Looking for the best chub baits around? A LOT of anglers target chub in the winter months when they start packing on the weight and filling out. And whether you’ve just got a couple of hours to spare or a full day session booked, you’re in with a chance (providing your river’s not chocolate-coloured with 4 ft of extra water).
A river that’s fining down with a steady or rising water temperature and a tinge of colour is best. The beauty of this method is that you don’t need much tackle or bait. A simple running link leger with around 6 lb line straight through or to a 4 lb hook length and river feeder rod will suffice.
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In an ideal world, if you can walk the length of water you are intending to fish and drop some freebie hookbaits into the swims you like the look of to get a few fish sniffing around, so much the better.
So what about best chub baits? Here’s my top choice for roving, especially if you can stay on a bit into dark, touch-legering or with an isotope on your quivertip.
Best chub baits: Lobworm
The humble lobworm is one of the best chub baits out there, in my view.
Slipped onto a size 8 or 10 hook and flicked out to splash and settle under a weed raft, or on the edge of a ‘crease’ in the flow.
Expect a very quick bite if a chub is lurking. You could try flicking some broken bits of worm in beforehand too. You might just nail a big perch.
Best chub baits: Cheese paste
Chub love cheese paste, especially after dark.
Mould it around the hook, with just the hook point free, or use a ‘bait cage’ on the hair as shown. Prime swims in advance with half a dozen small pieces to get some scent down.
You can try boosting it with garlic or even tuna for more punch.
Best chub baits: Bread flake
I recommend bread flake or its partner, popped up bread crust as chub love them both. Try feeding a bit or mashed bread into the swim first to get them looking for it, before flicking out your hookbait.
A highly visible bait, a great texture and it’s cheap. Chub can be tempted on a big mouthful, too, so don’t be shy in the portion size.
You can try dipping some of your hookbait in krill flavouring as an extra flavour boost.
Best chub baits: Prawns
Boasting a great flavour leak off, prawns in all their forms have a great texture and, again, are highly visible.
Buy the shell-on prawns and peel them on the bank to ensure you have the most flavoursome hookbaits.
Break and feed half a dozen pieces into your swim before going in with a hookbait if possible.
My best chub bait tip!
Be ready, chub are one of those species that can pounce on a bait before it’s even settled – first cast! If you are too casual, you can easily miss your only chance in a ‘new swim’.
So many bites are missed because anglers are just adjusting their front ’rest or just closing the lid on their bait box when the quivertip suddenly pulls round – and then drops back.
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