Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -


As its name sug­gests, the chubber float is ideal for this style of fish­ing, though the name is de­rived from the shape of the float, not the fish!

The shape of a chubber float means they are very buoyant and able to carry a good load­ing of shot.

This makes them easy to cast a good dis­tance across a big river but, more im­por­tantly, they are easy to con­trol when trot­ting be­cause they are less likely to be pulled off course by wind or line drag­ging on the wa­ter than a lighter style of float such as a stick float or Avon.

I like to fish it with the bulk of two or three SSG shot about 75cm from the hook, with a BB or an AAA drop­per shot mid­way be­tween the bulk shot and the hook.

Main­line is typ­i­cally about 0.13mm (4lb 12oz) Re­flo line, but in weedy or snaggy swims I will up this to 6lb break­ing strain.

A light­weight but sharp size 6 hook such as the Ka­masan B983 or Ko­rum Spe­cial­ist is ideal.


My favourite hook­bait for this ap­proach is bread­flake fished among a stream of mashed bread ground­bait.

Flake is ex­tremely vis­i­ble, and chub will home in on it from a long dis­tance.

A loaf of thick-sliced white bread is the only bait you need. I’m not fussy which bread I use and have caught just as many chub on the bud­get loaves as the more ex­pen­sive brands.

Trot­ting bread works well in swims known to hold chub, but in ar­eas you are less fa­mil­iar with you can lo­cate chub by trot­ting a sin­gle piece of flake through with no loose­feed.

Chub are a shoal fish, so once you find one it’s al­most cer­tain other chub will be present. You can then start feed­ing mashed bread to draw those fish into the area you are fish­ing.

As long as you haven’t dis­turbed the swim too much, there’s a great chance of catch­ing the next fish quickly too, and you might find this hap­pens on the very next run down.


When search­ing for chub I tend to use a large piece of flake. A piece of bread about the size of a 50p piece is folded over and about one third of the bread is squeezed around the shank and eye of the hook. I then twist the hook to en­sure the point is clear.

A big chub caught trot­ting bread­flake.

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