New River Season Q&A Chub – Justin Beale


Chub on paper should be one of the easiest fish to catch on our rivers – the stereotypical greedy fish that eats anything in its path. The reality is that banking a real specimen can be very difficult due to the spooky and sometimes tentative feeding habits of these wonderful fish. Justin Beale lifts the lid on the methods and baits you need to be using NOW!

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Bait-Tech: What makes the perfect chub swim early in the season? Do you target deeper glides or the shallower fast water – what river conditions force this decision?


Justin Beale:
Similar to how I target Barbel in the summer I tend to look for faster paced shallower/oxygenated water. Also areas that have cover if you can find an area with far bank or near bank cover such as overhanging trees in faster oxygenated water – the Chub will not be far!


Bait-Tech:
For catching big Chub what approach would you recommend? We hear lots of conflict in opinion between a static ledgering attack and running line float tactics. What dictates the choices you make?


Justin Beale:
Either tactic works well on the day. I enjoy scaling right down when fishing solely for Chub with 6lb main line and 3-4LB hook lengths. Straight lead / link leger on a paternoster rig is my favourite method – you really can’t beat a good Chub caught on light gear on a roving approach!


Bait-Tech:
What baits do you favour when targeting chub? We see lots of big fish caught using Pellets and Boilies is this purely a big fish approach or are you better off using natural baits for larger catches of smaller Chub?


Justin Beale:
Depends on the time of year and river conditions for Chub. I catch hundreds every season on Bait-Tech Halibut Marine Pellet and Bait-Tech Poloni Boilie hook baits, which is great. When I target Chub specifically when the river is low and clear I go with bread or maggot. Maggot glugged with our Bait-Tech Spicy Sizzling Sausage liquid is awesome! If the river is heavily coloured meat such as N-Tice Poloni is a great bait as well as the good old classic cheese paste!


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