Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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