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Chub Rod

#1
I have been using a Drennan Series 7 1 1/4 Avon with the quiver top for chub fishing on the Thames but it doesn't seem particularly good for striking at bites presumably as it has a through action. i was thinking about getting a Korum 60 gram 3 Piece feeder rod as it sounds about right for where i am fishing. however reviews on Korum rods seem a bit mixed, they are obviously good value for money but is it better to spend a bit more on something else?
 
#2
John, are you hair-rigging your baits? It's possible the chub are just mouthing, then dropping the baits when they feel resistance.

I would have thought that the rod you are already using would be perfect for the job.
 
#3
I’m feeder fishing maggots on a small hook. But think a faster action rod may be better? May be easier once the small stop biting so much.
 
#4
I've found the series 7 Avon to be a smashing rod for chub. Think you'll be downgrading if you get a Korum
 

Mark Swaby

Senior Member
#6
John, your rod should be good enough but you possibly need to fish the feeder differently.I used to Match fish the Thames and won and placed in quite a few winter league matches far bank feeder fishing for chub.My basic feeder method did not involve having to strike fast.Fish about 4lb/5lb mainline and fish your feeder(30gm kamasan black cap) on a loop with a lighter 18 inch hooklength. Start off casting slightly upstream and look to see if the feeder holds bottom,hopefully it will not.If the feeder starts to bounce leave the bail arm open,finger just touching the spool and strike out a long length of line,see if it holds,if not strike another length of line out.Hopefully it should now hold,now put the rod high in a rest downstream of you and tighten up to the bow.If after two lengths of line you are still not holding you need to add weight to the feeder or fish a heavier feeder, but do it carefully, you need that critical balance.The fish dislodge the feeder which bounces along pulling the hook home.Cast often at the start to get the fish competing.Your bite will usually be a tiny tap on the tip and then a drop back the chub or roach should have hooked themselves on the feeder.Pick the rod up and pull into the bow winding to make contact.If you start to find the bites slowing increase or shorten the hooklength, put a bomb with a long hooklength over the same line and fish floating maggots so they drop slowly through the water.Or you can put a big waggler over the same line we used to feed stickymag to get the distance
 
#7
I fish the Thames through oxford a fair bit and use the 1.5lb series 7 specialist avon all the time unless there is a foot or more of water on.

I find them to be excellent rods so your 1.25lb may be a little under gunned picking up on the strike if your casting across the river.
 
#9
I have been using a Drennan Series 7 1 1/4 Avon with the quiver top for chub fishing on the Thames but it doesn't seem particularly good for striking at bites presumably as it has a through action. i was thinking about getting a Korum 60 gram 3 Piece feeder rod as it sounds about right for where i am fishing. however reviews on Korum rods seem a bit mixed, they are obviously good value for money but is it better to spend a bit more on something else?
I have the exact same rod and I've found is an excellent tool for the chub (and bigger roach). I mostly fish bread, occasionally meat or cheese. It's important if fishing a distance out, to leave a small hoop of line from the rod to the lead the/feeder. I also prefer a fixed paternoster rig, with a lighter hook link of course. Also, if you are missing bites, shorten the hook length to just 6 inches..