The lovely colors of autumn and comfortable temperature mean that I always wait for this season like for no other. This is when I would like to fish as much as possible. The first morning frosts and the lack of summer heat make the waters clearer. At this time I low water levels are more common so I fish in them more often than normally. Therefore, enjoying everything around me, I chase after one of the most interesting species of fish: the chub. The chub itself is a serious challenge at this time of year. I can’t say that this fact discourages me; on the contrary, it draws me in and mobilizes to action.
In the first part of the article about the autumn chubs I tried to draw your attention to the amount of effort I can put into actions that might seem prosaic, such as walking along the bank or wading into the river. Though it might sound funny, it’s necessary due to the fact that the fish of this species are especially easy to scare away, even more so when the water is clear and shallow.
When continuing my chase and thinking about how not to waste the previous actions, I started to pay careful attention to my behavior during the fishing itself.
Before I describe it I need to mention the fact that before starting fishing it is absolutely necessary to tie some kind of a lure to a fishing line.
When listening to many conversations and reading many publications about chub fishing, I have often found mentions of three types of possible lures: small Twisters (32/38 mm), spinners (STREAM/FOUCS), and wobblers (BUBBLE/CHUB). Each of the mentioned types of lure has the kind of work characteristic for its family. Even though they are very different, I can catch a chub with each of them.
According to my long experience, the better I am able to identify the fish’s needs with the individual features of those lures, the better results I get. My internal conviction about using this particular lure is something extremely necessary and positive. Most importantly, however, they are a tool, whose job it is to get me as close to the target as possible.
The first lure I mentioned was a twister. Armed with a jig head, it can jump or fall quickly. Thanks to it, it’s possible to get to the bottom even in narrow spaces. As far as I am concerned, I look for and catch chubs in holes, cracks, or between rocks and plants. I am also able to keep the twister in those spots, but only when I lead it up the current. Even so, catching a chub while making jumps happens so rarely that it’s always an “extra” I am very surprised with. In order to avoid the twister getting deeper and deeper (while leading it in any way other than upstream), you should use a light head. But despite this trick and using the lightest heads possible, for the sleepy winter chubs the speed necessary for keeping a horizontal route of the lure can still be too much.
It’s incomparably easier and more comfortable to lead the spinners. By lowering the weight of the body, I was able to lead them very slowly without losing the optimal depth. I have also often had the opportunity to appreciate the wave caused by the spinning wing. It is seen by the predators as a signal encouraging them to attack. But my goal is still one of the species of coarse fish, which apart from its distaste for sudden jumps of the lure proved that it doesn’t like intense experiences caused by the lure’s work. For those reasons I use spinners more often at the times of the annoying algal blooms, with water dirty from the rainfall, and during intense summer feeding. Unfortunately, when fishing in shallow spots and clear water, a spinner can be too active, too bright, and too visible for the chubs.
Wobbler is the lure that can be led at a slow speed at any depth I choose. In this case we also have a wider or narrower work to the sides, and with the wide range of colors available I haven’t got the slightest problem in adapting to a specific situation. The biggest difficulty is calibrating the way they should work very carefully. Despite all that, once you pick the right option in terms of size and behavior, wobblers turn out to be number one for chubs.
Since we are discussing this type of a lure, I will make an observation. Most of my clients who decide to buy wobblers (in the hopes of catching chubs), chooses the floating versions. Autumn chubs at this time can hide at different depths. That is why when I think of presenting this type of lure not only under the water surface, I have to lead them quickly. Unfortunately, even when I lead them relatively fast, their individual construction features still restrict the possibility of going deeper.
Autumn, cooler water… and the fish aren’t so full of energy any more. They also move their tails much slower. In those circumstances it becomes obvious that you can’t expect the chubs to be especially active or to chase after the lure very aggressively. My experience suggests that it is the slow speed of the lure that is the key factor when it comes to the number of bites in the future. At the same time, it is only because they are so slow that I wasn’t able to get deeper with floating wobblers. The situation was no better when I threw a wobbler across the current in such a varied river like Vistula and kept it going against the current. They were then able to go deeper when the current that was pushing against the steer was stronger (which was very different from my expectations and what I wanted to achieve, as well as what I had impact on).
Using the sinking versions of wobblers turned out to be a much easier and more effective solution. In their case, after tossing them up I need to have a kind of intuition if I want them to stay at the best depth. After doing this, I can relax and focus only on adapting the wobbler’s work to the speed of leading. To be continued.