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    I tend to use red and white maggots if I use them at all! Are pinkies preferred by certain species over normal maggots and when would you use bronze?

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    In commies I like pinkies but for natural venues red maggot buried in a red "carp hook" is a killer tactic.

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    More to do with the size of hook and bait presentation. I used to use them when I wanted a really small bait on a tiny hook mostly in winter or on canals or when scratching for bites.

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    The fish on certain venues appear to show a general preference to different coloured maggots. However, go on a different day and you might get a different impression of what that preference might be. Pinkies tend to often be considered as a bait for smaller fish and canals. They can be a good bait when the going is tough. The name doesn't indicate their colour, they can be dyed any colour, they are simply greenbottle larvae rather than normal maggots being bluebottle larvae. Squat(t)s are the larvae of houseflies and are generally used because they don't tend to burrow into a lakebed. Gozzers are the only other type of maggot I'm aware of. However, these are usually homegrown and not generally available to buy from a tackle shop. Availability of the other types can also be hit and miss. Many shops don't keep squat(t)s these days and some won't have pinkies regularly either. Demand for either has died away with the rise of commie fishing.

    I tend to buy a mix of reds and whites for stillwater fishing, unless I feel that the venue tends to show a marked preference for another colour. I may occasionally ask for a sprinkling of discos (fluro pink) to give me a change colour. When it comes to my local rivers, reds and whites will do the business, but, based on experience, I tend to favour bronze.

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    Have found that River Ribble fish seem to prefer red maggots over other colours. Maybe this is because more red maggots than others go into the river ie a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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    Short memory Mike?

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    Can't add much, Mike. Bronze were de rigueur for a long time for river fishing, and I have a liking for them for roach and chub. Reds then came into favour and dominate sales. Not sure why, although there were issues with some bronze dyes, and even now with safe dyes I think it's fair to say that reds, with the colour fed in to growing maggots, stay bigger and keep their colour better than surface dyed bronze, which seem to me, at least, to shrink more and fade quite fast. Someone here probably knows all about different dyes and their effect on the bait.

    Pinkies are, as well as a very good small fish bait, attractive to small tench, and I always take some red or disco pinkies when after them in the spring.

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    I always get a pint of red and a pint of whites all chucked in together. I use them as a cocktail of colours on the hook and often add some corn with them on my hook.
    If I had one choice of maggot colour it would be natural white, it always catches as good or better than any other colour for me.

    Chris, I reckon maggots burrowing into the substrate is an old wives tale bud. Manys the time i've dropped some into the margins and they never bury themselves. I'm not sure it's possible for them to do so even if they wanted to because they're quite bouyant and if they press onto the substrat they push themselvel up in the water....i've checked em out in a tank also .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger View Post
    Chris, I reckon maggots burrowing into the substrate is an old wives tale bud. Manys the time i've dropped some into the margins and they never bury themselves. I'm not sure it's possible for them to do so even if they wanted to because they're quite bouyant and if they press onto the substrat they push themselvel up in the water....i've checked em out in a tank also .
    I wouldn't dispute it. However, the buggers will crawl away from the baited area given time. I've had them crawl up and out of fifteen feet of water on the syndicate. I doubt that would happen with squats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam vimes View Post
    I wouldn't dispute it. However, the buggers will crawl away from the baited area given time. I've had them crawl up and out of fifteen feet of water on the syndicate. I doubt that would happen with squats.
    15 foot of water!.....you must have dropped them in the edge when feedimg, or someone had been there before you. They can't crawl anywhere in water, they just suffocate and stretch out fair quick really.....unless you'd been feeding them some crushed iotopes or summot lol..

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