TARGET 4 CHUB
IF ANY fish can get you out of jail it’s the chub, and a whole host of tactics will catch them.
I prefer a clearing river, but a big smelly bait in a flood can also produce the goods.
I enjoy trotting a float and spraying maggots, but for this the water has to be on the low side. Trotting works best when a shoal is targeted. So unless I’m certain what’s in front of me I’m more likely to be roving with a quivertip.
It’s important to use a rod with interchangeable tips, and to choose the lightest one possible. Remember, too, that once you’ve got on 3oz or more to combat the flow there is far too much pressure on a glass tip and you’ll be wasting your time. Far better to switch to carbon and cast slightly upstream, putting a bow in the line.
Use just enough weight to hold bottom and look for drop-backs.
Both bread and cheese paste take some beating and can be used in a number of ways. I’m more likely to use bread with a feeder to give the added attraction of liquidised particles. With cheese I will use a link-leger and rely on the hookbait or introduce extra bits of paste by hand.
Either way, in my book, a day spent roving for chub takes some beating.
Chub are my banker fish in the cold months.
Use a sensitive carbon quivertip.