Leuciscus cephalus

Current British record: 9lb 5oz (2007) Andy Maker, Southern Stillwater


As one of the largest British coarse fish, the lovable Chub is actually a part of the Carp family. This species is a shy fish and will take the skills of a top angler to bag one. This fish will not survive in polluted waters and will only live in the cleanest of waters. The Chub is dark grey to brown in colour and can show shades of copper along its sides. The underside pelvic and anal fins are a beautiful shade of orange and their dorsal and tail fins are dark grey in colour.


With a specimen weight of 5lb this is a larger fish. The UK records stands at 8lb 10oz. Its average weight will be around the three to four pound mark.


Research suggests that the maximum length for an adult Chub is around 75cm. This species is one of the larger in the coarse fish variety.


The average age for a Chub is between twenty to thirty years.


Chub are found in many clean and highly oxygenated rivers at the upper the middle levels. They will spend the majority of their time close to overhanging trees and in open gravel areas close to the security of reeds. In rare occasions they can be found in still waters.


Although very shy, once they are on the hunt or trying to escape a catch these fish are very aggressive and will use a lot of energy to achieve their goals.


These fish are not fussy when it comes to eating, they will eat anything that comes their way from snails, crayfish and will even eat smaller fish. When hunting Chub bread, maggot and lob worms are very effective.


The Male Chub will hit maturity between the ages of 3-7 years, with females slightly later at 4-8 years of age. These ages have been known to change with the effects from environmental changes such as temperature.


Spawning will take place between the months of May and August. Optimum water temperatures are between 18 to 20 degrees. The average female will lay between 20000 to 30000 eggs per kg of weight. The males will compete against others to fertilise the eggs available to carry on their genes. Eggs will fall into the gravel below and can take between seven to fourteen days to hatch.


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