Very often when catching a small asp, a chub of about the same size comes across. As far as one can judge, chubs and asps weighing up to 0.5 kg often stay close to each other and grab the same bait. Their lifestyle at this time is similar, only in nutrition the chub focuses on insects, and asp on fry. Over time, the chub switches more and more to fry, but both predators continue to stay in approximately the same places, although they have a certain food competition. It is more noticeable during periods when there are few insects, in early spring and late autumn.
At this time, the chub and asp can stay on the same slope, more precisely, at the entrance or exit from it, but their hunting places do not coincide. Most likely, a larger asp expels the chub from the most convenient points, but at the same time he himself does not hunt in someone else's territory. In summer, some of the most promising fishing spots are piles of old bridges, behind which turbulent currents always form. You can also successfully catch at existing bridges. Chubs in such places gather in whole flocks, but not everywhere there is an opportunity to cast bait for the bull or parallel to it.
One of the most famous such places on the Moscow River is the Bronnitsky Bridge. Here we somehow had a very significant case. The six of us were fishing from the shore. The chub fight was such that the spray from the feeding predator almost reached us. However, for three hours of fishing we did not have a single bite. We tried all our baits, right on the shore we knitted new flies – all to no avail. The chub saw us, and one would think that he was just mocking us. We managed to get away from zero only when one of us went for the waders, wandered into the water a little upstream and fused a small wobbler. Literally on the third posting I got a chub of 400 grams, then a few more already a little more. Of course, we released all of them: the main thing was to find an approach to the fish and make sure that the chub can be outwitted.
The chub, like all fish, begins to eat off before winter. This process on the Moscow River is not as pronounced as on other rivers, nevertheless, a surge in activity is also observed here every autumn. The chub at this time does not radically change its location, but with cooling water it moves to a greater depth and, as a rule, moves away from the coast. As insects disappear, all chubs, regardless of size, excluding only the very small ones, switch to feeding on fry. On the one hand, this simplifies the life of spinningists, since it is easier to pick up a bait, on the other hand, it makes it very difficult. The fact is that the basis of nutrition of a small chub is a young fingerling, which by the fall grows to a length of 2-3, less often – 4 cm. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to choose a bait that would successfully imitate such a fish.
# 0-00 lures are suitable for Mepps numbering, but such lures require very delicate ultralight gear. However, the chub is not a rudd, and quite worthy specimens are often come across, which is extremely difficult to deal with with light gear. Here again the bombard comes to the rescue, equipped no longer with a fly, like in summer, but with small lure. In this case, quite powerful rods and strong fishing lines can be used. In the fall, the chub responds much better to lures of muffled and dark colors, and we have more than once been rescued by spinners with a black or sooty petal.
I must say that in relation to the chub you can not worry that he will not notice the bait. The chub has well-developed vision, it constantly controls the surface horizon and often grabs the bait right at the moment it falls into the water. In autumn you have to go fishing with long rods, as you need to get the chub from a long distance. At this time, it rarely appears on the surface and is more difficult to detect. True, sometimes the chub gives a smack, similar to a perch. When searching, you have to focus more on knowledge of the river. If the dump begins in the pit below the rift, then there is a very high probability of catching the chub, as, indeed, of other predators.
If in the summer the chub takes all day, then in the fall its outlets are getting shorter. By the end of October, bites begin only at sunrise and continue until about noon. Then a break follows until about 16 hours, after which the bite can resume, but it will be very short, sometimes no more than half an hour. When catching a chub on small turntables and wobblers, certain problems arise. Although this fish is distinguished by its fleshy jaws, even kilogram chubs often break from small hooks. We have to change the hooks to larger ones. On most wobblers, you can put tees one size larger than regular ones, but provided that they are made of thinner wire – such a re-equipment does not impair the balance of the wobbler.
With spinners it is more difficult: on most mepps replacement is not provided, although the quality of regular tees is very low. We have to change them, adding a small winding ring to the equipment. Sometimes it is necessary to change the hooks on high-quality baits, but for other reasons. So, on some Megabass wobblers there are hooks with a reverse beard. They catch well, but when they are removed from the fish, it is more injured. Since we try to release all the caught fish, we immediately change the traumatic regular hooks to ordinary or beardless ones.
It is difficult to catch a chub purposefully at this time: it comes across, but more often by accident, when catching an asp. This usually happens on morning and evening dawns when fishing on wobblers. During this period, you can specifically hunt the chub only in certain places where it holds all year round. However, there are very few of them: along the entire river below the city, my friends and I were able to find only three such places. In spring, you can catch 5-6 decent specimens, but in winter – only one on duty. All of them are practically of the same size class – from 0.5 to 1 kg.
All three of these places are very similar: the jet hits the shore and is reflected, side turbulences form near it. There are many similar places on the river, but in these there are still flooded trees lying across the stream. The jet is decelerated here, and a small return line is formed on the side. Chubs take a position behind an obstacle and wait for prey. Grips always occur when the bait from the stream falls into this lull. Spinner rotation here crashes, and the wobbler, after active work on the jet, freezes.
Despite the abundance of the chub in the Moscow River, there is not as much large chub as we would like. Therefore, it is better to immediately release all caught fish, especially since the chub in terms of fishing is much more interesting than in terms of cooking.
author Timofey ZYKIN