Chub fishing

A cheap and easy way to catch chub

Mark Dunwell explains why, in a world of boilies and pellets, good-old bread shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to catching chub

Words and pictures: Mark Dunwell

This time of year when the rivers are low and clear bread is king and theres not many chub that cant resist a nice piece of bread flake or crust.Fishing bread puts lots of people off because it tends to come off on the retrieve leaving the angler thinking they have been fishing with a bare hook.Following a few simple rules should give you the confidence your doing it right and the hook is only coming back without anything on because your doing it right.

Choice of bread is important as a hookbait and you want the dense dough-type bread like the orange Warbutons toastie loaf the texture of this makes it ideal for hooking and staying on the hook till you come to retrieve it. The correct hook also helps and the hook I use is the super steel allrounder from Korum the medium wire gage and wide gape makes this the perfect bread hook in my opinion hook size can be anything from a size ten down to a four match your hooksize to your chosen bit of bread.

Placing the bread on the hook is simple but important is you mould it on too hard the bread becomes like a paste when wet and you will miss bites as the paste can mask the hook point. The correct way to hook flake is to take a piece about the size of a fifty pence piece, push the hook point through the bread just up from bottom then pinch the top of the bread round the shank and eye of the hook.I prefer eyed hooks to spade end patterns as I believe the eye grips the bread better. One pinch between your thumb and forefinger is enough and if your confidence is low drop it in the margins and you will see how well it stays on.At the end of the cast I strike slightly to make the bread come off and this helps to feed the swim.

Although chub can be bold biters they don’t like resistance so rigs must be free running and your quivertip must be the lightest you can get away in the conditions. My chub rod comes with three quivertips in one, two and three ounce and covers all my chub fishing and had a pound and a quarter test curve to help hold fish out of snags. I use the Korum allrounder quiver in eleven foot but any medium quivertip rod will cover chub fishing. Tactics are simply quiver tipping with just enough weight to hold bottom and a hooking in a variety of lengths. I normally start at three or four feet and shorten the length if I’m missing bites.Reel line is eight pound and this allows me to use a six pound hooklink that’s often needed in snaggy swims the eight pound reel line is also handy when any fish runs through a snag and a lighter mainline would result in cut offs.

The method is simple a ledgered bit of flake near any snags like undercut banks willows or fallen trees will catch chub and I always have thirty minutes without feeding just to see id any chub are home. If I’ve not had a bite I introduce some liquidised bread either by hand in small walnut-sized balls or a small cage type feeder.Then give it another thirty minutes before moving to another swim. I always return to swims that I’ve fed later in the session just to see if the bit of feed has attracted any fish to the area.

The correct bread for the hook is important the bread for feed isn’t. I just go to my local supermarket and but the cheapest stuff I can or look in the bargain baskets for the stuff that’s nearly out of date. I take six slices at a time tear into bits and liquidise until if forms a fine crumb. If big roach are present I add a handful of Sonu Baits crushed hemp, but if not I just use plain bread.

Using bread is a cheap and easy way of fishing and on its day can be a fantastic way of catching chub – have faith it stays on and give it a go!