Whilst back in Nottingham for a week I had to complete tasks for the tackle and bait company Pallatrax, to be in their select group of anglers, known as the ‘Posse’. Instead of writing that feature again I thought that I would, first share with you the feature that I did and then review the earlier fishing adventures. Along with a winter fishing for barbel article. So here it is…

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Chub and their tiger like fight and bucket like mouths you could fit an orange through are great fun on light tackle!


Chub are one of the greediest fish that live in our rivers and will feed even during the coldest temperatures.

From lures to maggots there is simply nothing a chub will not eat or devour in its path using their crushing (pharyngeal) teeth located in their throat to crush water snails and even fish!
With their hawk-eye vision and predatory instincts, if they grew 20 feet long, I would actually think twice about fishing for them.

Taking my life in my hands and stepping into the lion’s den so to speak, I come to my local River Trent to do battle with these amazing predators, using my favourite combination during winter, steak and mince…
The blood oozing from the meat is likely to get any predator excited, the chub being no exception to this rule.

So I was up bright and early on a frosty January morning to hopefully catch one or two and to show how good the combination of mince and steak can be.

Cold overnight temperatures of –3 have not really helped the situation, after a very mild spell of weather the temperature plummeted over night and this sudden drop was not a good sign.

Normally temperatures below freezing are not a problem for chub; this is after a spell of 3 – 4 days acclimatizing the bodies or systems to this change however. But as all fish, the chub do not take a sudden plunge in temperature well.

I was hopeful but not entirely convinced the chub would be caught today.

Location

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I decided on fishing a stretch of my local River Trent which offers deep and flowing water in certain sections of it and felt this was a good place to try.

I had much success last winter here for chub so it didn’t take much thinking about in terms of location.

After a short walk through the crispy and frozen field, I arrived at the river at around 10am.

I found the river looking clear and like a pane of glass, but offered some good flow at around 20 metres, during the summer months this stretch can be quite ponderous and subdued when running at ‘normal’ summer levels. Encouraged and unperturbed I decided on my swim…

I knew when fishing the peg during the summer that it held 12 – 15ft of water at around six metres, and beyond this I was facing around 18 ft of depth. I felt that because of the cold and over night frost the fish would be held up here as during cold temperatures, the chub will often be found in deeper, flowing stretches.