Targeting the often overlooked bigger chub on the local river I set myself the challenge of landing ten over 4lb last season. Not an easy target as the once prolific shoals have dwindled in numbers and the bigger chub are hard to track and very easily spooked.
I gradually chipped away at the target throughout the season, my best option was to locate them in clear water and wait for rain to add some colour - not an easy task when the shoals are so nomadic and travel long distances in a day, or even a few hours.
But I’m glad I stuck with it landing 12 chub over 4lb, including three over five pounds to 5lb 2oz with no recaptures - it’s hard to fool them twice! Seeming to possess the power of invisibility I wonder if there is a six in there somewhere? I really hope so!