Coarse Fishing


Our brief, plain speaking guide to chub, fish-dustbin.

Chub can recognised by the dark net-like pattern around the scales, and have long and cylindrical streamlined bodies, big heads, a large mouth with almost rubberlike lips, black/silver to greenish back, silvery sides, white belly, and fins tinged yellowish red. Size and length varies depending on water, and though it may look small, it can be a strong fighter when hooked by an angler. Expect to see them around the 1-2kg mark – anything much over is less common.
Finding them
Chub can be found in rivers and lots of commercial and public stillwaters where stocked. For coarse fishing it’s mainly a river fish found where currents flow fast over gravel or stony beds, liking clean and unpolluted waters where oxygen and food are plentiful. The chub is predatory and shoals together, though larger examples can become lone wolves as they age into maturity. You’ll usually find them under overhanging trees and bushes, or on gravel beds getting a feed in a river current.
Food and bait
Chub are anything but choosy when it comes to their food, and are one of coarse fishing’s hungry piggies! Young chub like a bit of small invertebrate for supper, while adults will have almost anything in the river, or from above it – good news for any angling hopefuls. This includes but is not limited to small fish (alive or dead), insects, shrimp, pungent cheese, berries, worms, bread, maggots, sausage, or Spam… and much more. It’s like a cartoon picnic! Luring them in is best done with floating/moving baits, a nugget of tasty food on the hook, and with liberal sprinkling of dry food over the water surface. Oh, mind your fingers when extracting the hook before sending them back… they have sharp teeth at the back of their mouth!
Chub spawn May to June.
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