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    Default Artificial baits?

    Has anyone tried artificial maggots for trotting? How did you get on? Would you try it or would you rather go to another bait?

    I know they won't be as effective as the real thing but sometimes I get 3 fishing days a week and other times, I get 3 fishing days in 3 months, so keeping maggots can sometimes be a bit tricky and expensive (relatively speaking).

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    Default Re: Artificial baits?

    They work ok but baiting up may be expensive you will be as well to buy a pint of live maggots and freeze them in quantaties you use, Dead maggots work a treat.

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    Default Re: Artificial baits?

    A few years back I watched Dick Clegg use artificial moggots while demonstrating trotting on the River Test at Broadland's Country Fair.
    He seemed to be getting bites but I never saw him hook a single fish.

    I asked why he wasn't using natural maggots and was told that they had been banned by the Estate following their staff finding trout being grilled behind one of the stands the previous year!

    Why use maggots anyway?
    Far more effective and lower cost baits are available.
    Wheat, bread, slugs, shelled snails etc,etc.

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    I tried them but by the time you've loose fed a couple of pints it starts to get very expensive

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    Default Re: Artificial baits?

    Quote Originally Posted by lee71 View Post
    They work ok but baiting up may be expensive you will be as well to buy a pint of live maggots and freeze them in quantaties you use, Dead maggots work a treat.
    Empty hook boxes lined with toilet roll make ideal cryogenic stasis capsules for maggots. Just remember to 'bring them out' in a controlled manner or they can become confused and aggressive
    [I][ Insert philosophical waffle about fly fishing here ][/I]

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee71 View Post
    They work ok but baiting up may be expensive you will be as well to buy a pint of live maggots and freeze them in quantaties you use, Dead maggots work a treat.
    Good point!
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    I use them a lot for tench. Popped up, mounted on a hair, on a bolt rig. Very effective, and have the advantage that small fish don't seem very interested in them and in any case can't chew them off. I've caught a few 8oz rudd on them, but mostly the small stuff just aren't interested - which makes me sceptical that they would be great for trotting.

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    I've never tried artificial maggots, but occasionally as a change bait have tried the Power Bait bright orange bead thingies (like a string of orange pearls)...



    The grayling around here are looking for loose salmon eggs at this time of year and the orange blob things make a decent, if oversized (not that that is necessarily a bad thing) representation of one.

    Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

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    I tried them today...what a day!

    The river was just slightly swollen and obviously scarred from the mass of water that had rushed through at the beginning of the week. I walked the river a bit and got myself set up.

    First cast and the Avon float shudders a little and then gently plops under....happy days! I immediately realised this was a big fish and so, battle commenced. After a few seconds, my heart sunk as I saw a flash of yellow as the fish rolled near the surface - a trout. My heart sunk even further when I netted and weighed it (in the net), 3lbs 6ozs, excluding the weight of the net! By far the biggest trout of what has been a poor season. Only, the season is over!

    I quickly got the trout back in the water and cast again...2nd cast and 2nd trout . This one was about 8ozs and went back quickly.

    After this, it went quiet for a while but I was losing my maggots frequently, surely I wasn't missing all of these takes! Bloody minnows!

    Long story short, I tried the artificial maggots, to avoid losing my bait to minnows every cast. I ended up with 4 grayling, biggest was 1lb 1oz and another tiny OOS brownie.

    Cracking day and I didn't do much baiting as I didn't want to attract the trout, seemed to work - eventually!



    Col, such a heathen! Artificial baits?

    I've used that stuff before, on Kielder and Derwent. On it's day, it will take dozens of stockies, not thought of trying it on the river though...
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    Default Re: Artificial baits?

    Hair rig the fake maggots as close to the hook as you can with 3lb co-poly to prevent loss.
    A 3 and an 8lb er what a day

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