Give me five

Martyn Skoyles has been in search of chub the last few months, with a string of 5lb fish coming his way from a number of different rivers.

Although it’s fair to say that winter isn’t necessarily my favourite time of year with the shorter days and often bad weather conditions, I do always really look forward to some chub fishing.

This year has seen the fishing be particularly good, and a number of short sessions on the River Thames and Cherwell in Oxfordshire have produced plenty of chub up to 5lb 2oz and some cracking roach. I tend to mostly fish shorter sessions of an hour or two when conditions on the river look ok, travelling light and roving between likely looking spots.

I’ve also managed to fit in a couple of day trips further afield, although weather conditions where not always so kind. In particular my first trip to the River Wye, which happened to be on a Sunday following a couple of days of non-stop torrential rain. When I arrived at the venue and the farmer told me that the other 4 anglers booked in to fish that day had all cancelled I suspected things might be a little tricky! However despite a chocolate coloured river racing through, regular feeding in a slack area produced two chub, including another 5lber so I packed up soaking wet but more than happy given the circumstances.

A visit to the Trent saw conditions looking much better, with the river dropping having been heavily in flood the week before. Surprisingly the daylight hours didn’t produce a bite, but staying just into dark proved worthwhile as the tip slammed round and another good chub of 5lb 4oz was in the net.

I’ve got a few more trips planned between now and the end of the river season so fingers crossed a few more will come my way.