Trotting for chub (Entry 69)

Just a short update this week as I only had a two hour session one evening before dusk. I decided, for a little change on this stretch of river, to try trotting maggots. Hopefully a big chub would find this presentation irresistible. In the last few days the colour has really dropped out of the river so I figured that the chub would be more responsive to a smaller bait approach. And what better way to present them than under a float. I have really been enjoying running a float down the river lately. I didn’t neglect to take a light swim feeder set up with me though. You shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket you know.

IMG_3543I had a swim in mind and I made a beeline for it on arrival at just after two o’clock. With the faster water on my own bank I fed a few maggots mid river whilst I set up the rig. With chub to 6lb present I didn’t want to fish too light. I had the ‘no point fishing silly strength line only to lose the fish should you get a bite,’ debate in my head. In the end I plumped for a 3lb fluorocarbon hooklength to 4lb mainline and a size 18 hook. I was pretty confident this would allow me to put on adequate pressure to steer an angry chub from any obstacles should I hook one. All this time, I’d been feeding three or four maggots every thirty seconds. I set the float to a depth of four feet and ran the float through. The float leant back occasionally, telling me the maggots were just tripping the bottom. I shallowed up and proceeded to run the float through and feed a few maggots before each cast. After fifteen minutes I had not had any signs. I added six inches to the depth, the maggots would now be very much on the bottom should I let the float run through. The rig went through cleanly enough and on the second run through the float sank from sight. Unsure wether this was debris or a fish I struck and was pleased to feel fish-like resistance at the other end. It felt like a good fish too. But in a fairly strong flow its hard to tell. I took my time, kept the rod low and slowly inched the fish up the swim. When it was in front of me I caught the first glimpse of what turned out to be a chunky chevin. It behaved very well, and didn’t try the classic chub tactic of diving for near bank cover as I drew it over the net. I was very happy to see the scales pull round to 4lb 8oz. A good chub on light float gear.

Look at the belly on this fish! I remained in the swim for another fifteen minutes after that fish but had no more interest. I fed the swim with a fair few maggots before I left in search of another swim. I planned to come back at dusk and have five minutes. But for now I walked downstream to a lovely fast bend with a big near bank eddy that I know holds chub most of the time. Today however, the chub didn’t seem to be obliging. Maybe they wanted a static bait and I did debate trying the swim feeder. In the end I was having too much fun on the stickfloat. I did have a number of small fingerling grayling from this swim. I have never seen or heard of anyone catching them from this stretch before so it was a huge surprise to see them. I wonder if there are any bigger ones present?

Where have these com from?With about ten minutes of light left, I headed back to my first swim and fished until I could no longer see the float. When it was too dark to make out, I had a further twenty minutes on the swim feeder. The light had now gone and with somewhere to be that night, I had to leave. Very content however with that lovely chub caught at the start of the session on the humble maggot. I am at the Northern Angling Show this weekend so I am unsure whether I’ll be fishing. If not, there will be no update next week. I’ll keep you posted via the Facebook page.

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Until Next time tight lines

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