Friday 19 November 2010

Over The Drought?

Well with my pike season being slow to take off I thought I'd return to trying to catch my old favourite fish, the chub. I've seen several big chub while scouting out the Wandte, unfortunately by the time you see them they have already seen you.

I opted for a swim I have seen chub in a number of times, about a foot deep with a two and a half foot deep channel, I tackled up well away from the edge and slid into position like a stealth-ninja! I couldn't see them - they couldn't see me.

I fished stinky old luncheon meat on the ledger. About half an hour later I had a gentle rattling bite and connected to a good fish, unfortunately I stood up, spooking the swim, the chub was about 3 pounds but collected a raft of weed before spitting the hook. Disaster!

I thought about changing swim or coming back tomorrow but opted to stay and hope they would return. About two hours of feeding the swim later I had another rattling bite and hit another fish, this time I got it - it's been a while - 5lb 2oz - my best chub for well over 10 years... Yay!

Also, inspired by my brothers fantastic photo albums I decided to make my own (an online version). I had a look at Flickr and a number of other photo hosting sites but in the end I made one from scratch - so it matched my blog. It's here.


  1. Yeeeee Haaaaa well in Brian, What a great catch, Made up for you, You may have to change the title of the blog to Ninja Fishing hahaha,
    By the way, If you want to put your pictures into Picasa.web you can then have scrolling pictures on your blog, If you need more info just give me shout,

  2. Cheers Paddy, it was a relief to catch something at last, and I didn't know there were 5lb+ chub in there so that was a bonus!

    The scrolling photos don't work on my Mac but thanks very much for the offer.


  3. Great fish Brian! Holy cow I bet that guy has been the terror of many a small dace and minnows. Have you thought about small live baits for those monsters. I seem to remember us catching a few on Bleak years ago.


  4. Funny you should say live bait, I was thinking roach chunks but I might give a minnow a go. I've spent quite a lot of time on the Wandle and seen loads of chub to about 3lb but now I'm really wondering what's in there... perhaps a six pounder?