Saturday 17 March 2018

Chub: Local Fours

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!


  1. I'd love to know myself, it's been a dream of mine to find one on that river tipping the scales over what is a seemingly impossible mark, I have not seen a verified image of anything over 5.13 (I did catch that one), not that I don't believe anyone else but unfortunately the river we fish seems to have too many people who are incapable of weighing fish properly or simply refuse own a pair, so its always a guess and nothing definitive. Could you be the first?

    1. Heard of them, but most are ‘20 odd years ago’ and ‘must have been well over six’. So I think I’ll have to see one to believe it.

      My 5-1 looked like an old fish, wonder what that went in it’s prime? But I’ll keep searching...

    2. Well, I guess you'll have to find out, I know a good place to start!

    3. Three month break, then time to try again...