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I'm looking for a good method for gathering chubs and places for them in or around the mansfield area. I have one spot but its deep and rocks so netting is out any idea's i'm new back to OH and could use some help. also any good places for shad.:smile2:
 

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phil. i have had limited sucess seining them, the usually hit the seine and shoot off to the sides, and they are very quick to hide up under the banks as you stumble through the water. I use chubs all season long, and simply catch mine on rod and reel using a reel small hook with a couple split shots above it on wax worms or nightcrawlers. you can also use small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm fished below a small bobber. small spinners like rooster tails work sometimes, if you fish them slowly. If the creek has an abundant supply of chubs or suckers you shouldn't have a hard time catching them on one of those simple methods. You can also us a minnow trap, but the larger chubs always come on rod and reel...goodluck to you and welcome to the site......rollo
 

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phil. i have had limited sucess seining them, the usually hit the seine and shoot off to the sides, and they are very quick to hide up under the banks as you stumble through the water. I use chubs all season long, and simply catch mine on rod and reel using a reel small hook with a couple split shots above it on wax worms or nightcrawlers. you can also use small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm fished below a small bobber. small spinners like rooster tails work sometimes, if you fish them slowly. If the creek has an abundant supply of chubs or suckers you shouldn't have a had time catching them on one of those simple methods. You can also us a minnow trap, but the larger chubs always come on rod and reel...goodluck to you and welcome to the site......rollo
I agree Rod and reel is probly the best way i have found to get good size chubs. Minnow traps work good but i seem to get alot of them that are too small to use. I would fish rock and brush in creeks with a small hook and wax worm on a little bobber them seem to hide very easily in any kind of structure but they will come out to eat usually.
 

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I agree with Jason .... you don't have to have a very big stream either ... they inhabit most any body water around ... they do like water that is well aerated. I usually like to fish a pool just below a riffle using a bobber, No. 8 hook and meal or wax worm. Fish for them close to shore. Good Luck ....... Garry-
 

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I find the biggest ones around bridges and in the riffles and the bottom edge,I have fished for them with rod and reel and also in clean rocky bottoms find small castnet to be effective
 

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welcome to the boc phil, work in mansfield and live in fredericktown, dont know how far you want to drive, but i catch mine over at kokosing resevoir in the creek that feeds it, if you want to go fishing sometime just send me a pm lots of warmouths and sunfish in there too :wink:
 

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i always bend the barb down on the hook that way u dont injure them when removing the hook if their hooked deep or use a umbrella net put a flat rock in the center of net get the rock wet and put some flour on it set in the water wait a few minutes pull it up usally catch several that way
 

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Small creeks is where I get mine. Look for chubs to hide where you think cats would lurk if it were a bigger system. They like holes and snaggs, I've found. If the water is clear its fun to site fish them.... they will spook but they are aggressive. I've found them to be very tuned into spashes of bait. Let your bait splooosh in the water, The chubs will hone in on it quick.
Last note. If your not getting bites or bait in a few casts. Move on....
If they are there they will let you know.
Good luck
 

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Phil, Any small creek, or small river (upstream), will work. I started out catching bait on the Licking river in Newark. The river is only 40 or 60ft across most of the time. The areas I caught chubs and suckers the most was the tail end of a riffle, and into the hole. Get a thin PENCIL float, clip it on your line 6 inches more than the bottom is deep, no sinkers, Cast upstream and let it come back toward you. ( So your bait just skims the bottom as it travels with the current.) Do that first, Then move the float up to about 3 or 4ft from the bait. That is the average depth of creek holes. Do the same, cast up into the riffle, and watch the float, if it moves different, set the hook. I cannot tell you what size hook I used to buy. They were Tru-Turn hooks, small enough to hook a mosquito. lol I still have a few and they are 1/4 inch tall, and 1/8 inch from the point to the shaft. All-in-All they are just like Rollo's ice jigs ,cept they are plain and you have to put on some kind of bait.
 

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Hey thanks for the info i'll look some of you guys up i like to travel some in the summer months i had a real sweet spot in SE ohio for channels and flats if anyone lives that way its in wills creek.:smile2::smile2::smile2:
 

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I like using egg hooks or size 12 eagle claws with a small piece of worm.
 
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