How to sack up on river chub

Hadrian Whittle shows you the way

How to sack up on river chub

by Angling Times |

Chub are greedy fish when present in numbers, but it’s certainly not a case of heaving the maggots in and bagging up.

Here's how I fish for them...

An explosion of small chub has resulted in huge match weights and bite-a-chuck pleasure fishing throughout the Belmont section in Hereford city centre
An explosion of small chub has resulted in huge match weights and bite-a-chuck pleasure fishing throughout the Belmont section in Hereford city centre

Add some bread

I’ll feed groundbait, but add liquidised bread to the mix. This can help to pull in bigger chub early in the session.

Add some bread
Add some bread

A ball-a-chuck

Every run through I throw in a ball packed with hemp and casters, with molehill soil to add vital extra weight.

A ball-a-chuck
A ball-a-chuck

Always loosefeed

Alongside the groundbait balls I’ll loosefeed aggressively with maggots. This creates two distinct catch zones.

Always loosefeed
Always loosefeed

Pick a big float

Floats are Bolos from 4g-10g or a 16x4 sticks. Bulk shot the Bolo with an olivette, and use strung No8s for the stick float.

Pick a big float
Pick a big float

Don’t fish too light!

For double maggot I will typically use 0.14mm or 0.16mm line to a size 14 Guru Pole Special or Hydra 110 hook.

Don’t fish too light!
Don’t fish too light!

Make a quick strike

To stay in contact for a quick strike, I backwind to pay out line steadily, holding the reel handle as I make the strike.

Make a quick strike
Make a quick strike
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