Autumn is well and truly on the way, kick-starting what promises to be some great sport on our rivers. Already the big chub have come on the feed, with anglers across the country taking advantage of the changing conditions.
The Lea, the Wharfe and the Hampshire Avon are just some of the rivers that have produced impressive specimens recently, with three chub breaking the 7lb barrier.
Topping the haul was Richard Trim, who beat low, clear conditions on the Dorset Stour’s famous Throop fishery to take an impressive 7lb 10oz specimen.
The 32-year-old used traditional methods and bait to devastating effect, landing the biggest specimen taken from the venue so far this season on freelined slug.
The Chub Study Group member, from Bournemouth, Dorset, also banked chub of 6lb 3oz, 4lb 7oz, and 4lb 5oz on 8lb line straight through to a size 8 hook.
On the River Lea in Essex, Richard Borley also broke the magical 7lb mark, with a big chub of 7lb 7oz. Fishing a short, after-work session at Waltham Abbey, Richard took his chub from a snaggy swim using low-key maggot tactics. “If you feed too much on that stretch all you get are crayfish,” said Richard.
He added: “I fished a small PVA bag of maggots with three hair-rigged fakes and two real ones on the hook.
“The fish came just after dark. I didn’t realise how big it was until I got it on the unhooking mat. It will definitely go 8lb in the winter.” Another ‘seven’ fell to 18-year-old Nathan Kane. The Leeds angler was fishing a day-ticket stretch of the River Wharfe at Boston Spa when a 7lb 3oz chub, a new pb for the student, took his trotted double caster.
“I thought I’d hooked into a barbel to start with,” said Nathan. “It took 20 minutes to land on a size 14 hook and 6lb line. You don’t see many chub of this size on the Wharf,” he added.
Not one, but two chub over the 6lb mark were the prize for Bristol rod Steve Coles after he made the trip to the Dorset Stour. The retired angler was aiming to break his chub pb with a fish over 5lb at the Throop fishery with the help of professional guide Kenny Parsons ¬ and he got off to a great start.
“After trying a few spots, I got Steve in a swim that I knew held a couple of big chub,” said Kenny.
“We dropped some hemp in and, after letting the fish move on to it, Steve lowered in his hair-rigged 15mm boilie. He had the 6lb fish first and not long after the one of 6lb 6oz, breaking his pb twice in an hour.”