Fishing with Maggots

September 11, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Bait

The maggot is available in all respected tackle shops. They are the most popular coarse fishing bait in the UK, most probably because they are a trusted natural bait and for the amount you get, are very cheap to buy.
fishing bait - maggots

However  the main reason for there popularity amongst anglers is that the maggot (if the fish are feeding) is guaranteed to catch all known coarse fish, including the occasional pike! As well as some sea fish such as mullet and game fishing, mainly trout.

Storing & Selecting the Maggot
If stored in a fridge, they will keep for a number of days before they turn into a caster, the caster can equally be a very good bait.
Try to avoid purchasing ‘sweaty’ maggots or slow moving ones, as this means they will be turning to caster shortly. If they over-heat too much, they will die. (even dead maggots can be used as loose feed)

Maggots come in a variety sizes, the smaller ones are know as pinkies. Dyed maggots are also very popular, and colours include red, bronze and yellow. Maggots are bought by the pint (or ½ pint) so it’s well worth buying a variety of colours, although it worth separating these into different bait boxes, as its normally best to throw one colour in as loose feed, and use the other colour on the hook. Each day is different, but keeping the maggots in separate bait boxes keep your options open.

Hooking & Presenting the Maggot

maggot hooks
The best way to hook a maggot is by gently pressing the body and its ‘beard’ will stick out, hook this part using a sharp small hook. If the maggot bursts discard it and use a fresh maggot. You may also hook the maggot through its tail end, hook it at the very end, again so it doesn’t burst. A popular method is called top & tail where you use two maggots on the same hook, using the two hooking methods described.

Drennan provide carp and silverfish maggot hooks. Spade end hooks are recommended, as the spade is less visible than an eyed hook.

For carp fishing, you can hook as many as you can on one hook, although the best method it to literally thread about 50 maggots onto fine line using a pin, so you basically have a line full of maggots. Then tie this onto a hair-rig, the maggots will pull tight and form a ball shape. This is irresistible to carp. Other techniques include super glue, and feeder fishing them.
The key to maggot fishing is to keep the bait fresh, and wriggling maggot is better than a static one. So change your bait when the maggot is looking dull.

A good trick is to breathe on the maggot before it goes into the cold water. Warming up the maggot just before it hits the water will send it into a wriggling frenzy!

The maggot is the larvae of the bluebottle, you could make you own maggot hatchery at home by using a dead chicken or sheeps heart to attract the flies, but these day its really much easier to purchase from your local shop, or go to your nearest maggot farm and buy by the bucket full!

If you ever run out of maggots, there are also maggot vending machines availalbe!! What ever next?

Bass Fishing in Cornwall – at night

September 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

bass fishing in CornwallSeptember to December can produce some very big bass from the shores around Cornwall.

It’s best to go just after a very stormy period, so the sea is still rough, and surf quite large.

Fish an incoming tide (about 2 hours after low tide is best), in the evening just as its going dark. I advise you get there a little earlier so you can setup in the daylight!
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Plugging for Bass

September 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

bass fishing plugThe sea bass is one of the most desired fish to catch off the UK shore. Known for its hard fighting, catching this fish on plugging gear makes the catch extra special.

The setup is very eay, simply attach the plug to the main line. If the plug does not come equipped with a swivel (most do), its worth adding a trace from the main line connected via a swivel. This will stop the main line from twisting a fraying.

Use a  heavy spinning rod between 9-11ft, with a medium sized fixed spool reel when plugging. You need this setup with a fixed spool reel in order to cast further, a multiplier doesn’t work as well when there is no weight.

There is no right or wrong plug to use, you could try a popper, deep diver or any other, they all differ depending on the weather conditions, the depth you are fishing and the terrain. Simply keep swapping if you have no success, but when you find the bass plug which works, you should catch regularly.

Plugging for Bass from the Rocks
‘Rock hopping’ as it;’s known is the best way to cover a lot of ground, basically fish very light. A rod, reel and bag full of spinners and plugs. Look out for gullies and rock peaks and fish from these, cover all areas by casting in all directions. Reel in at different speeds and change plugs for different depths.

Plugging for Bass from a Boat
The same technique should be used from a boat, cast in all directions, from the boat you have a 360 degree rotation, so cast in all directions to cover all the ground. Bass tend to feed close in, so only go 50 or a 100 yards from the coastline, or find a peak of rocks and fish around these.

Bass like oxygenated water, so water splashing against rocks or gushing through gullies attract them, and sand eels (which is their natural food source).

Bass are most active on spring tides, and plugging is best between the months of June and November. Although the bigger bass tend to show from October to November.

Popular Bass plugs include:
The storm saltwater chug bug
Storm Jointed Thunderstick
Rapala Countdown Magnums
Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow

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September 2, 2008 by  
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Stalking Carp

September 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Methods

How often do you sit in one spot all day, only to blank?

Well, it’s never happened to me, why you ask? Because if I see they day turning out to be a duff I leave one rod baited up with my bite alarms set, and head around the lake to do some stalking.

Carry as little as possible, depending how far from my swim in going I normally just take my rod and reel, bait, landing net and unhooking mat. If I’m close to my swim the unhooking mat stays at the swim, as when I catch I take the carp back to the swim.

The key is to tread as lightly around the bank as possible, and keep low down, especially if the sun is behind you as your reflection will go over the water and spook any fish.

If the lake is clear, look out for carp, I advise you invest in a good set of sunglasses, as the reflection and glare is removed and carp will be very easy to spot. If the weather conditions are dim, or you are spotting fish from a distance then a decent pair of binoculars will help, and they should fit into your bag easily, or just hand them around your shoulder.

If the water is brown, look out for muddy swirls or water movements as this is a sign of carp feeding on the bottom.

If by reeds, watch out for the reed cluttering together as this is a sign of carp swimming and feeding between them.

When stalking I keep things very simple, normally just a hook length tied to my main line, with a hook.  No weights, floats or anything else.

I throw very little bait in, as I want fast results, and then move onto another location, so only half a handful of bait is thrown in to entice the fish to feed, using this small amount I can guarantee the carp will be onto my bait within a few minutes, if they aren’t I move on…

The bait i tend to use for this method is either pellets or a lump of bread flake squashed on the hook so it sinks. If the fish are feeding on the surface I use either bread flake or dog biscuits.

Fishing with only a hook prevents the carp from being spooked, to detect bites I simply watch the line, when it moves about a foot I strike, if fishing on the surface I just watch the carp suck the bait in and then strike.

Using these methods I catch big carp 20lbs+ as I can see the fish I want to catch and drop the bait right in front of them, this tactic works 90% of the time.