Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

As the water tem­per­a­tures rise and the colour drops out of rivers, it’s much eas­ier to catch big bags of chub with float gear. The best swims are be­tween 4ft and 6ft deep with a fair amount of pace and ide­ally run­ning down to a fea­ture of some sort. This could be over­hang­ing trees, a tree stuck in the river or maybe a ford where the river shal­lows up. All these fea­tures are havens for chub so find a swim with them in and chances are you will be on for a red-let­ter day! Main­lines should be fairly ro­bust and I use 4lb (0.16mm) or 5lb (0.18mm) in con­junc­tion with hook­lengths of 0.12mm (4.2lb) and 0.14mm (5.3lb). The best floats for these sorts of swims are my No.1 and No.2 Trun­cheon wag­gler de­signs. Shot these with most of the weight locking the float on to the line. With the No.1 Trun­cheon, fix a No.6 shot for ev­ery 2ft of depth. For the No.2, use a No.4 shot in the same way. A 6ft deep swim would there­fore re­quire only three shots down the line. Mag­gots are my num­ber one choice in these sit­u­a­tions and I’d take at least three to four pints for a day ses­sion.

You’ll need 3-4 pints of mag­gots for se­ri­ous go at chub Look for swims with fea­tures when tar­get­ing chub

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