I do enjoy my chub fishing especially when the temperatures drop and there’s crisp frosty grass crunching underfoot. If you travel light and move about you’ll generally have a chub or two in a short session so how do you ensure you make the most of the conditions? What I like to do is simple but very effective at most times of the year but especially so when winter days are short and generally cold, it’s also a cheap and cheerful way to introduce some attractant into the swim.
Not one for re-inventing the wheel I usually make up some bread crumb using a blender but due to my second blender in 6 months breaking on me I was without my trusty crumb and it was late on a Friday night. I had the loaf ready to go so decided instead to make some mashed bread, this can be done bankside using water from the river or the night before using bottled mineral water, try to avoid using tap water because the quality varies depending on where you live.
Step 1 – Cut the bread into small squares and place it in a suitable container, I use my bait bucket.
Step 2 – Measure out a litre of water and add a spoonful of Laguna Blue Cheese Special Edition SAC (Soak And Coat) juice, this is a concentrate so it doesn’t need a lot to have the desired effect. Mix the SAC juice in with the water until it dissolves into a milky liquid.
Step 3 -Simply pour the milky water over the bread and give it a quick mix by hand to ensure everything has a good coating, leave to stand for and hour and you’ll find the bread soaks up the water and will bind together well for ‘balling’ into your swim, it also has a very subtle smell that you may want avoid keeping in the kitchen for obvious reasons!!
When you arrive at your first swim chuck a compressed handful in and walk onto the next swim repeating the process, I’ll usually bait up 3 swims at any one time so if I do catch a chub I can rest the swim whilst I fish the next. Finding the fish can be difficult in winter so what you’re trying to do is draw them in and the combined effect of bread, which chub love anyway, and the Blue Cheese Special Edition SAC juice has them honing in on it in no time.
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