Although the conditions are far from ideal at the moment here in the UK, the reality is that unless you go fishing then you won’t catch anyway. It’s an obvious thing really but as I have said on so many occasions, as long as your bait’s in the water then you have a chance.
When it’s tough though, it’s even more important to focus your efforts in terms of venue, species, location and bait. On this session I targeted chub, which is one of those fish that will feed right through the winter, even when others have long since entered almost a dormant state.
I’ve caught chevins when the ground has been so hard you can’t even get a bank stick in and you have to lay the rod on the earth, when you can’t cast properly because the rings on the rod are locked with ice, and you can’t even feel your toes and fingers.
This time round, although it was bitterly cold, none of those applied. I fished a coordinated bait approach of SBS Baits’ lobworm products. I loose fed lobworm pellets and boilies with 2x 10mm glugged baits on a hair-rig set-up.
Fishing with a Fox barbel specialist rod, there was a small free-running lead and the line of 8lb connected to the hooklength of 7lb braid. The hook was a Grip-Tip size 8.
I had nothing at all for the first two hours, and then right at the end I caught the one chub that was the fine line between a blank and catching. I had three very slight plucks and then I struck.
Compared to the usual chub bite, there was hardly any movement at all on the rod tip. I even initially thought I’d connected with a bream. It was only once it realised that it was hooked that the fish came alive. It then put up a good fight and I knew that it most definitely wasn’t a bream.
I do like the Ace Lobworm range of products that SBS Baits produces and as they are ‘four seasons’ then you know that you can use them all through the year – and that includes the depths of winter.
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