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Big Fish Column: Roving approach is the best way to catch winter chub and perch

ANOTHER tricky week for local angling saw two of the most reliable winter species, chub and perch, come to the fore once again and there were certainly rewards to be had for those who persisted in what were less than ideal conditions.


Roving chub

Roving from swim to swim, rather than sitting it out in one spot, has always been my favourite way of winter chub fishing. It is not ‘always’ the most successful technique and some swims to call for a more patient approach but, for my money at least, you tend to get it right more often than you get it wrong.

Wargrave’s Todd Stevenson certainly proved the method is reliable by catching three good chub from three different swims during a roving session along the River Loddon last week. Todd baited a dozen or so likely swims at the start of the day with some liquidised bread and cheesepaste then fished each in turn for 20 to 30 minutes before moving on.

Presenting either bread or cheese on a size 8 hook to a 6lb fluorocarbon hook length and 8lb main line Todd winkled out chub of 4lb 12oz, 5lb 10oz and 5lb 15oz.


And roving perch

For perch, my approach has usually been to stay put in a known holding spot and wait for the fish to switch on but the roving approach does work for ‘stripeys’ too as Cookham’s  Andy Pearce proved by netting fish of 1lb 14oz, 2lb and 2lb 1oz from swims over a mile apart.

Andy fished in and around Bourne End and alternated between light spinners and link legered worms to net the fish. He also took a couple of small pike during his day on the river.


Trout update

The fishing remains good over at the Sportfish Game Fishing Centre and on Haywards Farm Lake some good buzzer hatches are resulting in a lot of feeding fish with the rod average last week a very good 4.6 and the best fish of the week a cracking blue trout of exactly 9lb to John Koltan.

Chris Hayward tells me that another batch of 40 large blue trout has just been introduced to the fishery, one of them being fitted with a yellow tag. The fishery prize pot for catching the tagged fish now stands at some £750, so someone catching a trout could be in for a very nice early Christmas present.


Fur and feather

Chris also informed me that there are still a few places left on the annual fur and feather competition, to be fished on Saturday 9th December. Tickets cost just £40 and include a two fish ticket and catch and release, plenty of superb prizes and, perhaps most importantly, a fabulous cooked fishery breakfast! 

Call the fishery on 0118 930 3860 to book one of the last remaining tickets.

Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at ian@bigfishtrail.com


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