He normally fishes over a bed of dead maggots but on his latest session had none and instead fished the lobworms
over no bait at all.
I was just about to apply the customary two red maggots to the hook when my host produced a handful of huge lobworms
The hot weather has really brought the water's catfish on to the feed, with Paul Passmore landing a 31-pounder from Stuarts along with a specimen 4lb 8oz eel on lobworm
Twenty-two anglers fished and a single chub was enough for him to win it, though it was a nice fish of 4lb 12oz, which couldn't resist his legered lobworm
Simon McArdle of Brotherton was runner up with 3lb 4oz, while Graham Skirrey of Maver/Mary's Tackle came third with 1lb 4oz on a river that remains out of sorts.
The biggest UK worm is the lobworm
, which lives in burrows deep beneath the surface and emerges mainly at night to drag down leaves and other organic material to digest in its burrow.
Drawn on the end peg at Pilling Lane,he got a head start when he edged his tackle along the boat track with pole-fished lobworm
. After half an hour hooked a 1lbperch.
Reluctantly, I changed my bait to a large lobworm
and tried again.
The fish - which was caught at Drumkinnon Bay on Loch Lomond - tipped the scales at 4lb after 10-year-old Sean tempted it with a lobworm
on a size 14 hook.
This is a canal that flows like a river and club member Graham Underhill used a stick float with lobworm
hook bait hoping for one of the venue's big perch when the personal-best chub came along.
Try simple legering using hookbaits like cheesepaste, lobworm
and boilies - or put on a swimfeeder and feed in maggots.
John Wilkinson weighed in 3lb 10oz, his fish taking a lobworm
. Simon McArdle was runner up with 2lb 6oz, and John Milican, of Billingham Tackle Box, was third with 1lb 14oz.
The Bidford-on-Avon angler was float-fishing on the Great Ouse when the massive 5lb 6oz perch - the biggest taken from any English river other than the Thames - snaffled his lobworm
On the Tyne, brothers Paul and Andrew Collins recorded double figure nets of chub, dace and gudgeon from the Federation water at Ovingham in midweek with the best chub a 2lb 13oz specimen taken on ledgered lobworm
He started on lobworm
but after an hour switched to floatfished breadflake and his float immediately buried under the weight of a 7lb 11oz mirror carp - his first carp from a river.
Further south, Barry Whitcock, who was seeking out barbel and chub from a peg on the Swale near Topcliffe connected with a monster of a fish that took his lobworm
bait a 15lb 14oz common carp.