chunk of lun­cheon meat, but re­mem­ber, these are re­ally just poor al­ter­na­tives to the king of chub baits.

Chub just love slugs!

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