Well, I fished till 11 o’clock that evening and never saw that fish again, not even to this day. I know that if I had been in position first, then I would have had a chance. This was a good few years ago and in that time, I have spent a lot of time walking the banks of that particular stretch, and I can only assume it was a completely nomadic fish, and maybe uncaught.
In my opinion, at the start of autumn and winter, when the rain and flooded higher water levels start arriving it can be the easiest time to catch big chub. It really is not that difficult; I like the river to be just inside the banks, but if it is just flooding into the fields that is fine too.
Going back to the summer, I will have already checked out all the slacks and made a note of them. Summertime slacks can often be where the shoals of bream sit. Come wintertime they are like lay-bys on the motor way, the motor way being the hard-flowing river. This is where the chub will also sit at times, right under the bank, and the harder the flow the fewer there are of these spots.