Chub - (Leuciscus cephalus)
Chub are easily identified by their large blunt head and thick white lips. Their flanks are adorned with large black edged scales, with a hint of red and orange to their pelvic and anal fins.
Juvenile chub are silver in appearance and our often miss identified as dace, the easiest way to check what you have caught, is by looking at the anal fin, chub have a convex anal fin (rounded) where as dace have a concave anal fin.
Chub reach sexual maturity within 3-6 years and tend to spawn in late spring/early summer depending on local weather conditions. When the time to spawn arrives, females seek shallow water in the early morning and are pursued by boisterous males. The females lay their eggs on shallow areas of gravel which are then fertilised by the males in a dramatic water splashing affair.
The fry hatch from the eggs around 10-14 days after being fertilised and will inhabit areas with a gentle current. Once the fry have grown to a larger size, they will then enter the deeper flowing parts of the river in search of food.
Natural Diet & Common Baits
Chub will quite literally eat anything, that's why its always a good idea to take a range of change baits with you if you intend to target chub.
Their natural diet is extremely varied, and this due to them eating pretty much everything they come across, which includes, berries, insects, slugs, worms and other small fish.
Although they do not have teeth, chub use their powerful pharyngeal teeth situated at the back of their throat to crush just about any food item, including one of their favourites, crayfish.