The Maggot


The humble maggot has been used to catch fish for decades. I cannot think of a coarse fish that cannot be caught using them in one form or another including fish such as Pike and huge Catfish. For many years as a child i wouldn't even consider going fishing without a least one pint of my favourite colour.

Their popularity has remained throughout scares such as cancer from the dye used to colour them which could be transfered into your mouth via your fingers when you smoked or ate after using them. However thankfully times have changed and modern dyes are as safe as you would expect and don't leave nasty stains on your fingers. One thing which has remained the same is the unmistakable smell of ammonia as you remove the lid on the bait box. Love it or hate it that smell has remained burned in my soul since I first bought my first pint and brings back fond memories of childhood fishing trips.

Its difficult to say how the maggot starts it life, it's a bit like the chicken and the egg story. But initally it starts as a fly who lays its 'eggs' on a suitable food source such as a piece of rotting meat. These hatch into tiny grubs which feed on the meat until such time after they have reached maturity as a maggot they slowly turn into a chrysalis or 'caster' as we call them.

Depending on the surrounding conditions such as ambient temperture it could be a matter of days before the chrysalis turns a dark brown after which it splits open to reveal a fresh new fly to start the process over again. Leave a tub of maggots in the boot of your car and see how long it takes for the box to become a buzzing frienzy of activity!




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