Brighten your day with fluoros
MAGGOTS are proving to be a good winter bait at many commercial venues, especially when the carp and bream have a good feed.
Expander pellets have been producing fish for some, but grubs are very reliable in the colder months.
Tempting that first bite is always an important issue, and there is nothing better than a red maggot to determine what sort of a day you are going to have.
If you struggle to get bites on it, you are likely to be in for a tough session, but if you get a bite first chuck and then on the next one, it’s likely to be a good day.
If the fish are small, maybe a switch to a worm, a caster or an expander pellet could increase the stamp of fish.
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What’s being caught? Roach are the mainstay, but bream are feeding in the mild weather, too. Some tidy perch as well. Tactics? Pinkies and maggots over crumb on a pole or whip for the silver fish and a few bream. Crumb feeder with red maggots or chopped worm for the bream.
If red maggot isn’t working for you, it’s time to reach for fluorescent baits, single fluoro maggot or double fluoro pinkie.
These, especially the latter, are the saviour baits that often tempt a few bites on a day when nothing else will, attracting better-quality fish as well as the smaller ones.
On some days, live fluoros work better than dead ones, while on other days it’s the other way around.
The great thing is that you never need a lot of them – a quarter of a pint of pinkies is often more than enough for a session.
Some top anglers mix dead pinkies in with dead red and fluoro maggots. So, whatever species you go for, make sure that you have some of each bait with you this weekend!
Fluorescent maggots and pinkies can give you an edge in winter.