Catching chub at different times of the year
The chub does not have outstanding taste, but this does not prevent it from being a coveted trophy for many anglers. Yes, it is not as tasty as the same crucian carp or pike, but it is much more cunning and more careful than them. That is why purposeful catching of a chub is always an interesting and unpredictable process. You need to have solid experience behind you, possess certain skills and be patient in order to successfully catch this beautiful sports fish.
The chub or maple, as the villagers often call it, is a semi-predatory species. It feeds mainly on small animals that live in the bottom soil, insects falling into the water, and upon reaching a certain age, its diet is supplemented with small fish and even frogs. But this does not mean that plant baits are not at all interesting to him. He perfectly takes bread and small berries.
For life, the chub chooses the cleanest parts of the river with a fast current and avoids river creeks and other “pockets” with stagnant and even more musty water. Its favorite places are steep banks with tree branches hanging from them. They provide him with protection from the sun and food in the form of falling bugs and caterpillars.
The chub easily and quickly adapts to weather changes. In the cold season, it is less mobile and too suspicious, but in winter it is more likely to catch a trophy specimen than in summer. The main feature of winter fishing is the inability to predict the behavior of this fish. In addition, winter chub fishing is often quite dangerous. The fact is that the chub’s stops are almost always on the rapids, where the ice only seems strong. If you don’t check it with a paw, you can easily fail.
From the ice, the chub is caught with winter float rods equipped with a metal guard. In general, the tackle should be delicate, but at the same time strong enough. It is advisable to drill holes further away from one another, so as not to frighten future production with active “drilling operations”. For the same reasons, you should not choose suga from them. After drilling, you will have to wait twenty minutes, or even half an hour, until the frightened fish returns to its original place. Worms serve as bait for catching chub in winter, sometimes it takes good on bloodworms. You can also feed them with them (cut worm, forage bloodworm).
In the spring
Spring hunting for this fish has a number of features. First of all, this is the nature of the angling. An important role is also played by the choice of lures and the place of fishing. Summer tackles begin to catch chub from the end of April, when the water warms up to 13-15 degrees. At this temperature, it fattens in areas with moderate currents and relatively shallow depths (no more than 3 meters).
Before spawning, the handsome red-fin is active throughout the day, but morning and evening fishing brings the best results. In the spring, he bites quickly, abruptly grabs everything that he considers food, and immediately swallows. Before the appearance of May beetles, it is better to catch it with various larvae, leeches, worms and fry. Catching a chub on a May beetle is the most productive spring.
Since during the pre-spawning period, chubs constantly move throughout the entire territory of the reservoir, it is rather difficult to detect their accumulation. This is the primary task that the fisherman must complete, and everything else will depend on his skill.
The best spring tackle for chub fishing is considered to be a float rod, and an effective technique is fishing with a line. Promising places are narrow channels, bends and areas near dams on the weir side, where there is always a lot of food.
As in all spring months, in summer the object of the catch is in almost continuous motion, therefore it is very difficult to calculate it. In the dark, it approaches the coastline and looks for food in the thickets of vegetation, in the daytime you can find it under the canopy of trees and near steep banks.
When a mass flight of various beetles, moths and dragonflies begins, the chub ignores any other bait for a while. On such days, anglers switch to insects and their artificial imitations. Since mid-June, the fish bite perfectly on grasshoppers, which real masters serve them with fly fishing tackle. Fly fishing often brings large catches.
In summer, chubs should be sought where there is good water circulation and shelter. As a rule, these are rifts, whirlpools, twisted and rocky places, areas with a relief bottom. Also promising should be considered places where a counter current forms behind the islands and other obstacles. Catching a chub in the summer is very promising for spinning (you just need to choose the right wobbler) and even for a donk.
With the arrival of the first cold weather, the location, habits and diet of the chub change markedly. There are fewer insects every day, so he has no choice but to eat small fish, descending to the depths behind it. In addition, at the bottom you can always eat small crustaceans and other bottom living creatures.
Autumn is a golden time for spinning players, including those who hunt chub. Of course, sometimes he is capricious, especially when the weather changes. Sometimes anglers have to experiment a lot to find a key for it. He doesn’t use the microscope, you can try a small turntable. Doesn’t the petals appeal to him either? Then you should offer him a crank. He will definitely not give up on this nimble artificial fish. Sooner or later, the efforts will be compensated by the capture of a lively handsome man.
In the autumn period, fishing with live bait is no less relevant – bleak, gudgeon or small roach. If you catch a wire on them, letting them half-water downstream, the chub will surely bite.
Some nuances of fishing for a chub
Catching a chub is different in that it is very difficult to guess its location for sure. Without a minimum of knowledge about the preferences of this fish, you can travel around the shore of the reservoir all day and not see a single bite. In addition, the fisherman will need the ability to disguise well and behave quietly.
It is important to know that weather changes cause the chub to shift to other horizons. This circumstance must always be taken into account when fishing with any float rod. Speaking of floats. For reservoirs with a weak flow, an elongated float is more suitable, for a strong flow, it is recommended to use a drop-shaped one, and for fishing from the surface – a special transparent ball.
If the subject ignores the standard baits, you can offer him something unusual. For example, a roll of bread, processed cheese, a piece of bacon, on the liver, a flap of a fish fillet, a pitted cherry or mulberry. Sometimes this gourmet is truly surprising.
Tackle for catching chub must be selected thoroughly. On large rivers, where fish are often out of reach for a fishing rod, spinning will help out. It must be strong, as the chub always offers desperate resistance. An ultra-fast action rod with a soft, sensitive tip is a good choice. Such a tackle allows you to guide the bait the way the angler needs, besides, it smooths out powerful jerks when playing.
To pull out a chub, it must be thoroughly tired. There is no need to be afraid of the descent, because he almost always deeply swallows the bait. This exciting process can take several minutes and be extremely enjoyable.