Chub And Perch On The Middle Severn – How To Tell A Chub From A Dace

We’re in a glorious spell of weather at the moment and I made the most of it by having an enjoyable session on the River Severn in Shropshire.

You can see how I got on via the video below, which, as always, includes some tips.

In addition, with a small chub on the bank, I show the dorsal and anal fins so that you can tell the difference between that species and a dace.

You can see mallard and kestrel in the video. I also spotted the full house of house martin, sand martin, swallow and swift.

With lots of young martins and swallows around, at one stage when a kestrel flew across the river, the latter mobbed the bird of prey.

I fished with a Fox Barbel Special 11’ rod and an Okuma Zeon reel. The 6lb Maxima Chameleon went straight through.

The six-inch hook-length was created by a size 6 Dinsmores shot and a 5mm ESP bead. The cage feeder was a Drennan 15g and the hook a Drennan Super Specialist size 10.

I fished worm on the hook and filled the cage feeder with brown crumb and red maggots.


  1. The mouth can be a bit of a give away – when you see a box like big mouth coming to the net it’s usually a chub! Then as you say dace dented, chub curved.


    1. Indeed, Clive. Absolute caverns! I was thinking more in terms of when you catch very small chub like I did. I do love a big dace though, great fish!

      1. Yes the very small stuff is hard to identify and I was ‘blitzed’ by really small stuff on the trotted maggots at the Stour on Saturday. Tbh I didn’t even bother trying to identify the midgets and labelled them all as either minnows or generic silver fish!


        1. Sounds like great fun. I actually quite like catching small fish, especially the mini-species!

  2. Hi Stewart,

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your YouTube videos and blog. It makes such a refreshing change from today’s “catch at all costs “ and the negative disparaging views you read on much of the internet these days!
    Reminds me of gentler angling times which were very much to the fore when I started as a lad and I find that both inspirational and uplifting.
    You are now firmly saved as one of my favourites !

    Wishing you tight lines and good luck in your fishing
    Tim Bryant