ChubDescription and habitat of Chub (Leuciscus cephalus):
The chub is primarily known as a river fish but it can also be found in ponds and lakes and is now commonly found in commercial fisheries such as Furnace Mill.  It has a long cylindrical body with a large blunt head and has large greenish brown scales which work down to a lighter golden flank and white belly with black or dark brown tail fin.


  The dorsal fin of the chub is a grey green colour and the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are orange and/or red.  It has a large mouth and has the nickname 'rubber lips'.   Small chub will often shoal but as they grow larger they tend to become more solitary.  An average fish is 2 to 3 lb but they can grow to over 8 lb.  They can often be found under overhanging trees and bushes and if in a river can be seen feeding in the river's current over gravel beds. 

Chub are predatory fish and  like to eat flies, insects, worms, fish fry and berries from overhanging trees and bushes.  Larger specimens will also eat small fish such as minnows, roach and dace, and are known for eating just about anything!    Sometimes when they are smaller they are mistaken for dace as they have similar body and fin colouring.  You can tell them apart as the chub has a convex anal fin while the dace has concave.  Chub are unlike other fish in that they feed all year round so it doesn't matter if you are out on a freezing cold winters day or a hot and sunny summers day.

Baits allowed at Furnace Mill Fishery for catching Chub:
Worms, cheese, bread, maggots, casters, Furnace Mill feed and hook pellets, hemp, sweetcorn, luncheon meat, prawns and cockles. For the bigger chub use a bigger bait. Chub are also caught by fly fishing.

Tactics for catching Chub at Furnace Mill Fishery:
Chub can be caught using various methods including float, ledger, feeder, free-lining, spinning with lures and even fly fishing. The venue will determine the best method. A medium rod with a fixed spool reel fitted with a minimum of 3lb line should be used. Hook size of 16 up to a 4 but this will depend on the size of the bait used. I use barbless hooks because they cause less damage to the fish and are easier to unhook. A typical approach when chub fishing in rivers or flowing waters is trotting. Use a stick float or in faster waters a big Avon or a Loafer that carries a lot of shot. The float and shotting pattern will depend on the speed of the water flow and where in the water the chub are located. Plumb the water to get the depth and start by stringing the shot out button style and letting the float and baited hook flow at the same speed as the water. The baited hook needs to be in front of the float so hold back (stop the float) for a couple of seconds every couple of yards or so. (the reason for this is the current nearer the river bed is slower than the surface so holding back the float will allow the baited hook to stay in front - you'll get the hang of it!). When trotting remember to feed every cast. After a few run throughs if you get no bites try altering the shot by moving it nearer the hook or bunching every second shot together. If fishing a fast flowing water try using an Avon type float and fix the shot nearer the hook to keep it closer to the river bed. Another method is free-lining. This is ok where there is little flow on the water. Attach a single swan shot (SSG) about a foot up the line from the hook and fish a large piece of luncheon meat or bread. The bait will bounce along the river bed and hopefully be intercepted by the chub. The feeder rod can also be used. Make sure you use enough weight to hold the bait on the bottom of the river bed. Start with a 24 inch hook length, bait your hook, fill you feeder with maggots or casters and cast in. If after a few casts you don't get a bite try varying the hook length from the feeder until you start getting bites Chub can also be caught on plugs and spinners. On slower moving rivers / waters try fishing floating crust. This can be a perfect approach on its day. Chub love bread so don't be afraid to use quite large pieces.

For details about purchasing Chub see the Fish For Sale page.