Maggot substitute?

Keith M

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Have to get my maggots from Willy Worms. They come in sawdust but as I cannot get any maize meal to put them in can I riddle off dust and put some groundbait in them...?
When fishing in a club team match; after giving them a good clean; if I can’t find any maizmeal in the supermarket or the tackle shop then I occasionally put my maggots in soft bran flakes to keep them dry and stop them from starting to smell of ammonia.

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Dead isn't my preference but they do work. I think the worm approach already suggested would get you some action and pinkies often get something feeding. Even if it is just micro perch.
I fish with bread a lot. Once I got confident with it I often use nothing else. Well hemp is always a good attractor and holding bait even if you don't use it on the hook.
I used to feel I had to take maggots. Anything else was back up. Not having any definitely would not put me off going any more.
Good advice thanks , it seems that bread could actually get the substitute I'm looking for . Cheap , easy to get hold of , pleasant to use . I am even allowed to put it in the freezer 🤣. Any tips on how to prepare it and present it on the hook ?
 

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I'm not sure about the degree hours thing with maggots, I've sometimes had maggots in my bait fridge for 6 to 8 weeks.
After this time they're a bit smaller, but still mainly maggots, still wriggle and still catch fish.
 

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Re bread: I can't copy and paste on this dungwit tablet thing, but if you put "challah" into this site's search box it will take you to the " Wet Bread" thread which should help a lot. For bread punch, google "Fred Davis bread punch" and you should find one of the best articles I've ever read on the subject.
 

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Re bread: I can't copy and paste on this dungwit tablet thing, but if you put "challah" into this site's search box it will take you to the " Wet Bread" thread which should help a lot. For bread punch, google "Fred Davis bread punch" and you should find one of the best articles I've ever read on the subject.
Here’s a link to the Keith Speer ‘Wet Bread’ and how to get the best from it post:


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That article is best thing since sliced bread. Will tell you what you need to know better than anything I could say.
 
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