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    Default Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    Good evening,

    Spent a couple of hours on my local river yesterday evening fishing for chub. I caught a couple of fish between 1-2lb on floating crust but noticed the bigger ones preferred the bread slowly sinking so pinched some flake on the hook.

    The water was gin clear and i could watch the chub snaffling the freebies so i cast my hookbait in. I must have cast 10 times and every time the bigger chub came towards the bread and clearly took it into their mouths. Each time i struck i felt a 'bump' but no hook ups!

    Was it because i was freelining the bait? The hook was a size 6.

    I did catch a nice roach of 1lb 6oz but as soon as i did the chub scarpered!

    What are your thoughts on this please?

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    It's defo NOT because you were freelining the bait make no mistake if you can see the fish freelining is the best way by far.

    Maybe try a smaller hook say a 10/12 with the point showing and vary the size of your bait, sometimes they will wolf down a smaller bit or go for the golf ball size bits depending on what day of the week it is. Also Chub can be skitty when it's really bright and the water is clear, a cloudy day could see them being totally the opposite.

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    It's defo NOT because you were freelining the bait make no mistake if you can see the fish freelining is the best way by far.

    Maybe try a smaller hook say a 10/12 with the point showing and vary the size of your bait, sometimes they will wolf down a smaller bit or go for the golf ball size bits depending on what day of the week it is. Also Chub can be skitty when it's really bright and the water is clear, a cloudy day could see them being totally the opposite.
    Thankyou for the reply.

    I wasn't sure which way to go regarding the hook size but next time will go smaller and vary the size of the flake.

    The most frustrating thing was I could see the chub had lost their minds chasing the freebies and I couldn't hook one!!

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    If it were me I'd go for the roach.

    I do have the same problem freelining for chub sometimes. Last time it happened I switched to a light ledger and sat on my hands until the rod went round.

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    I experience this on my local river, some days they are on it, some days they aren’t.

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    Try a centre-pin and flake rather than crust on the hook, the fish will often hook themselves against the inertia of the reel.

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    Quote Originally Posted by tink View Post
    Thankyou for the reply.

    I wasn't sure which way to go regarding the hook size but next time will go smaller and vary the size of the flake.

    The most frustrating thing was I could see the chub had lost their minds chasing the freebies and I couldn't hook one!!
    No worries, bet it was fun though, I know it's one of my favourite bits of fishing, watching them big white lips open up.

    Despite having super gobs the old chub can really be delicate takers if they have been round the block on well fished waters. Make sure the bread is falling with the free offerings at the same pace as it will induce a better take than one going down on it's lonesome, sometimes it only needs a couple of freebies with a bait like bread, much the same as float fishing take time to mend the line if needed too so that it falls natural, good luck its gonna be fun

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    I would imagine you were either striking early or late,chub often hold the bait in their lips,on the other hand it you strike late the beggars will open their mouths leaving it difficult to hook up.

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    Default Re: Trying to hook chub when freelining breadflake.

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    No worries, bet it was fun though, I know it's one of my favourite bits of fishing, watching them big white lips open up.

    Despite having super gobs the old chub can really be delicate takers if they have been round the block on well fished waters. Make sure the bread is falling with the free offerings at the same pace as it will induce a better take than one going down on it's lonesome, sometimes it only needs a couple of freebies with a bait like bread, much the same as float fishing take time to mend the line if needed too so that it falls natural, good luck its gonna be fun
    It was certainly fun - the heart was racing a bit! Thanks again for the tips.

    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    I would imagine you were either striking early or late,chub often hold the bait in their lips,on the other hand it you strike late the beggars will open their mouths leaving it difficult to hook up.
    The first couple of times i was striking too early so left it longer. I thought it was a dead cert i'd nail one as the bread was completely disappearing in their mouths. Well frustrating but i'll have another go at them soon!

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