Last Updated 26 April 2013
Group Founded 1972 President:- Fred Sykes Former Presidents:- Charles Landells :: Peter Stone :: Dick Walker
Welcome to the web site of the
Chub Study Group
The C.S.G. The UK’s first and only group for the specimen/specialist chub angler
The Chub Study Group is a long established small friendly group of like-minded specimen anglers dedicated to the pursuit and study of Chub. Founded in 1972 we are now in our 39th year and has recently published it’s 2nd book ‘CHEVIN’... see below
Group members fish the rivers and stillwaters of England, Scotland, Wales and, in recent years, the rivers of some Scandinavian countries in their pursuit of old Chevin, “the fearful-est of fishes” We are small in number but big in reputation amongst fellow specimen anglers and groups.
Fred Sykes appointed Group President
Following the sad loss of Group President and founding member Charles Landells in December 2009, longstanding member and well respected specimen angler Fred Sykes was appointed Life Group President at the Annual General Meeting held in Bedford February 2011.
Chub Weight Calculation Table
A recent addition to this web site is the C.S.G. girth/weight/weight table. An accurate method of calculating the chubs weight from its length and girth measurements
The Defra consultation on proposals for future engagement following the proposed abolition of EPACs and RLFACs (Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees also known as FERACs) has been published.
There is a link to the Defra consultation on our website which can be found HERE
The closing date for the consultation is 23 January 2012.
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Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has launched a new web site for
anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the
UK: The new site is easy to use and will gather vital data
to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries. It has been
launched to coincide with the start of the coarse fishing season on rivers.
The Angling Trust succeeded in persuading the Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon to carry out a review of the licensing procedures and he has stated that he is prepared to take “bold decisions”. As part of this review, the Trust needs data on the abundance of cormorants to convince the government to take decisive action.
Anglers can record sightings and activity of cormorants anywhere in the UK, directly onto a Google Maps driven micro-site HERE
Users will also be able to scroll around the map and zoom in to view details of each
recorded cormorant sighting and watch the real picture of cormorant predation in
UK waters build up week by week.
The Trust’s aim is to persuade DEFRA to simplify licensing procedures and allow greater controls on cormorant numbers. It is hoped that this data will also be factored into a wider pan European study on cormorants
Although any initiative that addresses the very real threat to the nations fisheries is welcomed, sadly it has taken the Angling Trust almost three years to pick up on the excellent work initially started by NAFAC and the late Terry Mansbridge, working with the bird organisations, and continued by his successor as NAFAC Chair, Martin Read.
‘Cormorantbusters’ is a web site started some years ago by Martin and the Yorkshire based monthly Angling Star publication. You might also like to sign the Avon Roach Project’s Cormorant Campaign petition HERE
to those clubs that are members of the Angling Trust AND Fish Legal
I provide technical advice to the Angling Trust on hydropower issues after having
retired from the Environment Agency where I was latterly the fisheries lead on hydro
issues. I would like to bring a couple of things to your attention and possible dissemination
to your members.
The guidance that the Agency provide to advice both internal staff and would-be hydro developers is being reviewed. The review was only achieved after a lot of pushing by the Angling Trust and others as we feel it is totally inadequate to protect fisheries. The consultation can be viewed and responded to here:
It would be good to get responses from bodies such as yours and individual members
and clubs, The Trust is putting together some bullet points which will appear on
One of my concerns is the potential impact on weir pool habitats. I am sure you are more aware than most the value of these on heavily impounded lowland rivers such as the Trent and Thames. Even where hydro turbines are situated on or adjacent to the weir, little flow will actually flow into the main body of the weir pool and that which exits the turbine will have much of its energy taken out (obviously!)
This logically must affect the habitat, especially the gravel shallows on which chub, dace and barbel spawn. The EA have already sanctioned what I believe to be damaging schemes on the Trent, Thames and Warks Avon, with many more planned. There is a scheme which has been in existence for a number of years on the Trent at Beeston. Consultants have concluded that the habitat and fish population has not been damaged, but I have seen catch data which indicates a big decline of barbel in the locality, so much so that the angler no longer fishes it.
I wonder whether any of your members fish, or have fished, there and whether they have any observations, is it possible to ask?
If you'd like more information on the issues with hydropower, just ask.
Here’s how they raise the money to ruin our, and HERE
Dr Alan Butterworth. Technical Director, Angling Trust
Group Photo Albums.
At the recently held Group A.G.M. members voted to include the Groups photograph albums on this web site. As these go back to 1972 this process will take some time. When completed these will be found within the Members Area, with a small alternating selection being made available for general public viewing
These have now been scanned and will be uploaded as soon as possible
A Lea ‘9’ Bob Hornegold (Osprey Specimen Group) eventually nets his fish of a life-time Read more HERE
At the Groups A.G.M. held 26th February 2012, members voted to maintain the membership numbers at the current record high level.
Although we could continue to take on ever-more members the feeling of the current membership was that for the levels to increase more, the Group would lose what has always been its unique features, the friendliness & openness and the long lasting friendships that have built and grown over the years.
Even ex members who might for whatever reason have let their interest in chub fishing drop keep in touch and regularly attend our get together weekends.
Anyone wishing to join the Group will now be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted when and if there are any vacancies.
Site Updates - Group Information
A new Specialist Angling section on the Angling Trust web site HERE
Read the Angling Trust’s Statement on Hydropower schemes HERE
The Predation Action Group goes live. Read more HERE
PAG new web site HERE
Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter meet MPs Read more HERE
The Angling Trust has joined forces with BASC (the British Association for Shooting and Conservation) to launch a new service for members of angling’s representative body.
Any of the Trust’s member clubs, fisheries or riparian owners who are experiencing damage to their fish and fisheries by cormorants can call the Cormorant Control Hotline on 01244 573019 where BASC’s game and game-keeping department will give advice about the best way to deal with the problem within the constraints of the current cormorant control licence and wherever possible visit the fishery and carry out the shooting free of charge. BASC’s Game and Game-keeping Department will also give free help applying for and completing the paperwork required for a licence from Natural England
Read more HERE
Fred, who is also a member of the British Carp Study Group,(BCSG) said he was very honoured at being asked to become President of the C.S.G.
Fred joined the C.S.G. in 1973 and becomes the Groups fourth President following Charles Landells, Peter Stone and Dick Walker, all giants in the specimen fish world.
As Fred would say “Its Magic”
|End of the Rainbow...Fred Sykes|
|Chub on the fly...Graham Cornish|
|Observations - Stewart Allum|
|Little Lads Page... Baby Scouse|
|Letter ... Stuart Sheperd|
|A Blast From The Past ... Peter Stone|
|Harrys Brains .. Bob Buteux|
|R Lea - Big Chub .. Bob Hornegold|
|Basic Fish Photography|
|Other book reviews|
|AT Game Fishing|
|Martin Salters Campaigning Blog|
|Around The Regions|
|Lee Swords Angling Antics|
|Martin Wombles Wanderings|