Although chub and even barbel have been stocked into stillwaters they are really river fish and to catch these two exciting species from flowing water I have assembled this comprehensive guide which allows you to both float and ledger for them.
John's Simple Fixed Paternoster Ledger
For all my ledgering in running water I use the simple set up shown below using the four turn water knot as the junction. Weight to hold bottom can then be either swan shots pinched on to the link (in slow currents) or bomb or block end feeder attached via one of the snap links provided.
The beauty of incorporating a block-end feeder into a basic fixed paternoster ledger rig is that it releases free food on a continued basis each time a new cast is made and therefore keeps the barbel and chub foraging up and down the selected swim.
Although most anglers associate feeder fishing with catching chub and especially barbel, both species can be caught on the float. In fact my largest barbel ever was caught stret pegging. So here are some rigs for doing so.
For all deepish runs close into the bank there is nothing that can beat stret-pegging. It's a brilliant technique for catching river barbel and chub.
Owing to the distance involved in reaching certain swims with float tackle, even after wading out a few yards, natural presentation of the bait can be hampered by a float fixed top and bottom. Any kind of control, or the slightest wind, will drag the float and consequently the bait off the feed line, across the swim instead of down it. Then, the obvious remedy is to fish the waggler. Indeed, on certain barbel rivers it is the method.
There is nothing at all complicated about this method, it really is very easy if you follow a few basic rules. If successful you'll enjoy the clunk of the large chubber float as you strike into your first float-caught barbel or chub.
John's Surface Bait Rig for Chub
This is a simple set-up, but when the water is warm and the chub are looking up for food then you will enjoy some heart stopping moments using it.
A simple flat float locked either end with shot makes an ideal controller. Use your balsa trotter, or a length of unpainted peacock quill.
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