I'd taken the Friday and Monday off work to make the most of the,tradionally excellent, late season chub fishing. Friday and I had the river to myself apart from the usual layabouts and hermless types you meet down the river on a weekday. Trundling bread feeder was the approach and I had to chop one of the micro feeders down to about 7g to get the desired movement in the reduced flow.
First stop was a couple swims by the watermans pub midday. I was getting small bites which I was missing. I guessed it was small fish. It was roach. Eventually I got a tapping bite and hooked & landed a chub about 2.5lb.
Moving on downstream I fished a couple swims but only got a roach or two until pitching up behind the ice rink for a chub around 4lb. I've just counted how many swims I fished and its far too many to detail each one here. Some of the ones I expected good things from failed to produce a bite whereas some seemed to be full of fish with numerous bites. I was not hitting them well and was missing about 3 in 4 to begin with.
Fishing from midday to 9pm I hit 14 swims (too many to describe) and ended up with a couple more 5lb chub and a 4lb 12 with assorted roach. Thats hard work for 4 decent chub but well worth it I thought. I'm all chubbed out today so have been down to Fat Phil's to replace a few of the feeders I lost and put some decent line (Silstar Match - Nellist recommended) on my reel after tangles and tree-related crack offs left it underfilled and casting poorly.
Here's a pic of the best chub which went about 5lb 3 and came well after dark from a swim I shared with a young couple 'from the estate' who were having a discussion which I pulled my hood up to avoid overhearing. "I'll tell 'er sister she's on the game". They were pleasant enough when they spoke to me to be fair.
All 3 of the 4.5lb plus fish put up a good scrap and were fat fish in good condition. All-in-all a good start to the end of season chubathon.