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After my spot of livebaiting and catching little perch, on my next trip to the river I reverted to spinning the J9 Rapala. The first spot I tried was a glide with overhanging trees on the north bank. Last year there was a big willow tree in the river which held back the flow and caused a big slack under the south bank. There were always chub in the slack. The tree has gone - washed away last winter. I waded in from the north side and cast into the ex-slack. A ripple, too big for the splashdown of my little plug, moved out from the bank. Clearly the chub were still there. I cast again and the lure was taken. A four pound chub surged out into the flow and was played to my feet, photographed and released. I cast again and a smaller chub took the lure. The next one was missed and after a couple of biteless casts I tried fishing back towards where I'd waded in. The water was faster and shallower under the trees and, to my surprise, I had a fierce take. Pike! I thought but it proved to be a 5lb+ chub which (unusually) fought all the way to my feet. It was as fat as a barrel. I beached it and took a picture. No more bites so I wandered on upstream. The next spot produced a small trout and then, in the tail of a big pool, I had an extremely lively jack pike.
All in all it was an excellent session and I have to say that I love catching chub on lures. I think it is an excellent method for sorting out bigger fish although even tiddlers will take a 9cm Rapala. With the fine braid and a knottable wire trace to avoid pike bite-offs it's a very satisfying tactic. After my short session I drove to another stretch where there are only a couple of fishable spots. I missed a good trout and had a follow from a decent pike before hooking a chub at maximum range. It was bigger than any I'd caught, but it came off as I was trying to slide it onto the grassy bank to have its picture taken. After that I boldly cast the plug into a willow tree overhanging deep water. When it broke off I packed in - I hate losing lures.
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