Lake Fishing for Chub at Nine Oaks Angling Centre

Chub Fishing Tips

Nineoaks in Summer Local angler, A smidgeon under 2lb Chub caught in Main Lake Our Chub are growing nicely, Steve Leigh with a 2.25lb from House Pool Our first ever Chub picture Landed 05/05/2014 a nice Chub

Introduction

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A little about Fishing at Nineoaks

 

A good days fishing?

In 2012, from this:-

Our first ever Chub picture

To this in 2014

Landed 05/05/2014 a nice Chub

this in a 2ft net!


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Layout and Aerial view of Nineoaks:-

A plan of the Fishery, its buildings and its lakes

Aerial view of Fishery

An aerial view of Fishery, courtesy of Google
Aerial map, courtesy of Google

Some suggestions and tips that should help you to catch more Chub and Coarse Fish everywhere, and especially here at Nineoaks.

Nineoak’s has 3 Coarse lakes holding a mixed head of quality fish. In the autumn of 2011 a number of small barbel were stocked in the Main Pool. These have since grown well (see pictures above) and are providing some suprisingly good sport, even though they are not yet fully grown. Their power and speed is fabulous. They like a frozen mussel in the margins and Luncheon meat too; these the best bait’s fished on the bottom and accompanied with a method mix.

Before we start, just remember that when you have caught one you are handling a live animal - so treat it with care and consideration. A little story of what one boy did. When Bill (the owner) started fishing again after he became a Dad. He caught a little Perch which was deeply hooked. He struggled to get the hook out as he was trying to be careful with it and not damage the fish as he struggled. Near to him was a young lad fishing

Chub were first stocked in October 2009, then another small stocking in November 2011. They were little more than fingerlings, i.e. as big as your index finger. The above pictures are of one of those “stockies” which have clearly grown on well. Although this fish was not weighed it was a good 15" or more long.

The latest picture shown the Chub held in a 2ft landing net! It was caught with a loaded method feeder and sweetcorn in the Main Lake. Quite a few Chub have been caught but this was the first time that the owner witnessed the capture and was on-hand to photograph it.

More chub were stocked in November 2011. These Chub are now roughly 2lb in size!

Roll-on the next 18 months as Chub Fishing should become tremendous?

What bait? Loose feed mictro pellets and fish over the top with fresh or frozen mussel, blue cheese mixed with white bread and a little water and fished as a paste - fabulous. All the usual, maggots, sweetcorn, chick-peas should do well.

At Nineoaks, we believe that the best methods are the simple ones. Don’t over complicate your fishing gear, keep it light and simple. That way you should avoid unnecessary tangles and expense through lost gear, and you should catch more fish.

Those anglers that come here with heavy, big pit gear rarely catch many fish. Big fish don’t become big by being stupid, they become big by being canny - how to get fed with out being caught. So, you will need to outwit and out think a smart animal. They know what you’re there for, that they’re your quarry. If you think they are stupid they’ve already won and you will not catch many, so you will have to “out smart” a smart animal. Fishing with a light rod (for maximum experience and pleasure, an adrenaline rush, and fun), a maximum of 8lb bs line, 6lb or thereabouts we think is best.

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Local angler Carl Halliwell # # Steve Leigh from Oldham

When’s Best?

Early mornings, and the afternoons with dog biscuit’s on the bottom in the margins. Soft hook-able, dog biscuit’s like Baker’s Beef or Chicken, plus bait banded pellet or soft biscuit’s like Chum Mixers, a sharp size 10 or 12 hook and 6lb line, it should be really good. Try ledger fishing a dog biscuit as a “pop-up” which is an excellent bait and method. Other good bait’s include sweetcorn, luncheon meat, paste, beef tongue (in tins), fresh or frozen cockles, muscles or prawns (not those in preservatives) fished in the margins. Plus, Worm and Maggots will catch plenty of good Roach, Bream and Chub.

You should find them in the margins and especially where there is a flow of water. Try trotting in the flow and watch the behaviour of your float. Fish a couple of inches over-depth. As soon as the behaviour of your float alters - strike, and always strike before your reel in - just in case! One angler, known as sausage man, fishes the margins using a float road, pole float and fresh sausage as bait. The takes are extremely fast, so he holds the rod at all times. He misses many but he also catches lots and many, mainly Carp 8-10lb about 12” from the bank.
This method works for all fish, not just the carp. Chub anglers do not use pods and snooze, they have the rod close by at all times. I would recommend having the handle of your rod resting on the edge of your seat next to your thigh. That way when a fish bites the rod is immediately to hand, no stretching to a pod or down to the ground. By the time it takes to stretch out the fish will have had your bait and spat the hook out. Remember, a fishes reaction time is 10 times faster than yours. By the time you’ve spotted your float, indicator or what ever move, the fish has had the hook and bait in his mouth, stripped it, found the hook and spat it out, and you’ve thought “oh, I’ve got a bite”! So, you have to be quick, no lazy fishing here. Although boilies are a good bait, they’re not normally a bait for chub. Although, those that use the smaller sizes, 8mm etc. have done exceptionally well over the winter months, especially when their bait has been tipped with sweetcorn. All the fish here, even the small Roach will take a bait on a size 10! As we’re not heavily match fished they’re not particularly hook shy.

What will change your catch rate is the presentation of your bait, no long tails from your knots. I’ve always found that the grinner knot presents the bait superbly, is a strong, small and neat knot. If you don’t know how to tie it ask me and it would be a pleasure to show you how I tie grinner knots the easy way, my way. Usually when angler’s are not catching it is usually they’re knots and how they tie them that are letting them down. Their hooks are not “in-line” but sit at an angle to the line, so when they strike instead of the hook pulling in to the fish it pulls out, away from the fish. With a grinner knot the hook is in-line with the line and so moves accordingly. Once I’ve tied a grinner knot for an angler, they usually catch before I walked 10 yards away! Presentation is everything!

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