Want to catch big chub in the south? Then check out our list of the top 5 rivers within your area to go and catch a specimen chub.
River Avon, Royalty Fishery, Hampshire
What can we say about this place that hasn’t already been said? Perhaps the most famous fishery in the country, and with good reason, here at the Angling Times we are inundated with catch stories of whopping royalty chub! They fall to a variety of methods, being pressured fish small baits such as maggots tend to lead the scoring, delivered by either trotting or feeder tactics.
Prices: £12.50 per day in advance from Davis Tackle
Contact: 01202 485169, Davis Tackle
River Thames, Oxford
Over the last few years old father Thames has thrown up some outstanding chub! It’s a big river and the fish will need some tracking down, many anglers decide to prebait for them, boilies are often the chosen bait for this. Ledgering is the main method used, with plenty of chub tending to fall to barbel tactics. A noted stretch is The Channel in the Botley Road area, which has produced fish to over 8lb in the past, and is still a regular haunt.
Prices: £8 on the bank, £5 from shops, Oxford DAA
Contact: 01869 242589
River Lea, Kings Weir Fishery, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
The lower reaches of this river is well known for its monster chub, having produced record matching fish to 9lb 5oz! The infestation of crayfish in the chevins diet, is almost certainly the reason for these exceptional growth rates. Noted stretches for these monster chub include the famous Kings Weir Fishery, where 9 pegs are accessible on a pre booking day ticket basis, and the 35 pegs downstream available to members only.
Prices: £12 per day, £80 per year.
Contact: 01992 468394, Kings Weir
River Loddon, Stanford End, Reading
This feature filled river is well suited to a classic roving approach, targeting likely looking overhangs and deeper holes where the chub reside, which run well into 7lb. The mile long stretch at Stanford End, which is run by Farnham Angling Society, is regarded as one of the best stretches of small river in the country. They also own two other stretches that shouldn’t be ignored, having produced fish to 7lb 4oz in the past.
Prices: Full season ticket – Adult £100, Senior £50, Farnham AS
Contact: 01252 320871
River Kennet, Burghfield, Berkshire
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the famous Kennet, which like many southern rivers has produced enormous chub! Reading & District Angling Association own the rights to the Kennet at Burghfield, which is accessible to all on a day ticket. The fish run well into 6lb here, however further upstream at Calcot 7lb-plus fish are a real possibility.
Prices: £10 per day, £70 per season, Reading DAA