Chub (Leuciscus cephalus)

Identification.

Chub (Leuciscus cephalus)

Chub have a large head, a large mouth with almost rubberlike lips, a black/silver to greenish back, silvery sides, white belly, and fins tinged with yellowish red. Size and length varies depending on water. although the chub may look small they can be strong fighters when hooked by an angler. Chub can also be recognized by the dark net-like pattern around the scales.

Habitat.

Predominantly a river fish, the chub is found where currents flow fast over gravel or stony beds. It is a fish of clean, unpolluted waters where both oxygen and food exist in plenty.

Food.

Small fish, insects, small crayfish and natural insects falling from over hanging vegetation. Beetles, moths, grubs, seeds and small fruit are also taken by chub.

Breeding.

Chub spawn in the spring during May and June.

Statistics.

The British record was broken in May 2007 when Steve White caught a 9lb 3oz Chub.

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