Ten Chub Questions. Part 1

Salmonids aside, the chub is the strongest of our predatory fish. And there is an opinion that it is also the most beautiful – some rich red fins are worth something! The peak biting chub on many rivers and streams of central Russia falls just in August.

I have heard that the chub is well caught with spoons where it lacks insects. Therefore, on a small river, where there are all kinds of butterflies, flies and grasshoppers around, it is almost impossible to catch it with a spinning rod. Is not it?

Indeed, there is such a theory. At first I myself completely trusted her, and therefore I caught chubs with spinning only on the Oka, Srednyaya Klyazma and the Moscow River, that is, rivers whose width is from seventy meters or more. On small rivers, I hardly tried. Then, somehow it happened, I caught a pike on a small overgrown river, decided to try a small wobbler and caught a few chub. After that, I no longer noticed the fundamental difference in the chub’s bite in large and small rivers. Even, perhaps, on a small river it is easier for a spinning player to catch a chub due to the higher concentration of this fish. Moreover, we are talking here about pure spinning, when a spoon, a wobbler, etc. is used as a bait. But there are also transitional methods, in which the bait is a “fly” or something similar.

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With a “turntable” and a wobbler – everything is clear, the “forehead” is caught on them. But in the jig, in relation to the chub, I have not yet “entered”. Should you persist?

With regard to the classic bottom method of jig fishing, I agree that it is far from the most effective in catching chub. More precisely, where there is a lot of chub, and he keeps in a rather deep place, mainly at the bottom, it happens that he regularly falls into a jig, led by a classic “step”. And so – the chub, as they say, “flies in” when fishing for pike or pike perch … More systematically, chub can be caught on a jig in the water column. A similar method is often successfully used in hunting for schooling perch, in which case it happens, as a rule, in stagnant water, while we catch chub with jig on the current. There is one unobvious subtlety in such fishing, associated with the direction of the cast. It is best to cast either straight up, or at an angle of forty-five degrees, but also upstream. The bait should be guided in the same way as we lead a jig when fishing for perch in the water column, that is, in waves, swinging the tip of a spinning rod. Except that the speed of the retrieve here, due to the fact that the bait goes with the flow, should be higher. The weight of the head in such fishing is small: on small rivers – 3-5 g, on relatively large rivers – up to 10 g.

My friend catches a chub at night on a completely black “turntable”. His spinners even have brass cores painted with black varnish. And it catches really well! Is there any explanation for this?

Somehow I remembered about a black cat in a dark room … In general, the topic of black is discussed in the circles of advanced spinningists. As if so latently, it means that if a person catches with a black spoon, he is no longer a “teapot”. “Teapots”, they are like crows with magpies, prefer brilliant … If a little closer to the real state of affairs, then in night fishing for chub (and, by the way, not only), firstly, not “turntables” are often used, but wobblers, in – secondly, color is objectively even less important than in daylight. More precisely, the opposite options, when, for example, lures with a light-accumulating coating are used (although my personal attitude towards them is rather negative), you can still find some kind of motivation, while going all black is hardly. Nevertheless, from this, in my opinion, it should not be worse, since on a dark night in water the role of visual perception is still extremely limited, and therefore the transition from one almost invisible bait to another, even more invisible, has little effect. … Fish in such conditions are much more oriented with the help of the lateral line. Well, the explanation of such a biased choice of black baits by an angler most likely lies in the field of psychology: once I tried it, I caught it, therefore I believed it, and confidence in such matters is extremely important.

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Rotational speed of the “turntable” petal – should it be maximum?

Somewhere I, I remember, described the case when I caught a chub during the day with one spoon. At first, the bite was very decent, then it was cut off, although nothing seemed to happen to the fish. As it turned out, on one of the casts, the spoon hit the bridge support with force, its petal bent, and the rotation became slower. Using the pliers, I restored the previous shape of the bend, and biting began again … That case, on the one hand, is indicative, on the other, not very. In the late 70s – early 80s, I still did not have a very good idea of ​​which spinner for a chub is better, and therefore I caught the most different ones. I cannot say that I noticed very quickly that “fast” spinners are better than “slow” ones. The chub was caught on both. Then, however, I realized that “fast” is generally preferable, I understood and in what conditions their advantage manifests itself.
If you fish with a cast in the sector from strictly across the stream and below, then the own speed of rotation of the petal has a minimum value, on a “slow” spoon bites in this situation are not less.

Everything changes when fishing is done using the upstream method or something else, when there is a significant upstream component in the casting direction. Here already the “slow” spoon almost “dies”, and the chub rarely shows its favor to such a “turntable”. A little later, when I began to catch chub more systematically, in my box with lures there was always a place for several types of lures, if we consider the separation by speed from rotation. These are both “fast” and relatively “slow”, and “turntables” of a universal design, which worked equally well both upstream and downstream. The latter included, first of all, “In-Lines” (“Elix” and others), etc. “Cone” spoons, the petal of which lies on its geometry on the surface of rotation.

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author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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