DAI’S CHUBBER BREAD RIG
HEAVY FLOATS ARE VITAL
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.
GET ON THE FLAKE
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.