Keith Arthur’s views on the news

Bread, cheese or a big lob­worm are my top three of­fer­ings

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THIS week’s chub spe­cial set me think­ing about my beloved Thames, and how the species is on the in­crease on the tidal river.

Chub were al­ways rare, rather than un­usual – I reckon I’ve caught no more than 10 in 55 years, al­ways fish­ing meth­ods that pro­duce chub ev­ery­where.

In my mind there are three baits worth us­ing for big win­ter chub. When the wa­ter is that hor­ri­ble green colour after a hard frost bread will pro­duce a bite when all else fails. In fact it will be the only bait worth fish­ing most of the time. A lump of crust the size of the key-fob of your car will do, nailed to the bot­tom with a bomb that won’t move, a hook­length of 10cm or less and a size 2 hook, tied di­rect to 6lb-8lb line.

When the wa­ter is fin­ing down after a flood, smelly cheesep­a­ste made with Dan­ish Blue and ei­ther bread­crumb or boilie mix is what I go for, fished on a sim­i­lar rig to the crust but us­ing a size 6 hook with a grape-sized dol­lop of paste.

When the river is ris­ing or in spate noth­ing out­fishes a lob­worm. My Leeds buddy Steve Fearn­ley told me the way York­shire worm­ers mount their bait – snip­ping off the head, thread­ing the rest of it tail­first up the hook­length us­ing

a bait­ing nee­dle, then put­ting the hook in the cut end and out through the side. You may need a longer hook­length if you’re from the North West, in view of the largest lob­worm ever from the UK. From a Widnes vegetable patch, it mea­sured 16ins long!

There are some huge chub lurk­ing in Thames, like this 7lb 15oz fish taken by Peter Cranstoun last year.

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