Monday, 24 June 2013

Chub pb

As the sun set on the Warwickshire Avon I spent the evening once again trotting a float down my favourite swim. My target was Barbel but I don't mind catching Chub, they are not seen as nuisance fish in my book rather an added bonus, especially when they are the size of my first of this particular session.
My Loafer float had only just landed beneath the far bank Willows (not an easy cast!) when it shot under and I knew I was connected to a decent fish. Even Chub fight hard in this fast water and when I saw it's big open mouth break through the surface I thought 'this is a five'. It was only in the net that I realised the depth of it and that it could be close to a pb. On the scales it went 5lb 15oz, of course I reweighed it and gave the scales a shake but I could not claim my first ever 'six'. I was and still am however really pleased with a new pb.
Avon Chub don't seem to be long fish but they do seem to be getting heavier and they are definitely deeper bodied than they were a few years back.
I fished on thinking it would be great to get a new pb Barbel on the same session but the chances were slim- I keep doing the lottery too!
I did however nail a brace of Barbel, the first being my biggest so far of this season weighing 9lb 10oz.
I followed this with a 6lb 5oz fish not long after.
I carried on but that was the last of the action.

16 comments:

  1. nice pair of barbel Joe. Congrat's on the fatty pb chub, it is a lump.

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  2. Nice going Joe, lovely tubby chevin, congratulations on the pb and two very pretty barbus.

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  3. They are getting bigger those Avon Chub, I've had a few over 5 last season and there are loads over the 4lb mark. They give great sport too.

    Nice one Joe, the Avon does seem to be thriving at the minute, may it continue.

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  4. Nice brace mate. Keep it up while you can.

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    1. What do you mean Mart? think it has a limited life span this swim?

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    2. Possibly, but what I meant was the baby duties you will have soon.
      The fish like the snags there, so there will always be a few fish holding up there. Both the chub & barbel showed signs of being spawned out. They will only stay in the fast shallow runs for a short time & will spread out into other areas.

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  5. Great chub, you have that peg well and truly nailed. Five pound plus fish are now much more popular than a few years ago and like you I love catching chub. I managed my first double of the new season last night below a weir not too far from yours so I was pretty pleased too.

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  6. Going to try some float fishing for Barbel myself and have some swims in mind. Any tips Joe ?

    Was thinking just a chubber float with a hook buried in a big bit of meat with a couple of swan shot to get the bait down.

    I take it you drag the bottom ?

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    1. Yes Mick, drag bottom the chubber float etc is perfect

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