Last time at the river, my attempts to film chub taking floating crust rather failed. I managed to get just one take on camera and that was 30 yards down the river and barely visible. But a second trip has produced over 20 takes caught on camera, a sign perhaps that I am beginning to think more about video recording and am getting better at it.
The most surprising set of takes occured in the second glide on the stretch, just downstream from one of the spots that I have floatfished for chub. I have never fished this spot but it produced a dozen takes of which I managed to film six or seven, including one really big, splashy rise at the downstream end of the swim. So this spot will definitely be added to my fishing plans for the start of the season.
On a couple of occasions I was able to see the fish concerned and they looked a nice size. One was certainly over 4lbs. My best ever chub caught on crust was something like 3-08 from the Cherwell years ago, so this is a target that I have a good chance of beating next season. And one fish that I was able to watch closely for 10 minutes or so, resolutely refused to rise to a piece of crust despite something like 30 pieces passing over its head. Still, much of this bread then became the free samples in the next swim down and were taken there instead.
It took me a day or two more to edit the video - I am not very good at this at all yet and will be putting much more thought into this going forward. But it has turned out ok, and I was especially pleased with the captions I used this time.
A rather extreme chub take from my video