Big specimen falls for maggot tactics following week-long prebaiting campign.
Top specimen angler and Total Coarse Fishing regular Alan Stagg has been targeting the river Loddon for chub this winter – with this recent clonking 7lb 10oz specimen being a highlight.
The Gardner Tackle-backed rod caught the big chevin after putting his efforts into a tough stretch of the southern waterway with a low stock of big specimens. A week-long prebaiting campaign saw a mix of 4mm elliptical pellets, hemp and dead maggots regularly introduced into Alan’s chosen swim, and once primed and ready to fish, the 25-year-old cast his rig.
“I was hoping that my prebaiting would concentrate the fish and gain their confidence,” Alan told TCF. “I fished my faithful but very deadly mag-aligner tactic using a Enterprise Tackle grub slid over the shank of the hook creating a line aligner effect. Two white maggots were kicked onto the hook and the rig was placed inside a large PVA bag of maggots containing around half a pint of bait.”
With everything set, Alan’s rig was presented upstream by a far bank snag and less than 3hours later the big chub, Alan’s second 7lb plus fish since Christmas, slipped up.
“The fish stayed deep and I knew I was attached to something special,” continued Alan who’s pb for the species is an impressive 8lb 5oz caught this time last year. “It was a very fat fish, wide across the back and in great condition. Another eight in the making I reckon. It was chesty but with plenty of room at the back end of the fish to go bigger.”
Alan beat his fish, along with two other smaller chub during the session, using 8lb Hydro Flo mainline to a 14inche hooklink of 15lb Trickster supple braid with a size 12 Mugga hook all held in place by a 2oz lead on a running setup.