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Graham Cornish

Graham Cornish Obituary Graham, Vice-President of the Chub Study Group passed away on Monday 26th March 2012. Although not a founder member, he joined the group during the first year and remained an active member for the next 38 years until his recent illness. Read his obituary by Fred Sykes.

The Chub Study Group

Chub Study GroupThe Chub Study Group (CSG) is a long established, small and friendly group of like-minded specimen anglers dedicated to the pursuit and study of Chub. Founded in 1972 it is now in it's 39th year.

Many of the Chub Study Group's members were members of NASA and the SAA and through the group's membership and their own individual membership continue to support the work of those organisations which is continued by the Angling Trust.

Although the CSG is basically a specimen group, to many of the membership it much more than just a group of anglers who target big chub, with many long distance and long lasting friendships having been built over the years.

Here's an article from the CSG's original Records Officer Phil Smith (Coventry Specimen Group).



FORGOTTEN METHODS?
Phil Smith

Phil Smith with a chubIt is a good truism that a successful method of catching chub will remain successful for all time.

Over the years that I've fished for Chevin I have both written and read many ideas that have been committed to print. Many of our older members will have possibly read the same features but I thought that some of them could stand being submitted again either as a refresher for some or a good idea for those new to the techniques being described.

In considering which of the hundreds of topics to relate, I discounted those which would be considered standard and finally chose three completely different systems that have produced numerous fish when conditions have been correct to dictate the method used.

Firstly I shall look at a style suited to still or very slow moving rivers.

The method was developed to fish a section of Cherwell where the opposite bank was lined with overhanging trees and bushes. Under these lay a small number of large, but ultra careful chub. Originally I would tackle these fish with a normal bobbin indication method, making the bobbin as light as possible to reduce the resistance to the taking fish.

The variation being, on this method, that after casting the bait, (usually a piece of crust balanced with swan shot a couple of inches away from the hook) against the opposite bank and assuming the line and bait missed the overhanging branches, the bait would be allowed to settle down to the bottom without tightening the line, thereby leaving it as far as possible under the bushes. I would now put a quite heavy bobbin on the line and proceed to take up the slack line to a point where there was a reasonably tight line to the bait.

The bobbin weight would now be adjusted to be as heavy as possible without moving the bait.
With the rod on two rod rests generally pointing towards the bait, the bobbin would be set on a tight line next to the rod, and not with the usual drop one normally associates with bobbin indication. You will find that it is impossible for the fish to touch the bait in this configuration without the bobbin falling back down - super sensitive, try it!

The second method originally appeared in the press under a heading of "Tunnelling for Chub". This time the swim is on your own bank with a long continuous line of bushes giving cover to a shoal of chub that are too canny to take bait presented outside the covers of their home. For the method to succeed the river requires extra flow going under the bushes, perhaps the river going either into, or out of, flood conditions. Sitting at the upstream end of the bushes the tackle would be readied.

Under normal conditions a matchbox size piece of crust would be balanced with a couple of swan shot pinched directly onto the line about 2" from the hook. This would then be cast to the upstream end of the bushes where in normal conditions the bait would slowly settle. In the flood conditions the flow pushes it down through the swim, the line slowly being fed off the reel. The bait can be worked perhaps five to ten yards through the swim in this fashion when suddenly the line speeds up as the fish takes the bait as it trundles through. Close the bail arm, strike and heave. Obviously heavy gear is required but it will catch fish that thought they 'were safe and took a hook bait for the first time in their front room.

The third method has perhaps caught me the most fish of the three, but it tends to be less selective in that the aim is to fish a length of river and take all the fish in that reach. The stretch to be fished would be a long, shallow, fast glide that forms a feature of so many rivers.

For this plan I took a leaf out of the salmon angler's book. Starting at the upstream end of the length you are to fish, you use a link ledger that you assess to be just enough to hold in the current. Casting half way across the river, you allow the bait to hold in a spot for a count of ten, then lifting the rod you dislodge it from that spot and let it swing to hold a little downstream from there. Count ten and repeat, working in a steady swing of stop and move. Once the bait has worked its way around, another cast is made three quarters of the way across and the whole procedure repeated, then cast the full width of the river for the last try from this spot. Now move ten to fifteen yards downstream and go through again. In this way almost all of the bed of the river will be covered and the bites will tend to be vicious pulls just after you lift the rod to move the bait.

There you are, three methods proven to work, often taking fish from difficult situations. If you recognise the swim description, try the method!


Phil Smith.
Coventry
July '92

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