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Time to fish with chubs

October 3rd 2013 01:58
creek chub

This time of year, fishing may not be as easy as it was back in the Spring--especially if you're after something like catfish or musky. If lures and other baits fail to produce strikes, a creek chub may be just the ticket to trigger bites from big brutes.

Creek chubs are a popular minnow throughout much of North America. Bass, walleye, pike, catfish, or musky are a few fish you can hook with a chub. Creek chubs can grow up to 12 inches but, most that you find are going to be in the 3- to 6-inch range. Although they can be purchased in bait shops, chubs can also be caught by hook and line if you use tiny pieces of bread or worms as bait.

While creek chubs usually live in streams, you can sometimes find them in lakes. Look for them in clear to slightly cloudy water with a gravel bottom. If you find those conditions near a beaver dam, youíre almost guaranteed success! The small fish usually have an olive-colored back with silvery sides and a long dark stripe down the side.

Creek chubs are carnivores, eating mostly insects, but also small fishes, crayfish, worms and even smaller creek chubs so, you may even consider them cannibals! On the other hand, theyíre preyed upon by larger fish and some birds.

Creek chubs are large enough that you want to present them as naturally as possible. For this reason, itís best to hook them about ĺ of the way up their back, measuring from the tail. Hook through from one side to the other but be careful not to injure the spinal cord because you want to fish to swim in a natural fashion.

After being careful not to cast too hard and lose the chub, let the fish swim freely about. However, you can also try fishing a creek chub like a lure by slowly retrieving and pausing it as you slowly reel in.

Since some waters have regulations about introducing non-native baitfish, itís best to check your state's fishing rulebook before fishing with creek chubs and there may be local restriction so, it never hurts to be as thorough as possible.

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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