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'The old favourite'
The Chub, found mainly in England, has a large mouth to accommodate its voracious appetite, and pound for pound
its one of the best fighting fish you will hook.|
Scientific Name: Leuciscus cephalus
Maximum Weight: 8-9lbs
Average Weight: 2-3lb
Maximum Length: 22-23inches
Life Span: 10-12 years
In many ways chub look like dace at first glance. Both have black tails and grey or green backs. Chub, however, usually have
brassy coloured flanks, orange anal fins and big mouths, and they grow much larger than dace. Their dorsal fins are convex while
those of the dace are slightly indented.
Where to find Chub:
Chub prefer and thrive in rivers, slow moving through to fast moving, small streams through to large rivers. But they can also be found in many still waters around the UK.
Small chub eat large invertebrates, worms and fry. Chub are omnivores; that is, they eat fish, insects and vegetable matter (such as silkweed, berries and bread) In
fact, if an elderberry tree is overhanging a river bank, for example, chub often gorge themselves with ripe berries. Fish of over 3lb
may eat small bullheads, minnows, roach and dace. They don't have teeth in their mouth; their mighty
pharyngeal teeth, located a the base of the throat, can crunch just about
any food item. This includes crayfish.
Where and when chub feed depends entirely on the amount and type of food available at the time and will quickly become preoccupied with certain food. For instance,
if there is a heavy hatch of fly then the chub will gorge on themselves on insects and completely ignore any other offering. It is this trait that will often bring
about their downfall. For the angler can, using groundbait, woo them into accepting a baited hook.
Chub believe in a varied diet. They are known to accept worms, maggots, bread, cheese, slugs, sweetcorn, sausage,
luncheon meat, elderberries, live fish, dead fish, wheat and crayfish - pretty much anything.
Smaller chub tend to go for maggots, so get amongst the bigger stuff its best to try something abit larger and different.
Authors preferred baits:
Our favourite baits for larger chub would have to be cheese paste, bread flake, extremely smelly cheese, or luncheon meat.
How to catch Chub - Techniques at a glance:
Float, Ledger, freelining, spinning, trotting, fly.